Eritrea

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To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.

Map of Eritrea

Events in Eritrea

Event Occurs Description
National Festival Eritrea July/August Participants from all regions of the country present various cultural shows that reflect Eritrea’s diverse ethnic groups.
Festival of Mariam Dearit May An annual festival where locals travel to places like Debre Sina, Debre Bizen, Mariam Dearit, and others to pilgrimage.

Plugs and Electric in Eritrea

Electricity

Voltage

230 V

Frequency

50 Hz

Plug

Plug type C.

Flights in Eritrea

Domestic flights connect Asmara with remote Assab twice weekly, with the airline Nasair which also flies between Asmara and Massawa twice weekly.

Nasair flights in Eritrea

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Domestic flights connect Asmara with remote Assab twice weekly, with the airline Nasair which also flies between Asmara and Massawa twice weekly.

Flights from the UK to Eritrea

Lufthansa fly regularly into Asmara from Frankfurt.

Lufthansa German Airlines flights from United Kingdom to Eritrea

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Lufthansa fly regularly into Asmara from Frankfurt.

Eritrea Culture and Traditions

It is rude to take pictures of people or their property without asking for permission. When taking pictures of public buildings beware of government buildings, especially police and military buildings.

Use of the left hand to greet, eat or hand something to someone is considered very dirty. When handing something over, using both hands is accepted and even seen as respectful, but not using the left hand alone.

Women are not required to cover up, however, you will be respected for not showing too much skin.

Weather in Eritrea

The climate is temperate in the mountains and hot in the lowlands. The maximum temperature is 26 °C (78.8 °F). The weather is usually sunny and dry, with the short rains occurring from February-April and the big rains beginning in late June and ending in mid-September.

Generally it is hot and dry along the Red Sea coast; cooler and wetter in the central highlands and semiarid in the western hills and lowlands.

Seasonality

The best time to go to Eritrea is from October to March. However, there are festivals throughout the year which are good to visit. In terms of climate, the worst time to visit Eritrea is June to August.

Best Time to Visit Eritrea

To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.

Money Advice for Eritrea

Local Currency

Nakfa (ERN)

General Advice

The currency in Eritrea is the Nakfa. Notes come in denominations of ERN100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 and coins come in denominations of ERN100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1.

Money Exchange

US Dollars are the most convenient form of exchange. Currency can be exchanged at the Commercial Bank of Eritrea in Asmara as well as bureaux de change and major hotels.

ATM Availability

For information about ATM availability around the world see the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.

Credit Cards

Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and travel agencies as well as by airlines.

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