Travelers will spend anywhere from 11h and 55m to 23h in the air depending on their airport of departure to go from the UK to Eritrea. There are several airports that offer connecting flights from the UK to Eritrea, although London Heathrow is the largest and provides the most options in terms of airlines and the number of stopovers. Other airports include London Manchester, Edinburgh Airport, and Birmingham Airport. The most common airport to land at in Eritrea is Asmara International, which is located within the capital city. However, there are other airports that may be added if you are flexible with your travel plans, including Massawa.
You have several choices in terms of cities to depart from to reach Eritrea from the UK. However, there are unfortunately no direct flights offered in any of them. However, there are several options that allow for only a single stop, which reduces flight time somewhat. Some of the most common stopover points along the various routes from the UK to Eritrea include Istanbul International in Turkey, Dubai International, Cairo International in Egypt, and Frankfurt International in Germany. Note that there are options for two stopovers for those who want to save a bit on ticket prices and who don’t mind longer flight times. A two-stop flight can take 16h or longer.
There are several ways to get around Eritrea once you land. One interesting option that is also popular with locals is to rent a bicycle. However, the roads are well maintained, so renting a personal car is also popular – there’s no need for four-wheel drive either, unless you intend to take the vehicle off-road. Within Asmara, you’ll find plenty of bus lines, taxis, mini-bus options, and more. However, buses stop running around 7 PM, so you must account for that in your travel plans. For those unsure of a bus’s destination, there are signs on the front that announce where they are going.
Travelers visiting Eritrea from the UK will have no shortage of things to do. Enjoying the stunning Red Sea coast is one popular pastime, but you may also want to visit Medebar Market, or the Cattedrale di Asmara (Asmara Cathedral). For those who appreciate military history, there is a tank graveyard that can be explored. If you’re more interested in architecture, make sure to explore the Cinema Roma, Al Khulafa Al Rashiud, Banco d’Italia and Fiat Tagliero.
Yes, you will need both a passport and a visa to get into Eritrea from the UK. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into the nation, and you must have at least two empty pages side by side. Visas can take a very long time to process, so it is recommended that you apply as early as possible and ensure that your exit visa does not expire before your stay ends. Immigration law breaches are prosecuted severely and you may even face detention.