Getting the right Eritrea insurance is a priority if you have plans to visit or work in this amazing country. Although the on-going conflict with Ethiopia has overshadowed the natural and architectural beauty that can be found here; the fact is, many areas of Eritrea are peaceful. Nevertheless, you need to have the right Eritrea insurance in place.
Eritrea – quick facts
- There is a risk of border clashes between Ethiopia and Eritrea so avoid the border area
- International health insurance in Eritrea is essential, along with cover for emergency evacuation
- There are extensive mine fields in many parts of Eritrea
- Road travel can be hazardous particularly in the rainy season
Get the right insurance for Eritrea
- Specialist Eritrea insurance – this can include protection for personnel, property, vehicles and equipment
- We can cover al of your business liabilities in Eritrea and help you to meet contractual and local insurance obligations
- Due to poor infrastructure and healthcare, specialist Eritrea insurance is strongly advised for visitors and expats
- We can cover you for life, personal accident, personal disability, medical emergencies, evacuation and other specialist insurance needs
Possible problems in Eritrea
Eritrea’s borders with Ethiopia, Djibouti and Sudan are problem areas and should be avoided due to the risk of border clashes and unexploded ordnance. Offshore, there have been attacks of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Horn of Africa area. In addition, there are extensive minefields, especially near the Ethiopian border. You are advised against driving on non-metalled roads, driving off-road or hiking in the countryside. You should be aware that in many parts of the country, roads are difficult or impassable during the rainy season.
Street crimes such as theft and robbery are relatively rare in Asmara and other cities, although they may be on the increase, particularly in relation to foreign travellers. It’s sensible to take normal safety precautions – don’t walk around any town alone late at night. Keep cameras and passports out of sight and make sure your Eritrea insurance provides cover for any valuables.
Asmara has one private and three public hospitals, but if you travel beyond the large towns, you are advised to carry a comprehensive medical pack. If you take any prescription drugs, make sure you have enough to last you throughout your stay – and your Eritrea insurance should include appropriate medical cover should you need treatment of any kind whilst in the country.
Latest advice from the FCO
The FCO advise against all travel some border regions. There have been attacks of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Horn of Africa area. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.