The United States Embassy in Asmara issued a travel warning for Americans both living in and traveling to Eritrea and its capitol of Asmara.  On June 1, 2006 the government of Eritrea imposed restrictions on all foreigners leaving the city limits of Asmara, due to security concerns.  This includes all travelers who are not Eritrean citizens. 

Because of significant safety risks and the wishes of the Eritrean government, the United States Embassy, and other foreign embassies located in the capitol, can not guarantee the safety of their citizens if they choose to leave Asmara and enter into other parts of the country for any reason.  The United States Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to Asmara altogether except in the case of an unavoidable emergency.

Any American who does travel to Asmara, is urged to register with the U.S. embassy as soon as they arrive in the country. 

If you are planning to travel to Asmara from the United States, check the United States Embassy's Asmara web page for updates on the situation by clicking here.

If you are not an American citizen, it may also be a good idea to check the recommendations of your country's embassy before traveling to Asmara.

On June 11, 2008, The U.S. Embassy in Asmara updated its travel warning, reiterating the recommendation to defer all non-essential travel to Eritre. You can read the Embassy report here