Health & insurance
Before You Go
Due to the generally poor levels of healthcare in the country and the limited treatment options available, it is wise to consider health or travel insurance that includes provisions for emergency medical repatriation.
Depending on your travel plans in Eritrea, it may be worth considering vaccines for rabies, hepatitis B and meningitis, as well as medication for malaria if travelling to areas below 2200m.
Travellers entering Eritrea from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission will also be required to show valid proof of vaccination within the last 10 years.
Availability & Cost of Healthcare
Though healthcare services have improved greatly in Eritrea since the end of the conflict with Ethiopia, the options available are still very basic on a global scale and especially so outside of Asmara.
Though Unicef efforts in partnership with the national government in recent years have helped provide access to clean drinking water for a little over half of the country's population, it is recommended that travellers not drink tap water in the country and check that bottled water has not been tampered with.