May 19, 2000
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Eritrea, particularly in light of renewed hostilities between Eritrea and Ethiopia. The Department of State has ordered the departure of Embassy personnel in non-emergency positions and the dependents of Embassy personnel. U.S. citizens currently in Eritrea are strongly urged to depart the country.
The conflict, which has been characterized by heavy fighting in the border area, has recently expanded in Eritrean territory. In the past, this fighting has included air strikes that have extended beyond the border region. Travel near or across the Eritrea/Ethiopia border should be strictly avoided.
Commercial transportation to and from Eritrea is limited and subject to interruption or curtailment without warning. U.S. citizens are urged to depart the country while commercial transportation is available. While the U.S. Government will do everything possible to assist U.S. citizens in the event of an emergency, its ability to do so may become limited should the situation deteriorate further.
As always, American citizens in Eritrea are encouraged to contact the American Citizens Services Section of the Embassy (Tel: 291-1-120-004) to register and to obtain up-to-date information.
This replaces the previous Travel Warning of May 13, 2000 to note the ordered departure status of the Embassy and the limited availability of commercial transportation to and from Eritrea. For further information on travel to Eritrea, please consult the Department's latest Consular Information Sheet for Eritrea.