Are you planning to Travel to Eritrea? Eritrea is one of the most unique countries in the world. The country is located in the horn of Africa. But, Eritrea is not just another African country. You will find a tinge of Arabian culture because of its broad shores facing the Middle East. It has blend of European culture because of its colonization by British and Italians. And it is African, simply because it is in Africa. Apart from the unique Eritrean culture, there too many attractions in Eritrea to resist the temptation to travel to Eritrea.
Eritrea has historically been one of the least traveled countries. But, now after its 2018 peace agreement with Ethiopia is ready to welcome tourists seeking a refreshing break from modern and commercial way of life. Eritrea with its vast and beautiful beaches, a hospitable and diverse culture, and a scenic natural landscape, still unknown to many is sure to have that soothing effect on your soul. The Eritrean beaches on the Dahlak islands are clean, crystal clear, white and pristine.
How to Get Eritrea Visa and Travel to Eritrea
Eritrean visa requirements vary depending on the country of your residence. If your country of residence has an Eritrean Embassy, you would need to apply for a visa to Eritrea through the embassy which might take months to complete the process. However, you can apply for an easy Eritrean visa on arrival if you have proof of residence in a country where there is no Eritrean embassy. You would need to submit a copy of your passport, one to three passport size photos of yourself, your full residence address, and an email address.
Eritrean national flag carrier airline provides a few flight services from some countries. The better alternative flight services for Eritrea travel are offered by EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, or Sudanese Tarco Air.
What to Pack before Eritrea Travel
Some basic things you might like to know before you travel to Eritrea are; Eritrean weather, culture, and Eritrean dress. Eritrea being on Equator has a moderate climate throughout the year. So, from a weather point of view, you don’t need to be worried about warm clothes. However, it would be better to have a thin leather jacket for visiting Eritrean highlands. Eritreans are overall liberal about their dressing. Eritrean people are very accommodating when it comes to facilitating foreigners and tourists. However, to avoid being over prominent in rural areas, it would be better to use more body covering dress. Wearing bikinis or open shoulder dress on Gurgusum beach and Dahlak is also fine.
If you are on some medicine, it is advisable to take those with you, along with your physician’s prescription.
Tourists’ Attractions in Eritrea
Asmara is Eritrea’s capital city. From 2017, the entire Asmara city has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Asmara is a city of thousands of Art Deco, futurist, modernist, and rationalist buildings. Some of such buildings are Fiat Tagliero Building, Teatro d’Opera, Cinema Impero, Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Dahlak islands with its calm and mysterious lagoons of turquoise water, Highlands between Asmara and Massawa, Massawa city, The Gulf of Zula are popular tourists’ attractions in Eritrea.
Hotels in Eritrea
Booking hotels in Eritrea is not a straightforward choice. If you want comfort and luxury, you must book in the only five-star hotel in Asmara. There are also some upper-end hotels which offer reasonable if not the best of services. Electricity, water supplies, and some other issues are an area of concern for lower-end hotels. So, in summer vacation months (June-August), book any upper-end hotel in advance. You may also book upper-end hotels after physically visiting and checking the facilities.
Some other things to consider before you Travel to Eritrea
There are no ATMs in Eritrea, so, you need to keep this in mind. Internet facilities are also rare, but there are some internet cafes in major cities of the country. The country is very safe for foreigners. You need special travel permits when traveling outside of the capital city Asmara.