Travel Vaccinations for Eritrea

The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Eritrea

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.

There is No Risk of Yellow Fever in Eritrea

Keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) before travelling.

Advice for Travellers to all Destinations

The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.

All Travellers

All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Most Travellers

Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.

Some Travellers

Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.

Risk of Malaria in Eritrea

Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.

Malaria risk for Eritrea are quite high.

Malaria Prevention

Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.

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Further Travel Health Advice for Eritrea

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.

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.

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.

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.