Eritrea Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia and Africa where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving In Eritrea
Check your Governments ‘countries’ page before driving abroad in Eritrea .Since 2006, all foreign nationals must obtain a travel permit from the Government of Eritrea for all travel outside Asmara.. The Department of Protocol of Eritrea, in Asmara, processes applications for travel permits. You’ll need an International Driving permit to rent a car.. Paved roads connect the major cities of Asmara, Massawa, Mendefera, Dekemhare, Barentou and Keren, but roads to small villages are unpaved and are generally in poor condition. Even some main roads in Asmara are in bad condition with numerous pot holes. Minor roads will deteriorate quickly after bad weather. Road signs and safety guard rails are often non‑existent. There are risks involved in driving, owing to the presence of animals, and numerous pedestrians and cyclists on the road and you should avoid driving at night when these hazards will be harder to spot. Road rules are generally ignored and speed limits not enforced. In 2009 the World Health Organisation named Eritrea as statisically the most dangerous country in the world to drive in due to the ratio of road deaths to total population.Also, fuel is often quoted as being the most expensive in the world here!

Eritrea Car Rental
None of the big companies have an office in Eritrea but there are some local possibilities, though none seem to have websites –
Fontana Rent A Car
Tel +2911 120052
Fax +2911 127905
66 Ras Beyene Beraki Street, Asmara
P.O. Box 6050 – Asmara Eritrea

Africa Rent Car
Tel +2911 121755, 202597 (office)
Tel +2911 161825 (residential)
Fax +2911 202597
Mobile (07) 138483 or 113417
P.O. Box 6660 – Asmara Eritrea
176 Nora Street 29 – Asmara
(Near the Red Sea Trade Building)

Leo Car Rent- 125859 202306

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