Travel to Asmara, Eritrea
Asmara, Eritrea ??
➰Asmara, or Asmera, is the capital and most populous city of ?? Eritrea and the Central Region.
➰It sits at an elevation of 2,325 meters, making it the sixth highest capital in the world ? by altitude.
➰The city is located at the tip of an escarpment that is both the northwestern edge of the Eritrean highlands and the Great Rift Valley neighboring ?? Ethiopia.
➰In 2017, the city was declared as a UNESCO World ? Heritage Site.
?Phone Service: Cellular?phones are the norm, yet landlines☎️are available in most homes and are more reliable than cellular service. It is very difficult for a tourist to obtain a SIM card for cellular?service. There is no ?data service or roaming available.
? Traffic Laws: If you wish to drive in Eritrea, you must obtain an Eritrea driver’s license; you may not use your U.S. or international driver’s license. The police may stop drivers randomly to inspect driver’s licenses.
?Public Transportation: Buses and taxis, both of which run on pre-established routes, are inexpensive.
? Buses: Extreme over-crowding makes them unsafe and pickpocketing is common.
? Taxis: Requests for any deviation from the route can result in significantly higher fares. You may ask a driver in advance not to take other passengers if you pay a higher fare.
?Photography: Visitors are advised to exercise caution when taking photographs in ?? Eritrea. Often there are no signs/posts stating “no photography,” but individuals found taking photos of military or government installations can face a warning, harassment, confiscation, arrest, detention, or interrogation. Do ? not take photos of Eritreans ?? without their permission.
?The Eritrean Nakfa (ERN) is the official currency. The economy is cash-based and there are no ATMs. Credit cards ? are not accepted, except by a few airline offices. It is illegal to use foreign currency ? to make purchases except at a few official hotels ? where foreigners are required to pay in U.S. dollars ? or Euros. Many businesses will accept U.S. bills printed only from 2003 or later.The currency is around 100 ERN for 1 USD. The currency ? does not have a good demand outside Eritrea.
Cost of Living
➰Cost of living in ?? Asmara is about the same as Toronto, ?? Canada
➰Cost of living in ?? Asmara is 9% cheaper than in Seattle, ?? Washington
➰Cost of living in ?? Asmara is 68% more expensive than in ?? Addis Ababa
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✈️ Recent passport-size photograph must be attached.
? Proof of USA residency permit is required if traveling with non-USA passport.
✈️ Passport must be valid at least six months beyond the dates of the trip.
? For a business visa, a letter from a sponsoring company, stating the purpose of the trip, should be enclosed.
✈️ Proof of sufficient ? funds to cover all expense.
?Requirements can be changed at any time.
Please call for an update
Monday – Friday: 09:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Tel: (202) 319-1991
? Mail VISA Application to:
Embassy of Eritrea
1708 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009
✅ VISA Required:
Non-Citizens of ?? Eritrea or ?? Uganda
✅ VISA on Arrival:
?? Sudanese Citizens
?? Ethiopian Citizens
Valid for 6 months, 2 blank pages
? Yellow Fever (9 Months & Older)
? Customs Information ?
Receipts: Visitors must save all receipts for purchases and foreign exchanges and present these upon departure. Failure to report foreign currency or electronics, or meet customs requirements usually results in confiscation, fine, and imprisonment.
U.S. Embassy Contacts
179 Alaa Street
P.O. Box 211
Telephone: (291) 1-120-004
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(291)1-120-004
Fax: +(291) 1-124-255 and +(291) 1-127-584