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Reviewed: 15 November 2013, 15:00 NZDT
Still current at: 06 December 2013
There is extreme risk to your security within 25 kilometres of the border with Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, due to ongoing instability in Eritrea’s relations with these countries, the presence of landmines and the risk of violence including armed banditry. We advise against all travel to these areas.
There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Eritrea due to the unstable security situation and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel. The security situation has the potential to deteriorate with little warning if tensions between Eritrea and neighbouring countries escalate.
Eritrea shares with the rest of Africa a threat from terrorism. New Zealanders are advised to monitor the media for information about potential threats to safety and security in Eritrea, and follow any advice and instructions issued by the local authorities.
Armed banditry is common near the Djibouti border and along the coast north of Massawa. New Zealanders in Eritrea are advised to be security conscious at all times.
There are extensive minefields in Eritrea – particularly near the border with Ethiopia. We advise you not to stray off well-used public roads and paths.
General travel advice
All foreign nationals are required to apply in advance for travel permits to leave the capital Asmara. New Zealanders in Eritrea should be aware of and adhere to all laws, regulations and any restrictions in place on travel to certain areas of Eritrea as they are strictly enforced by the Eritrean authorities.
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Eritrea, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens who require consular assistance is severely limited.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Eritrea should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Eritrea are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade