Asmara - Post Report Question and Answers

What is your home city/country? How long is the trip to post from there, with what connections? How easy/difficult is it to travel to this city/country?

USA, now. From DC, it takes nearly a day to get here, with a stop in Addis Ababa. The only real difficulty with getting here is the visa process. - Apr 2021

It's now Washington, DC, USA. The trip took about 14 hours, with a connection in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It's difficult to travel to Asmara, though less so than in the past, due to difficult visa policies. - Dec 2019

Washington, DC. About 17 hours via Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines. Similar time on Turkish Airlines via Istanbul, but the US government currently doesn't allow the direct Dulles-Istanbul flight because they haven't negotiated a discount deal for that route. To go via Istanbul for the government requires an additional Frankfurt stop. Some people still like the Emirates connection via Dubai, if they consider the 19 hour Dubai layover a feature instead of a bug. It has the advantage of arriving rested in Asmara. - Feb 2019

From Washington, DC, it’s about 22 hours door to door. - Sep 2018

United States. The flights are generally very long and they leave late at night. When I arrived, there were few flight options. I hear Qatar has stopped operating now. However, you still have Egypt Air, Turkish Air, Fly Dubai. I believe there are some other regional carriers such as Sudan Airways.

Flying in and out of Eritrea are long routes, at early morning hours, and fairly expensive depending on where you are coming or going. For instance a flight from Eritrea to Cairo (which is a direct) is $745. A flight from Boston to Eritrea during the same time frame is $1100. - Dec 2016

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