የዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ውጪ ጉዳይ ሚኒስቴር ወደ ኤርትራ የሚደረግ ጉዞ ለአሜሪካ ዜጎች አደገኛ መሆኑን አስጠነቀቀ።
የዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ዜጎች ከኤርትራ መንግሥት የመውጫ ቪዛ ላያገኙ ስለሚችሉ ወደ ዚያች አገር ከመሄድ መታቀብ እንዳለባቸው ሚንስቴሩ በመግለጫው አስጠንቅቋል።
የኤርትራ መንግሥት የውጪ አገር ዜጎች በአገር ውስጥ በሚያደርጓቸው ጉዞዎች ላይ ገደብ መጣል መቀጠሉን መግለጫው አመልክቶ፤ እገዳውም ማንኛውም ነዋሪና አገር ጎብኚ፣ የዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ዲፕሎማቶችንም ጨምሮ፤ ከአሥመራ ከ25 ኪሎ ሜትሮች ርቀት ለመውጣት ከፈለጉ ከአሥር ቀናት በፊት እንዲያመለክቱ የሚጠየቁ መሆናቸውን ገልጿል።
በአብዛኛው ፈቃድ የሚያስፈልገውም የቱሪስት መስህብ ለሆኑት ምፅዋና ከረን መሆኑም ታውቋል። ይሁንና ወደ ድንበር ቀረብ ያሉ ሌሎች አካባቢዎች እና ከዚህ ቀደም ዲፕሎማቶች የማያዘወትሯቸው ስፍራዎች የሚጠየቅ ፈቃድ ግን ፈጽሞ የተከለከለ ነው። በዚህም ሳቢያ የዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ኤምባሲ ከአሥመራ ውጪ የቆንስላ አገልግሎት ለመስጠት ምንም ዓይነት ዋስትና እንደ ሌለው ተመልክቷል።
*የመግለጫውን ሙሉ ቃል በእንግሊዝኛ ከዚህ በታች ያገኛሉ።
Eritrea Travel Warnings
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Eritrea and strongly recommends U.S. citizens not travel to the country since there is increasing possibility U.S. citizens will not receive the requisite exit permit from Eritrean authorities.
The Eritrean government continues to restrict the travel of all foreign nationals. These restrictions require all visitors and residents, including U.S. diplomats (who must apply 10 days in advance) for permission to travel 25 kilometers outside Asmara’s city limits. Permission is usually granted to areas such as Massawa and Keren, which are known tourist destinations; however, requests to areas near the borders and regions not frequently traveled by diplomats are typically turned down. As a result, theU.S. Embassy cannot guarantee its ability to provide consular assistance outside of Asmara.
Travelers should also be aware that travel permits are only valid for the approved final destination and do not allow for additional stops along the way to, or in the proximity of, the approved destination. Travel to religious institutions, for example monasteries, requires separate travel permission even when such facilities are located in or near approved destination cities. Foreign travelers not adhering strictly to the terms of travel permits have reported being detained by law enforcement authorities, and their drivers have been jailed.
The Consular Section is aware that there have been incidents of Eritrean officials refusing to issue exit permits to U.S. passport holders even if they were born in the United States and entered Eritrea on visas issued by the Eritrea government.
Eritrean-U.S. dual citizens may be at risk of arrest in Eritrea. Once arrested, detainees may be held for extended periods without being charged with a crime. Conditions are harsh – those incarcerated may be held in very small quarters without access to restrooms, bedding, food, or clean water. The Eritrean government does not inform the U.S. Embassy when U.S. citizens, particularly dual nationals, have been arrested or detained. Should the U.S. Embassy learn of the arrest of a U.S. citizen, the Eritrean government rarely allows consular access, regardless of the reason the U.S. citizen is being held. U.S. citizens are cautioned to always carry appropriate documentation with them. At times, armed persons may round up individuals who are not carrying documentation of their identity and military status.
Beginning in 2012, the Government of Eritrea began arming its citizens with automatic rifles to form citizen militias. U.S. citizens are cautioned that these armed civilian militias patrol at night and are ordered to check individuals for documentation. The U.S. Embassy warns U.S. citizens to use extreme caution when encountering armed citizens.