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(Adopted in July 1996)

Article 2 Supremacy of the Constitution

(5) Pursuant to the provisions of this Constitution and other laws, the conduct of the affairs of government and all orgnisations and institutions shall be accountable and transparent.

Article 8 Competent Justice System

(1) The justice system of Eritrea shall be independent, competent and accountable pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution and laws.

(2) Courts shall work under a judicial system that is capable of producing fast and equitable judgments and that can easily be understood by and is accessible to all the people.

(3) Judges shall be free from corruption or discrimination and, in rendering their judgment, they shall make no distinctions among persons.

(4) The State shall encourage out-of-court settlement of disputes through conciliation, mediation or arbitration.

Article 9 Competent Public Administration

(1) Eritrea shall have an efficient, effective and accountable public service.

(2) All administrative institutions shall be free from corruption, discrimination and delay in the delivery of services.

Article 36 Rules of Procedure in the National Assembly

(1) The National Assembly shall issue rules and regulations concerning its organisation, tasks, operations and internal processes and those of the standing and ad hoc committees, including the rules governing the code of ethics of its members and transparency of its operations.

Police Background Check Procedures

Who can apply?

•  Individuals only.


•  Local applicants must go in person to the police station governing the administrative district in which they are registered.
•  For applications within Eritrea, Police certificates are only available to individuals of non-national Service ages: for women aged 47 years or more (unless they have an exemption through marriage, formal engagement to be married or have children) and men
aged 54 years or more.
•  External applications are accepted via the Eritrean Embassy in London and no age restriction

What must the applicant supply?

•  Completed application form
•  Fingerprints
•  Two passport photographs
•  Copy of Photographic ID

What are the costs/turnaround?

Eritrean nationals are required to pay a tax of 2% of earnings overseas in return for provision of the Police certificate.
•  Service charge to the police of Nfas 50 for completing the application
•  Charge of Nfas 59 where fingerprints are taken in the UK and checked by the Consular office.

Contact Details

Eritrean Embassy in London
96 White Lion Street
N1 9PF
Tel: 020 7713 0096 Fax: 020 7713 0161

Travel Risk


The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provides credible and timely information in its Travel Advice. In the event of a crisis situation that requires evacuation, the Government of Canada’s policy is to provide safe transportation to the closest safe location. The Government of Canada will assist you in leaving a country or a region as a last resort, when all means of commercial or personal transportation have been exhausted. This service is provided on a cost-recovery basis. Onward travel is at your personal expense. Situations vary from one location to another, and there may be constraints on government resources that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide assistance, particularly in countries or regions where the potential for violent conflict or political instability is high.

If you are residing in Eritrea, maintain close contact with the Consulate of Canada in Asmara. Remain vigilant at all times and monitor local news.

Border between Eritrea and Ethiopia (see Advisory)

You should avoid all travel to the border area between Eritrea and Ethiopia, which extends 25 kilometres north into Eritrea. Political tension remains high between these two countries due to a long-standing territorial conflict. The border is not clearly defined, and border checkpoints remain closed. Military operations may resume in adjoining areas, which constitute a special security zone under a cessation of hostilities agreement. Violent incidents could still occur. Also note the existence of unmarked landmines in these areas. We strongly advise against driving off main and paved roads.

Border between Eritrea and Sudan (see Advisory)

You should avoid all travel to the border area between Eritrea and Sudan, due to continuing instability in eastern Sudan and the risks posed by active Islamic extremist groups. Crime and bomb attacks are often reported. The Sudanese border remains closed, and we strongly advise against attempting to cross it.

Border between Eritrea and Djibouti (see Advisory)

You should avoid all travel to the border areas of Eritrea and Djibouti, where political tension and territorial conflicts continue to cause instability. Border raids could still be carried out, resulting in armed confrontations and other violent incidents. Crime is also reported in this area.


Regional terror groups, including those associated with al Qaeda and al-Shabaab, continue to threaten Western interests and other potential targets in Eritrea. The September 21, 2013 attack on an upscale Nairobi mall illustrates the threat of attacks on civilians in East Africa. Further attacks cannot be ruled out. Be vigilant in crowded places and monitor local media.


Street crime, including petty theft and robbery, is infrequent in Asmara and in other towns and villages. However, there has been an increase in pickpocketing and harassment against foreigners. You should take the usual security precautions and avoid showing signs of affluence.

Banditry occurs along the coast north of Massawa.


Demonstrations and rallies occur in Eritrea and have the potential to suddenly turn violent. They can lead to significant disruptions to traffic and public transportation. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.


Landmines continue to cause occasional injury and death. Many areas are mined. Caution must be exercised when travelling in remote areas or off main roads. Avoid walking and hiking in the countryside.

Contact the Consulate of Canada in Asmara or local authorities to obtain the latest safety and travel information.


Pirate attacks occur in coastal waters and, in some cases, farther out at sea. Mariners should take appropriate precautions. For additional information, consult the Live Piracy Report published by the International Maritime Bureau.


Landline telephone and cell phone networks are unreliable and often limited to a few hours of service a day in major cities.

Road travel

Avoid travelling in rural areas after nightfall. Paved roads connect the major cities of Asmara, Massawa, Mendefera, Dekemhare, Barentou and Keren, but roads to small villages are unpaved. Road signs and safety guard rails are often non‘existent. There are risks involved in driving, owing to the presence on the road of animals and numerous pedestrians and cyclists.

Public Transportation

Public conveyances, especially buses, are often overcrowded. Many taxis are available, but they often take several passengers and follow predetermined itineraries. If you pay a higher fare, you may ask a driver in advance not to take other passengers.

General safety information

Consult our Transportation FAQ in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

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Eritrea GDP Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
GDP 3.44 3.09 3.44 0.34 USD Billion
GDP Annual Growth Rate 1.10 7.00 21.25 -13.12 percent
GDP per capita 196.63 200.45 275.76 176.68 USD
GDP per capita PPP 1157.32 1179.78 1623.04 1039.86 USD
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