web Musings of The Global Traveller

Monday, August 17, 2009

How to get to | Eritrea

This is part of a series of blog entries on how to get to countries and places. Here is a link to the index. I plan to eventually cover every country and some other places. If you have a request for a particular country or place please use the email me link at top right, or leave a comment.


Source: Wikimedia Commons

It is difficult to visit Eritrea with all 3 land borders subject to either permanent or temporary closures. Very few airlines fly to Asmara in Eritrea, and they include:
  • Star Alliance - EgyptAir, Lufthansa
  • Oneworld - none
  • Sky Team - none
  • Other selected - Saudi Arabian, Sudan, Yemenia

TIP Getting a visa for Eritrea takes time. I have had to reroute an itinerary (dropping Eritrea) when a visa failed to be issued in time, and Chris Guillebeau had the same experience several months later.

TIP With few travellers and scarce flights, fares are high. Book early if using frequent flyer miles or a discounted alliance product (Star Alliance Africa airpass or around the world).

TIP As with any destination with infrequent flights (only a few times a week from a handful of places), allow a few extra days in your trip for airline schedule changes.

No comments: