ERITREA TRAVEL GUIDE
Eritrea has won its existence after a long drawn out struggle with its neighbour, Ethiopia. Skirmishes and gun battles are still a part of day-to-day living but the recent peace pact with Ethiopia means things are getting better. Your sightseeing sojourn of the archaeological sites of Italian and Turko-Egyptian architecture in Asmara and Massawa isn’t complete without evenings by the Red Sea sipping the famous Eritrean gin. Beneath the fabric of people fighting for their existence is their warmth and hospitality that makes them one of the best hosts in the world. So take off the bulletproof vests and venture into this young country that is delighted to welcome visitors to its hard-won soil.
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ERITREA QUICK FACTS
Currency: Nakfa (ERN)
Area: total: 117,600 km2
Population: 3,214 million (2011)
Religion: Christianity (Eritrean orthodox Christian, Roman Catholic, Protestant), Islam
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ERITREA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 19 January, Timket (Feast of Epiphany)
- 8 March, Women’s Day
- 1 May, May Day
- 24 May, Independence Day
- 20 June, Martyrs’ Day
- 1 September, Revolution Day
Business openings and work schedules may be significantly affected by Coptic Orthodox Christian and Islamic holidays and festivals.
ERITREA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Hot, Dry Desert Strip Along Red Sea Coast; Cooler And Wetter In The Central Highlands (Up To 61 Cm Of Rainfall Annually, Heaviest June To September); Semiarid In Western Hills And Lowlands
HEALTH RISKS IN ERITREA
Be aware of possible health risks in
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.