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Eritrea Insurance

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.

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Accident and Evacuation
Kidnapping and Ransom
Political Risk

Eritrea – quick facts

  • Despite an end to hostilities between Ethiopia and Eritrea the border region remains dangerous and is often closed
  • 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

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 may need a travel permit to visit outside the Asmara region and you may find that land borders with Ethiopia and Sudan are closed.

Asmara has one private and three public hospitals, but the standard of healthcare is not high and we would advise you to ensure that all of your people carry Medical Evacuation insurance. If you are setting up export/import contracts or other business here, Trade and Political Risk cover to protect your goods or investments would be highly recommended.

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.

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Advice from the FCDO

The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in the UK regularly updates its advice to British travellers about immediate risks.

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