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  • The price level and black market
    The price level and black market
    by georeiser
  • Street traders in Asmara
    Street traders in Asmara
    by georeiser
  • Fruits in Asmara
    Fruits in Asmara
    by georeiser

Eritrea Favorites

  • The food situation in Eritrea

    There are no hunger in Eritrea, but the country faces some food security problems. Eritrea has rejected foreign assistance. I noticed lack of some kind of food. The assortment in the shops were not to good, and the menu content in the cafes shows more than they can offer due to unavailability. Local beer is a good example of this due to to shortage...

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  • money and prices in eritrea

    The prices in eritrea are going up a little bit in the last years. There is only one way to get money in Eritrea: Western Union. The official rate is unrealistic and make the trip expensiv compared to other countries. also you have to screw.

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  • COUNTRY INFORMATION

    COUNTRY INFORMATION:Visa: Visa must be arranged at the embassies before enter the country.Mobil phone: No roaming. Not possible to buy SIM cards for tourists.ATM: No ATM in Eritrea. Change currency at official exhange offices, and sign the transaction on a custom receipt.Recommended language: English.Infrastructure: Very poor.Friendliness by the...

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  • Internet is slow

    Internet in Eritrea is very slow and some sites are not available. Sometimes takes 5 minutes to load a page. People told me it was faster before. I even heard that the slow line is a part of the censor in the country. A slow line is easier to control than a fast one, and the line is too slow to send videos. Yahoo mail is OK and load much faster...

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  • No visa on arrival

    It is not possible to get visa on arrival at Asmara airport. And of course not possible at other places in Eritrea either. I had to send my passport to the Eritrean Embassy in Stockholm two weeks before I left. Fill out the visa application form, add 2 pass photos. A tourist visa costs aprox 500 Swedish kroner (70 USD) incl. the postal fee....

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  • Mass media and controlled press in...

    .TV:Eri TV is the only TV station in Eritrea. But it's possible to see other TV channels with a parabol antenna.Radio:Voice of the Broad Masses of Eritrea (Dimtsi Hafash) - state-run, in 11 languages Radio Zara - state-runNewspaper:Hadas Eritrea - government-owned, published three days a week Eritrea Profile - government-owned weekly, in English...

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  • Banners of national symbols

    The military has a great influence on the society in Eritrea, and is the direct cause for Eritreas independence. Banners of the national symbols can be bought at different shops in Eritrea. The photos here are taken at the airport in Asmara.

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  • Money

    When you arrive Eritrea you have to sign and declare all your money to the customs. Keep the paper, because you will need it when you shall leave the country. If you have changed too little money at official rate, the customs will ask to see your money.There are two ways to change forreign currency into Nakfa, the Eritrean money. 1) You can change...

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  • Using mobile phone in Eritrea

    There is only one mobile phone operator in Eritrea, Eritel (January 2009). To buy a sim card you need to have a residence in Eritrea. You can not buy credit as you can in other African countries. Roaming with other sim cards doesn't work. The country code is +291.

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  • Practical info from a December 2008 trip

    Given the dearth of information about Eritrea, we thought it would be useful to tell you about our experiences when we visited for 2 weeks in December 2008.Visas - As is well documented, the visa you obtain to visit Eritrea only lets you travel to Asmara. You need to visit the Tourist Office on Harnet Avenue and apply for a tourist travel permit...

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  • Eritrean language "Tigrinya"

    There are 9 languages in Eritrea (Tigrinya, Arabic, Tigre, Afar, Saho, Bega, Bilen, Nara and Kunama). Tigrinya is the most common language. Here are some words:I - aneYou - nusiki (to woman), nusika (to man) We - nehenaYes - ouweNo - afalonHow are you? - kame ale ki (to woman), kame ale ka (to man)Good - TsebuchI love you - jefkre ki (to woman),...

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  • Hard Currency in Eritrea

    One more advise, in addition to declaring all your hard currency on arrival and keeping receipts while in Eritrea, do not use non authorized money changers. The government is very strict on this and you will be requested to show the balance of your money and all the changes you made on departure. The only authorized money changing agency is called...

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  • Hard Currency In Eritrea

    One more advise, in addition to declaring all your hard currency on arrival and keeping receipts while in Eritrea, do use non authorized money changers. The government is very strict on this and you will be requested to show the balance of your money and all the changes you made on departure. The only authorized money changing agency is called...

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  • Photography

    While print film is easy to get, the only place where I could find slide film in Eritrea was this shop in Asmara, near the entrance to the presidential palace north of the western end of Harnet Avenue.Stock up on film here (or bring enough from home) as you can't count on finding what you need once out in the country, and as Eritrea can be very...

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  • Money

    While some of the banks in Eritrea are so beautiful they are worth a look for the architecture alone, you should avoid monetary transactions with any of them!The reason is simple: there is a very active and obvious black-market, giving much better than the official rate for your CASH dollars.For this reason, you should not bring money in form of...

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  • Permits

    Burocracy is alive and well in Eritrea, unfortunately.Even though you have already needed a visa to enter the country, you will need extra permits to visit just about anything of interest.These include:~ Travel PermitsRequired to go anywhere besides Asmara, Massawa and Keren. Easy to get at the Tourism Office in Asmara, and free. However for...

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  • Visas

    Eritrea has few embassies around the World.In Africa, you can find them in Egypt, Sudan and Djibouti, but NOT in Ethiopia!Overseas, there are Eritrean embassies in the USA, the UK, France, Germany and Italy, as well as Yemen.Visas are usually issued in 1 day if necessary at a cost of 40-50 USD.

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  • Food, drinks, and pictures

    The only place in Eritrea that I travelled was the port city of Massawa. A town of 20,000, most of it lies in complete destruction from 30 years of war with Eritrea. There are only a couple of restaraunts that serve either fish and shrimp only and a number of small bars (20 seats) that serve either whiskey or one brand of a local beer. By far the...

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  • Dave_A's General Tip

    Eritrea has some very beautiful and rugged landscape. Diverse in that you can go from Asmara (at 2300 Meters ASL) to Massawa, a port city on the Red Sea). The people of Eritrea, and especially the people of Asmara, are warm and friendly to foreigners. They are proud of their country and will endeavor to make your stay a pleasant one. Crime is...

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  • Got to Asmara, a cool place,...

    Got to Asmara, a cool place, with fine people, and a lot to see. take time to wander in the streets, very clean and very safe! The Dahlak archipelago...200 little islands in the red sea.

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