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All About the Visa for Eritrea
The entry policies for Eritrea vary based on your nationality and the sort of trip you are planning. This includes how long you wish to stay in the country, the purpose of your trip and if you wish to re-enter multiple times.
Citizens of Uganda are the only nationality who can visit Eritrea without a visa.
Meanwhile, nationals of just 2 countries, Sudan and Ethiopia, are eligible for a Visa on Arrival. This document can be obtained from all major ports of entry and is valid for stays of up to 30 days.
Finally, most countries, including the United Kingdom, the USA and Australia, need a standard embassy visa to enter Eritrea. This can be valid for 90 days, 180 days or 1 year. However, you may not stay for more than 30 days in the country.
Read on to discover exactly which entry policies apply to you, and the process you need to follow if you wish to travel to this country!
- 1 What Is the Difference Between an Eritrea Visa on Arrival vs a Standard Tourist Visa?
- 2 Eritrea Visa Application Process
- 3 Eritrea Visa Requirements and Eligibility
- 4 Eritrea Visa Application Form and Documents
- 5 Eritrea Visa Status Check
- 6 How Much Does an Eritrea Visa Cost?
- 7 More Eritrea Visa Questions and Information
What Is the Difference Between an Eritrea Visa on Arrival vs a Standard Tourist Visa?
The VoA can be obtained upon arrival at any major port of entry and is valid for stays of up to 30 days. It’s a Single-Entry permit, so you won’t be able to enter the country multiple times during the month. From the moment the VoA is issued, it is valid for 60 days.
The standard Eritrean tourist permit must be obtained from an embassy or consulate before travelling to the country. It’s generally valid for 30 days. However, you may apply for a longer stay if required once you are in Eritrea.
Both the VoA and the standard travel document are only valid for tourism or for visiting relatives. If you intend to work or study in the country, you must apply for a specific permit to do so.
Eritrea Visa Application Process
The process to obtain a visa is fairly straightforward, but it is important you allow enough time for your document to be processed before your departure to Eritrea. You should aim to submit your application at least 3 weeks before your departure date.
In some countries, like the USA, you may be able to send your application in the post, but this option is not available in all countries. Please check with your nearest embassy or consulate whether they accept postal applications beforehand. Additionally, you should allow extra time if you are applying by post.
If you are applying in person, follow the steps below:
- Make an appointment at your nearest diplomatic mission.
- Collect all the required documents and fill out the application form.
- Attend the appointment and submit all the documents, including your passport.
- Collect your passport with your travel permit stamped inside it.
Now you are ready to go!
In addition, if you have confirmation of a pre-arranged visa, you may also be eligible for a VoA. The application must be submitted to the Eritrean immigration authority by your sponsor in Eritrea, at least 48 hours before your arrival.
List of Diplomatic Missions of Eritrea Worldwide:
Djibouti – Djibouti City
Egypt – Cairo
Ethiopia – Addis Ababa
Kenya – Nairobi
Libya – Tripoli
Nigeria – Abuja
South Africa – Pretoria
South Sudan – Juba
Sudan – Khartoum
Canada – Toronto
China – Beijing
India – New Delhi
Israel – Tel Aviv
Japan – Tokyo
Kuwait – Kuwait City
Pakistan – Islamabad
Qatar – Doha
Saudi Arabia – Riyadh
Syria – Damascus
United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai
Yemen – Sanaa
Belgium – Brussels
France – Paris
Germany – Berlin, Frankfurt
Italy – Rome, Milan
Netherlands – The Hague
Russia – Moscow
Sweden – Stockholm
Switzerland – Geneva
The United Kingdom – London
Australia – Melbourne
Eritrea Visa Requirements and Eligibility
Now let’s have a look at which policies apply to each nationality.
Look for your nationality in the lists below to find out whether you are visa-exempt, eligible for a VoA or if you must get a standard embassy visa.
Citizens of Uganda can visit visa-free, but must hold a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of their arrival into the country.
Also, Chinese citizens with either a diplomatic passport, service passport or passport for public affairs are visa-exempt and can stay for 60 days.
The following countries are eligible for a VoA:
Just like Ugandan citizens, you must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from your arrival date, as well as a minimum of 2 blank pages in your passport for entry and exit stamps.
Here is the complete list of countries that must obtain a travel document prior to traveling to Eritrea:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
North Korea (DPRK)
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Sao Tome and Principe
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
The United Kingdom
United States of America
Holy See (Vatican)
Eritrea Visa Application Form and Documents
In this section, we look at all the forms and documents you must prepare before applying for a travel document at the embassy or consulate of Eritrea. It’s essential you provide all the documents and information required for your application to be successful, so read this section carefully. You can even use it as a checklist to be sure you have not missed anything.
You must provide the following as part of your application:
- A fully completed and signed application form (you can download it here).
- Your original passport with at least 2 blank pages and 6 months validity remaining on it.
- 1 passport size photograph.
- The processing fee for your application (cheque, transfer order).
- Booking confirmations for your accommodation.
- A bank statement or other means of proving you possess sufficient funds to cover the cost of your trip.
- A travel itinerary.
- A return or onward flight ticket.
- Travel insurance details.
- Self-addressed and prepaid envelope (for postal applications).
- A valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the arrival date.
- 1 passport-size photograph.
- Confirmation of return flights.
- Accommodation bookings.
The application form is a simple 1-page document that you will need to complete with some basic personal details and general information about your trip. At the top of the page, you will also find a checklist of the documents you must include in your application. This is the main information you will be asked:
- Your full name
- Your date of birth
- Your current nationality
- Your nationality at birth
- Your place of birth
- Your gender
- Your current address
- Your phone number
- Your email address
- Your occupation
- Your marital status
- Your passport type (e.g. standard, service, diplomatic)
- Your passport issue date
- Your passport expiry date
- Your passport number
- Your passport place of issue
- Type of permit required
- Arrival date
- Length of stay
- Address of your accommodation
- Phone number of accommodation
- Details of any previous visits to Eritrea
- Emergency contact during your trip
Some nationalities must also show proof of having been vaccinated against yellow fever, so you may need to get vaccinated before your trip.
Here’s the list of countries that must obtain a yellow fever vaccination certificate:
Trinidad & Tobago
Eritrea Visa Status Check
Once you have submitted your application, you will need to wait around 10 business days for your document to be processed. If this time has passed, and you have not heard anything from the embassy, you may wish to check on the progress of your application. In this case, you will need to reach out to the embassy processing your application.
To minimise the risk of your application being delayed or rejected, please ensure you have completed the form correctly and didn’t miss any of the supporting documents. Remember, it’s always a good idea to allow extra time, so you can receive your travel document before your departure, even if there are delays.
How Much Does an Eritrea Visa Cost?
The cost of your travel permit will depend on the type of travel document you are applying for. Please find the fees for the main tourism visas below:
- 30-day visa: 50 USD
In addition to the fee above, you may also need to pay processing fees if you decide to apply through an agency or third party.
More Eritrea Visa Questions and Information
Now that you are all clued-up on the ins and outs of Eritrea’s visa policies, you are ready to explore this magnificent African country. You can use the ‘questions and answers’ section below as an additional source of information.
Meanwhile, the VoA is a Single Entry permit that grants you 30 days in the country from the moment you arrive.