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OK, I can tell you right now that money is going to be your biggest headache. The government of Eritrea abruptly changed the currency at the end of last year (2015) in an effort to crush the black market. At least temporarily, it worked. As of early May 2016, the official exchange rate is 15 nakfa to 1 U.S. dollar and the black market rate is 20 nakfa to 1 U.S. dollar. Before last year, the black market rate was around 60 nakfa for 1 U.S. dollar. For euros, the official exchange rate is 16…

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What to do?
Since April 19 have written and received no response from
(a) 4 Eritrean embassies (in Kenya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia)
(b) travel agencies Explore Eritrea Travel & Tours (auto-acknowledgement reply, no actual response to follow ups)
and Oasis Travel (email address on their website page gives a response that its mailbox is full)
Now at this exact moment sitting inside embassy of Sudan awaiting visa, already here 45-50 minutes (submitted application and waiting 10 days already and they…

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Hey people..I was there on December. As u may know most of the regions are not accessible..Travelling around is expensive after the changes on local currency. In the regions where access is allowed u need to declare the days of your visit in advance. Its important to have a good contact point down there. I would definitely suggest contacting Mehretab who is based in asmara ( mehretabb@gmail.com/29117131058). He is a really nice person with a lot of knowledge on everything u need to know…

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Hello,

I'm french and I live in Hong Kong, I would like to visit Eritrea for two weeks in July but there is no Eritrean consulate in Hong Kong and I have to go to Beijing, it's not convenient and expensive.
Do you know another way to get a visa from Hong Kong?

Thank you

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I'm an American and really want to visit Eritrea but know the visa process can be very very difficult particularly for Americans (although I did read that one post below where I guy got it in a week! so I'm hoping they're letting up a bit). As such I am thinking about hiring a travel company to help with the visa process and to get me a driver guide etc. I just would like to know if these guys are reliable and trustworthy?? I'd rather use Oasis over Undiscovered Destinations only because doing…

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I'm based in Italy and so it is expensive to get my hands on dollars. However, every post I have seen lists prices in dollars. Are euros as widely accepted or does Eritrea run on dollars? Thanks.

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Came back from a trip to Eritrea in late March, early April 2016.

Here are some perhaps useful information:
1. Exchange rate: official 1 USD = 15 Nakfa, Blackmarket 1 USD = 20 Nakfa
2. Driving yourself (thanks jensgustav): get your western drivers licence converted into a local at the ministry of transportation & communication (Taxi costs Nakfa 150 from City Center to the outskirts). Bring 2 passport sized photos, copies of your passport, copy of your drivers licence (copy service available at…

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Hi everybody,

I am planning to go to Asmara for a couple of days in late May. Therefore, I would be interested, if anybody has been in Eritrea recently and knows, if after the change to the new Nakfa in late 2015 black market exchange has been re-instated? What would be the black market exchange rate now? The official one according to Oasis Travel is 1:15 to the USD.
And something else: Currently Turkish Airlines sells rather cheap tickets from several German airports to Asmara (around 400 Euro…

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Hi guys! I tried to make a visa to go to Eritrea a couple of times. I applied in Paris (cause i am spanish and we don´t have Eritrean embassy in Spain so they told me that I had to do it in France) I went personally to Paris and gave all the paperwork they were asking me and they told me that they will contact me but nothing happen. After few months of waiting and working i tried again, but this time i did through a visa arrangement company to do all the paperwork and after few months waiting no…

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My wife is planning to visit Eritrea on her way from Sudan to the UK , is there any exit Visa ? and what are the requirement if any.
She has a Sudanese Passport.

Many Thanks