How to apply and obtain a Visa to Eritrea?: Procedures, Documents required, Types of Visa, Validity, Cost


Procedure to apply and obtain a Visa to Eritrea

  • The first step is locating the closest Eritrean embassy or consulate in your nation of residence. The Eritrean Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains an updated list of its embassies and consulates around the globe.
  • Once you’ve located the nearest embassy or consulate, contact them to inquire about the specific visa requirements and procedures for your nationality and purpose of travel. You may need to book an appointment for a visa interview.

Documents Required

  • A valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining after your planned return date.
  • A completed Eritrea visa application form, which you can usually download from the embassy or consulate website.
  • Two passport-size photographs that meet the Eritrean visa photo requirements (typically, size 35mm x 45mm, white background, no eyeglasses or headwear)
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay in Eritrea, such as bank statements or traveler’s cheques.
  • Proof of accommodation in Eritrea, such as a hotel reservation or invitation from a host.
  • Flight itinerary or other proof of transportation arrangements.
  • A letter of invitation from a company or organization in Eritrea
  • Proof of medical insurance.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate

Types of Visa

1. Family visas

  • These visas are for people who want to immigrate to be with their family members who are already citizens or permanent residents of the country.

2. Employment visas

  • These visas are for people who have been offered a job in another country.

3. Investment visas

  • These visas are for people who want to invest a certain amount of money in another country.

4. Tourist visas

  • These visas are for people who want to visit a country for pleasure or vacation.

5. Business visas

  • These visas are for people who want to travel to a country for business purposes, such as attending meetings or conferences.

6. Student visas

  • These visas are for people who want to study in another country.

7. Work visas

  • These visas are for people who want to work in another country for a temporary period.

What is the validity of a visa?

  • Every visa has a three-month validity period from the date of issuance, therefore you must arrive in Eritrea within that time frame. Your visa is normally only valid for one month after you arrive in Eritrea, but you can visit Immigration in Asmara to renew or extend it.

What is the cost of a visa?

  • The cost of an Eritrean visa can vary depending on several factors.
  • Tourist visa: Around $50 to $100 USD

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