Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 29 November 2016, 15:16 NZDT
  • Still current at: 22 March 2018

Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in the border areas with Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, due to ongoing tensions in Eritrea’s relations with these countries, the presence of landmines and the risk of violence, including armed banditry. We advise against all travel within 25 kilometres of these borders, including the town of Teseney, and areas north and west of Barentu, Ak’ordat and Nakh’fa.

High Risk

There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Eritrea due to the unpredictable security situation and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel. The security situation has the potential to deteriorate with little warning should tensions between Eritrea and neighbouring countries escalate.

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Violent Crime
Armed banditry is common near the border with Djibouti, along the coast north of Massawa, and on some rural roads. New Zealanders in Eritrea are advised to exercise a high degree of security awareness at all times.

There are extensive minefields in Eritrea, particularly in border areas. Some may not be marked and travelling or walking in rural or remote areas can be dangerous. We advise you not to stray off well-used public roads and paths.

Piracy has been reported in the coastal waters off Eritrea. Mariners are advised to be vigilant and take appropriate precautionary measures in these waters. For more information view the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report.

General travel advice
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 they are strictly enforced by Eritrean authorities.

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. 

New Zealanders travelling or living in Eritrea should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes 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.

See our regional advice for Africa

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