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Eritrea Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Nov 14, 2007

This Travel Warning updates information on Eritrea s current security situation and reiterates the Department of States advice that U.S. citizens defer non-essential travel to Eritrea due to restrictions on travel outside the capital city of Asmara and heightened tensions along the Eritrea-Ethiopia border.  This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued on May 2, 2007.

The Government of the State of Eritrea (GSE) continues to restrict the travel of all foreign nationals, including resident diplomats.  These restrictions require all visitors and residents to apply with the GSE 10 days in advance for permission to travel outside Asmara city limits.  As a result, the U.S. Embassy cannot provide consular assistance in an emergency outside of Asmara .  Travelers also should be aware that that the GSE does not inform the U.S. Embassy when American citizens have been arrested or detained.

American citizens considering travel within Eritrea should be aware of the large presence of Eritrean and Ethiopian military forces along the undemarcated Eritrean-Ethiopian border, and rising political tensions between the two countries.  The Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission (EEBC) has said publicly that it plans to publish its border demarcation decision in November, even if the parties to the conflict have not agreed to its specific terms.  This decision could increase instability.  U.S. citizens are strongly advised to avoid travel near the Eritrean-Ethiopian border.

Americans currently living or traveling in Eritrea are strongly encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Asmara in person or through the State Department's travel registration web site, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Eritrea .  By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency and provide updates on the security situations.  The U.S. Embassy is located at 179 Alaa Street, P.O. Box 211, Asmara ; telephone (291-1) 12-00-04; fax (291-1) 124-255 and (291-1) 127-584; web site http://asmara.usembassy.gov/.

For additional information, consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Eritrea , the East Africa Public Announcement, and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov.  American citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada , or 1-202-501-4444 from overseas.

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