The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) new travel warning to Eritrea
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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) new travel warning to Eritrea

Tigrai Online, Sept. 5, 2017

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The United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued new travel warning for Eritrea advising its citizens against traveling to the borders of Ethiopia, Djibouti, and the Sudan. The traveling warning shows a map of Eritrea more than half of the country red which means no go to travelers.

The travel warning indicated there is high tension in the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia and Eritrea and Djibouti. The travel advise against the border with Sudan is for a different reason, but it is related to military situation.  The following paragraphs are part of the travel warning from the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website.

We think there is more than what we read in the travel warning, but we will let time tell about that.

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The FCO advise against all travel within 25km of Eritrea’s border with Ethiopia. In most places the border is neither marked nor obvious. There have been serious border clashes between Eritrea and Ethiopia in the past. Tensions remain high and there is a risk of further violence.

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The border remains closed and is reported to be mined. In September 2011 a landmine exploded on the road between Senafe and Afoma killing five people.

The FCO advise against all travel within 25 km of Eritrea’s border with Djibouti. In 2008 there was fighting between Djibouti and Eritrea after an incursion of Eritrean forces into the disputed Djibouti border region. The situation remains unresolved.

The FCO advise against all travel to Eritrea’s border with Sudan, including the town of Tesseney and areas north and west of Nakh’fa, Ak’ordat and Barentu. In 2009, an attack on an international mining company vehicle on a road 35km north of Keren caused the deaths of one employee and two contractors.

Souce: The United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/eritrea/safety-and-security

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