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Eritrea

Eritrea: At a glance

Capital: Asmara

Population: 4.47 million

Official language: Tigrinya

Time zone: East Africa Time

Emergency #: 114

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Eritrea: Travel Health Information

Eritrea is known for its natural landscapes and culture. Tourists can take in the art deco architecture of Asmara or go scuba diving in Dahlak. The Medebar Market in Asmara is also a popular attraction.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Eritrea may differ from your home country. Eritrea has public and private healthcare options. Despite significant efforts to improve the healthcare system in recent years, public healthcare facilities remain in poor condition and the quality of care generally inadequate. The public healthcare system in Eritrea is under-staffed and experiences shortages of routine medicines and supplies. There are few private medical centres and hospitals offering a slightly higher standard of care.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in the Eritrea typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation – often to Western Europe – may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Eritrea.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to pharmacies in urban areas is generally good, but is limited throughout the rest of the country. Basic medicines are typically available but shortages are common. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Eritrea’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in urban areas and major thoroughfares connecting cities are paved and well maintained, but roads in rural regions may be unpaved and in poor condition. Winding mountain roads without guardrails can pose a risk. A lack of street lights and wandering animals can also pose a risk, especially at night. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers.



Eritrea: At a glance

Capital: Asmara

Population: 4.47 million

Official language: Tigrinya

Time zone: East Africa Time

Emergency #: 114

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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