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Reviewed: 22 December 2011, 13:00 NZDT
Still current at: 20 May 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in the border areas shared with Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti due to ongoing conflict and instability between Eritrea and its neighbouring countries and we advise against all travel within 25 kilometres of these borders.
There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Eritrea due to the unstable security situation and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel. The security situation has the potential to deteriorate with little warning if the tensions between Eritrea and its neighbouring countries escalate.
Eritrea shares with the rest of Africa a threat from terrorism. New Zealanders in Eritrea are advised to be security conscious at all times and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.
New Zealanders are strongly advised against all travel within 25 kilometres of Eritrea’s borders with Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti due to ongoing instability and the risk of violence including bomb attacks, armed banditry and kidnapping.
There are extensive minefields in Eritrea – particularly near the border with Ethiopia. We advise you not to stray off well-used public roads and paths.
Piracy is a significant problem in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Mariners are advised to take appropriate precautionary measures in these waters. For more information view the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report.
The Eritrean authorities treat violations of all laws seriously. All foreign nationals are required to apply in advance for travel permits to leave the capital, Asmara. New Zealanders in Eritrea should be aware of and adhere to all laws, regulations and any restrictions in place on travel to certain areas of Eritrea.
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Eritrea, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens who require consular assistance is severely limited. There have been recent incidents where the local authorities have refused consular access to detained foreign nationals.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Eritrea should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Eritrea are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade