Travelling to Eritrea? Need Vaccinations?
Eritrea became an independent country in 1991 after a long battle with Ethiopia who were granted Eritrea by its then colonial power, Italy. Eritrea is in East Africa and has as one of its boarders, the red sea. It has very interesting architecture and its certainly worth having a look at. Try to seethe Asmara Cathedral, Asmara Theatre and Asmara Opera House if you can.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Eritrea?
Before travelling to Eritrea you need to make sure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations, including:
For further information on vaccines for life in the UK see the British National Vaccination Schedule. Depending upon your itinerary whilst in Eritrea, your current health condition, lifestyle and occupational risks, the other vaccinations that you may require for Eritrea are:
Make sure that you book an appointment with us well in advance of your trip to Eritrea so that you can have a safe trip.
Further Travel Health Advice for Eritrea
Malaria risk for Eritrea are quite high. Please discuss your itinerary and destination in Eritrea with your travel nurse who will be able to advise you what your best protection would be. For any traveller, taking steps to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes is always advisable, to give yourself the greatest protection against infection.
Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bites from specific mosquitos most active during daylight. There is no medical protection against dengue fever. What you can do however is avoid mosquito bites and use mosquito repellent if travelling to affected areas of Eritrea. Your travel nurse should be able to advise you.
Due to the fact a part of Eritrea is situated higher than 2500m, altitude sickness may present a problem. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Don’t forget, its not just your climbing altitude but your sleeping altitude as well that must be considered. Our travel nurse will be able to discuss these with you.
Heat and Humidity
The weather in Eritrea can vary depending on whether you are along the coastal strip, in the highlands or in the lowlands. Please check the weather for the time and areas you are travelling to so that you can adequately prepare,
The tap water in Eritrea is not considered safe for foreigners to drink. Drink bottled water instead which can be found quite easily.
Food and Drink
The food here is a mix of Ethiopian spicy-ness and middle eastern tastes. You can also find lots of Italian food if that’s more up your street. Other than the bottles water you can also try the local beer which is not bad by any standards.
Animals and Insects
Lots of different infections can be spread through animal bites, including Rabies, Malaria and Dengue Fever. Please make sure you have had your shots before travelling and read more about the diseases themselves on our website.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Eritrea.
Be careful on the roads here as accidents with bicycles are commonplace. Also, be aware that hospitals here are not that well equipped so come prepared.