US Embassy Asmara, Eritrea, August 22, 2008
The U.S. Embassy in Asmara has received reports of increased incidents of petty crimes, including pick-pocketing on buses and in areas of high pedestrian traffic. Reports of harassment of expatriates in downtown Asmara by emotionally disturbed persons, to include aggressive panhandling, cursing, spitting, and unwanted following have also increased.
American citizens in Asmara are encouraged to keep their home and vehicle doors locked, and carry identification at all times. American victims of crime should immediately contact the Embassy at 12-00-04 (available also for emergencies originating after-hours.) Americans currently living or traveling in Eritrea are strongly encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Asmara in person or through the State Department's travel registration web site, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Eritrea. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency and provide updates on the security situations. The U.S. Embassy is located at 179 Alaa Street, P.O. Box 211, Asmara; telephone (291-1) 12-00-04; fax (291-1) 124-255 and (291-1) 127-584; web site http://asmara.usembassy.gov/.
For additional information, consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Eritrea and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from overseas.