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 Eritrea - Formalities

Clearance

The authorities should be contacted by radio before approaching any port. However, yachts have reported stopping in remote anchorages on the way to Massawa before clearing in without experiencing problems.

Sensitive areas, such as those near the border with Sudan, Djibouti, and Ethiopia should be avoided.

Entry formalities have to be completed again at each port of entry even if clearance procedures have already been conducted.

No agent is needed.

A 48-hour shore pass will be issued by the Port authority when you first check in and checked at the port gate on entry and exit.

No visa is required for the first 48 hours.

Travel During the Hajj: Massawa and Asmara are major ports for Muslim pilgrims traveling for the Hajj. During this time of year, there will be increased traffic in and around the ports.

Last updated November 2017.

Immigration

A 48-hour shore pass will be issued upon arrival. For longer stays or travel inland, a visa is required. A 30-day visa can be obtained in Adaga (3km north of Massawa) for US$50 per person. Processing of visas is slow as it is done by computer and power cuts are frequent.

Nationals of Kenya and Uganda may enter visa-free, and nationals of Sudan may obtain a visa on arrival.

It is best to get your visa through an Eritrean consulate or embassy, but some visitors have reported success with a "pre-arranged" visa (essentially the same as a visa on arrival, but with advanced notice given to authorities).

Eritrean Embassies have websites where a visa application can be downloaded. When you apply for a visa to Eritrea, you must do it at an Eritrean diplomatic mission in – or accredited to – the country where you are a citizen and nowhere else. If there is no Eritrean Embassy or other mission in your country, contact your foreign office/ministry to verify the nearest accredited Eritrean mission.

For a tourist visa, you need to submit specific information about when and at what port you will arrive and depart. You may need to assure the authorities that all aboard will be departing on the same yacht. If exchanging crew or leaving via airport, the onward ticket must be shown at check-in.

Archaeological Site Permit
To visit any of the archaeological sites of Eritrea, you’ll need to get a special permit (i.e., the Travel Permit for Foreigners) from the National Museum office of the Ministry of Tourism on Harnet Avenue in Asmara (hours: 800-1200 and 1400-1800 Mon-Fri). More information may be found at the Ministry of Tourism website.

Last updated November 2017.

Customs

Guns in Eritrea are regulated by the Eritrean Police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Civilians are not allowed to possess firearms of any kind.

Firearms must be declared and must be kept on board. Any valuable items that are taken ashore must be declared and registered.

Last updated November 2017.

Health

Precautions should be taken against yellow fever, cholera and malaria. Yellow fever vaccinations are occasionally required on arrival and also the International Vaccination Certificate. Tetanus, polio and hepatitis vaccinations are strongly recommended. Never use unboiled water or milk and peel or cook all fruit and vegetables.

Fees

Harbour fees are low. There is currently no charge in Massawa.

Visa fees of $25-$50 per person depending on nationality.

There are fees for visiting Dahlak National Park from Massawa. $50 per boat plus $20 per person (excluding the captain) for a 10 day visit. Note however that currently these Islands are not open to foreign yachts.

Travel permits cost $1 per person

Last updated November 2017.

Restrictions

Photographing government buildings and military installations is not allowed.

Local Customs

Dress modestly, especially in lowland and predominantly Muslim areas. Shorts and T-shirts are likely to draw attention.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 15, 2016 09:45 PM

From http://socotra.info/ - February 2016
Another sailing boat had problems with the Eritrean authorities. The yacht was kept in the port of Massawa for over a month аfter an emergency stop near the Eritrean coast.

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