US Issues Travel Warning For Burundi, Eritrea

(RTTNews) - The United States has issued Travel Warnings advising its citizens of the risks of traveling to African countries of Burundi and Eritrea. In a Travel Warning update on Wednesday, US State Department said it

(RTTNews) – The United States has issued Travel Warnings advising its citizens of the risks of traveling to African countries of Burundi and Eritrea.

In a Travel Warning update on Wednesday, US State Department said it reiterates existing security concerns in Burundi, and that security restrictions on travel for US Embassy personnel in that country remain in place.

Because Burundi participates in peacekeeping operations in Somalia, the terrorist organization al-Shabaab, based in Somalia, has threatened to conduct terror attacks in Burundi. It may also target U.S. interests in Burundi, the State Department said.

Crime, often committed by groups of armed bandits or street children, poses the highest risk for foreign visitors to Burundi, especially in the capital, Bujumbura. The U.S. Embassy has received reports of armed criminals ambushing vehicles, particularly on the roads leading out of Bujumbura. The U.S. Embassy prohibits U.S. government personnel from walking on the streets after dark and from using local public transportation at any time. Due to a lack of resources, local authorities in any part of Burundi are often unable to provide timely assistance during an emergency.

The U.S. Embassy continues to caution U.S. citizens that travel outside Bujumbura presents significant risks, especially after nightfall. The U.S. Embassy restricts travel of its personnel in Burundi. Within 30 km of the city, Embassy employees may travel in single vehicles, but must check in and out with the Embassy. The Embassy’s Regional Security Officer (RSO) must pre-approve all Embassy personnel travel outside this approximately 30-km radius of Bujumbura, and employees must travel via an approved itinerary in two-vehicle convoys equipped with satellite phones and emergency equipment. All employee movement outside the city after dark is forbidden; the Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens not travel on national highways from dusk to dawn. U.S. citizens are also encouraged to avoid traveling within the city of Bujumbura after midnight.

U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in Burundi despite this Travel Warning are urged to contact the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura for information on the latest Embassy security guidance, and to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so they can receive the most up-to-date security information.

In a separate Travel Warning update, the U.S. State Department strongly recommended U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Eritrea.

The Eritrean government continues to restrict the travel of all foreign nationals. These restrictions require all visitors and residents, including U.S. diplomats, to apply 10 days in advance for permission to travel outside Asmara’s city limits. Permission is rarely granted. As a result, the U.S. Embassy is extremely limited in its ability to provide emergency consular assistance outside of the capital city of Asmara.

Although there have been no specific incidents of violence targeting U.S. citizens, they are urged to exercise caution, stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

U.S. citizens are strongly advised to avoid travel near the Eritrean-Ethiopian border and the Southern Red Sea region. U.S. citizens should be aware of the presence of large numbers of Eritrean and Ethiopian troops along the Eritrean-Ethiopian border and of political and military tensions between the two countries.

U.S. citizens on ships and sailing vessels are strongly advised not to sail off the Eritrean coast nor to attempt to dock in Eritrean ports or travel through Eritrean waters. They are also urged to avoid remote Eritrean islands, some of which may be used for Eritrean military training and could therefore be unsafe.

U.S. citizens choosing to travel to Eritrea despite this Travel Warning have been urged to obtain an Eritrean visa before their arrival. Persons arriving in Eritrea without a visa are generally refused admission and returned on the next flight back to their point of origin. The Embassy urges Eritrean-U.S. dual citizens to obtain an Eritrean visa in their U.S. passport before traveling to Eritrea and to enter the country as U.S. citizens. Eritrean-U.S. dual citizens who enter Eritrea with an Eritrean ID card may find it difficult to obtain the required visa to legally exit the country. The Embassy cautions travelers not to stay beyond the period of time granted at the time of admission by Eritrean Immigration.

The U.S. Embassy in Asmara strongly encouraged U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in Eritrea despite this Travel Warning to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so that they can receive the most up-to-date security information.

by RTT Staff Writer

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54 COMMENTS
  • ABRAR TAHIR April 20, 2012

    This is the result of all how the dictator is running the nation and we will see more worse unless he is gone.

  • Semhar April 20, 2012

    ISAYAS is #1 enemy of ERITREA.

    Isayas is Ethiopian mercenaries who was sent by his uncle Degezmach Solomn Abraham (former governor of Wollo, Ethiopian province) and Asratekassa (former governor of Eritrea) to dissolve Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF).

    * Isayas successfully dissolved ELF in 1981.

    * He dissolved the EPLF in 1993.

     He created his own organization HIGDEF in 1993.

    * He changed our national flag, the flag of our martyrs and replaced it by his own HGDEF flag in 1993.

    * He changed our PROVINCES and replaced them by his own ZOBAS.

    ISAYAS is #1 enemy of ERITREA.

    • He is selling the land of the native Eritreans to ihis followers mmigrants.
    • (He sold most of meret dekebat Barka to hi korakuru, his followers.)

    ISAYAS is #1 enemy of ERITREA.

    • He went to war AGAINT ETHIOPIA 1998 -2000’
    • He went to war against YEMEN lost our Islands.
    • He went to war against DJEBOUTI.
    • He went to war against SUDAN.
    • He is arming ALSHEBAB a terrorist organization in SOMALIA.

    He is charging $3000 per person to smuggle them to neighboring country Sudan.
    He then turn around and jail their parents and charge them $50,000 Nakfa per person.
    He get hard currency from the s bedowin by selling organs of the native Eritreans
    He charges all ERITREANS abroad 2% of their 20 years income!

  • Semhar April 20, 2012

    ISAYAS is #1 enemy of ERITREA.

    Isayas is Ethiopian mercenaries who was sent by his uncle Degezmach Solomn Abraham (former governor of Wollo, Ethiopian province) and Asratekassa (former governor of Eritrea) to dissolve Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF).

    * Isayas successfully dissolved ELF in 1981.

    * He dissolved the EPLF in 1993.

     He created his own organization HIGDEF in 1993.

    * He changed our national flag, the flag of our martyrs and replaced it by his own HGDEF flag in 1993.

    * He changed our PROVINCES and replaced them by his own ZOBAS.

    ISAYAS is #1 enemy of ERITREA.

    • He is selling the land of the native Eritreans to his followers immigrants.
    • (He sold most of meret dekebat Barka to his korakuru, his followers.)

    ISAYAS is #1 enemy of ERITREA.

    • He went to war AGAINT ETHIOPIA 1998 -2000’
    • He went to war against YEMEN lost our Islands.
    • He went to war against DJEBOUTI.
    • He went to war against SUDAN.
    • He is arming ALSHEBAB a terrorist organization in SOMALIA.

    He is charging $3000 per person to smuggle them to neighboring country Sudan.
    He then turn around and jail their parents and charge them $50,000 Nakfa per person.
    He get hard currency from the s bedowin by selling organs of the native Eritreans
    He charges all ERITREANS abroad 2% of their 20 years income!

    • Yemane April 20, 2012

      Semhar,

      Please get your facts right.

      The old eritrean flag was given by UN . The Eritrean flag with the “UN blue” field and green emblem was adopted in 1952 and used until the territory was absorbed into Ethiopia in 1959.

      • Asme April 20, 2012

        where did you get you facts? from the archives of EPLF? the current flag belongs to EPLF/PFDJ and it will be eliminated with this rotten regime

      • Semhar April 20, 2012

        Yemane,
        Please do not distort the fact.

        What was our original flag?
        How did we get it?
        What did it represent?
        When Ethiopia took down our national flag what did we do?
        When we start our revolution what was the flag that represented our liberation?
        What flag represented the ELF and EPLF till Eritrrea was liberated 1991?
        Which flag was all over Eritrea 1991 to 1993?
        Which flag represented Eritrea from 1952 to 1993?

        • Semhar April 20, 2012

          Yemane,

          Please do not distort the fact!

          Thanks God!
          PFDJ is on the RUN…
          Finally the time for change has come slowly but surely!

          The youth have now got their voice back.

          We should remember our history…

          For more than 60 years, the Eritrean flag
          has been the symbol of our nation’s strength and unity. It’s been a source of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens. And the Eritrean flag has been a prominent icon in our national history.

          Here are the dictators that took down our national flag and replaced it by their own flags, Ethiopian flag in 1962 and Isayas’s(PFDJ’S) flag 1993.

          Let’s not fool ourselves by raising Isaya’s flag.

          We should all raise one flag, our original flag; the flag of our fathers, the flag of our martyrs!

      • Semhar April 20, 2012

        Yemane.

        This is the time that we as ERITREANS unite and get rid of the dictator.

        The fact is the Eritrean assembly democratically offically adopted the first flag of ERITREA on September 15, 1952.
        In 1962 Ethiopia took down our flag and replaced it by Ethiopian flag…. it took us 30 years to raise our flag all over Eritrea again. Our flag was used during the fight for independence from Ethiopia (won in 1991).
        In 1993, the dictator took down our flag and replaced it by his own flag. Instead of raising our original freedom flag at the United Nations the dictator gave them his own flag (HIGDEF’s flag).
        We should use our original flag again during our fight against the dictator and his regime (HIGDEF).
Victory to our struggle!
With the support of our people, our orignal flag,the flag of our forefathers, and our martyrs will rise again all over Eritrea and at the United Nations!

      • SINGAPO - ERITREAN April 21, 2012

        I still preffer the blue one “given by UN” as a symbol of Endurance & better governance , than the one symbol of Dimu – Dimu, rape ,disrespect,organ harvesting ,hatred .

    • hayelom werede April 20, 2012

      Dear Semhar,
      You are a mercenary and agame who suffer from identity crises. Which national flag did you have before? We Eritreans got our independence in 1993 and established an Eritrean based national flag, a flag that represented the national resources, sea and people. That is what we Eritreans call it our National flag.

      • Semhar April 20, 2012

        Hayelom Werede,

        Please do not distort the fact.

        What was our original flag?
        How did we get it?
        What did it represent?
        When Ethiopia took down our national flag what did we do?
        When we start our revolution what was the flag that represented our liberation?
        What flag represented the ELF and EPLF till Eritrrea was liberated 1991?
        Which flag was all over Eritrea 1991 to 1993?
        Which flag represented Eritrea from 1952 to 1993?

        • jonas-1923@hotmail.com April 21, 2012

          Semhar
          My freind don’t waste your time with this guy called Hylom, I think he is more than a supporter, he is in Isayas’ pay roll, an agent, I don’t mean this as an insult, he seriously is, there is also another guy called Tef, he is the same too,how you know professional Isayas agents is they will keep calling us Agame to confuse readers about our identity. Normally people even if they support Isayas dont get this low and dirty from the start.

          • tef April 21, 2012

            Jonas(Ghebresadik)

            My ERITREAN girlfriend always says, ETHIOPANS and ERITREANS should work together to remove Wayane regime from power, then we can use asseb together with respects asseb is Eritrean port. ETHIOPIANS and ERITREANS ARE COSINS, like Austria and Germany. I hope one day, I will see ETHIOPIA with out Tigray.

      • Semhar April 20, 2012

        Hayelom Werede,

        Please do not distort the fact.

        This is the time that we as ERITREANS unite and get rid of the dictator.
        Eritrean assembly democratically offically adopted the first flag of ERITREA on September 15, 1952.
        In 1962 Ethiopia took down our flag and replaced it by Ethiopian flag…. it took us 30 years to raise our flag all over Eritrea again. Our flag was used during the fight for independence from Ethiopia (won in 1991).
        In 1993, the dictator took down our flag and replaced it by his own flag. Instead of raising our original freedom flag at the United Nations the dictator gave them his own flag (HIGDEF’s flag).
        We should use our original flag again during our fight against the dictator and his regime (HIGDEF).
Victory to our struggle!
With the support of our people, our orignal flag,the flag of our forefathers, and our martyrs will rise again all over Eritrea and at the United Nations!

      • Semhar April 20, 2012

        hayelom,

        The mercenaries who are suffering from identity crises are the tyrant dictator Isayas and his followers.

        Isayas’s father is from Tembien , Tigray, Ethiopia and his mother is from Adwa, Tigray Ethiopia. He and his followers are with identity crises.
        Dejazmach Solomon Abreha was the uncle of the dictator Isayas.

        • SINGAPO - ERITREAN April 21, 2012

          ሰምሃር ፣
          ሕጂ´ውን ሓቂ ኣለኺ ። ናይ መንነት ምኽሓድ ዘጥቅዖም፣ እቶም ትርጋውነቶም ዘይኣምኑ ተጋሩ እዮም። እዚ “ዕቡድ” ባባ ኢሳያስ ´ውን ከምቲ ዝበልክዮ እዩ። …….ኣብ ካናዳ ከለኹ ከምዚኣ ክንብል ምሳና ኮፍ ኢሉ ዝሰምዕ ዝነበረ ትግራዋይ ናይ ትግራይ….”ዋእ እሞ ርኣይዋቶ ወዲ ሓፍትና ኢሳያስ ንኹላትኩም እላዔሸወን እላፈራርሔን ልገዝእ……ከይትቕየሙና እምበይ …ብኡ እኳ እዩ..”ካብ ልተማህረ ኤርትራውስ, ልዓበደ ትግራዋይ ይልብም ልተባህለ”….በለ እሞ ..ኩሉ ኤርትራዊ..ኣንታ ሓቁ እዩ ግዲ በለ…ላይ ትግራዋይ ልቢ ኣይትፈልጥዎይ ንስኻትኩም…..ኢሳያስ..እዘን ዓጋመ..ኽትብሉናስ ለይስምዖ ዶ ይመስለኩም…ኤረ ገና..ለይርኣኹም…ሸንኮለል ከብለካትኩም እዩ በለ……,መስደመም !!

      • SINGAPO - ERITREAN April 21, 2012

        Ageme´s do not have identity crisis ,the socalled “Hizbe Tigrigna” do .Everything PFDJ does is fake ,including the ugly flag .

  • Yemane April 20, 2012

    Eritrea Issues Travel Warning For USA.

    Crime, often committed by groups of armed Gangs bandits or street gangs to foreign visitors to US, especially in the down town area. The Eritrean Embassy prohibits Eritrean personnel from walking on the streets after dark and from using local public transportation at any time.

    To all eritrean in US stay safe.

    • jonas-1923@hotmail.com April 20, 2012

      Yemane
      Hhahahahahah,I like your sense of humor even though sad, Eritreans are dying in the desert to reach Isreal a country backed by the US, reaching the US itself is just a dream for all.

      • tef April 22, 2012

        jonas (Ghebresadik)

        When ETHIOPIA liberate from woyane, I am the one, I will deporte you to tigray. ETHIOPIA with out tigray can be better. We don’t need woyanes and like Ghebresadik(jonas). I Hop god helps ETHIOPIA and ERITREA will live in peace.

    • denden April 20, 2012

      Dear Yemane,
      I have taken your advice, I have stopped walking the streets of New York, san Jose, Chicago for my own safety and I have a made it a habbit of calling the Eritrean Embasy to alert them about my well being.

      By the way did you hear about Amanule Iyassu being molested in a Mental Hospital by his carers? If you don’t please aske him to give you his detailed account of what happen to him towards the end of 2008 – 09.

    • SINGAPO - ERITREAN April 21, 2012

      They forgot to include there are beggars in USA ,but not in our Eritrea .

      • Albano-Tigryan April 21, 2012

        Ghebreanenia,
        When you say “our Eritrea”, is that a slip of tongue? Do you mean our Aigame-land aka Albanian-Tigray.

  • haqui April 20, 2012

    People’s Power: Boycott Egypt Air

    Eritreans have been flocking back to their home land from every corner of the globe, mainly during the summer months. Over the recent years, it has proved to be difficult to find reasonably priced tickets to Eritrea. This could be to do with the lack of competition between the few airlines that fly to Eritrea. However, it has become apparent that Eritreans are not only receiving poor service, but they are being ripped off.

    Many of the passengers to Eritrea use Egypt Air for their journey. Over the years, Egypt Air has become synonymous with very bad service. Some of the issues that Egypt Air is well known for among Eritreans are over booking, corruption, nepotism, cancellations of bookings, unrecovered lost luggage, overcharging, harassment, forcing strangers to share rooms, etc. However, this poor service and treatment was tolerated as their price was reasonable when compared to other airliners.
    Egypt Air’s fare to Eritrea has been doubled in the last two years and almost trebled in four years. Egypt Air’s flight to Eritrea is now the most expensive when compared to all the destinations that they serve. As the table below indicates, the fare to Eritrea is almost twice that of Juba and three times that of Cape Town per mileage. It is known that prices are set not only by mileage, but the number of airliners serving the destination, number of passengers throughout the year, airport tax, fuel cost, etc. However, none of these can be…

  • Tecle April 20, 2012

    I don’t understand at all when you talk what flag we most have. Yang Eritreans are dieing every second and you are writing nonsense dialog? Pleas use this tool for useful dialog like how can we remove the MAD DOG and restore Democracy in Eritrea.

    • Selamawi April 20, 2012

      I could not agree more! First thing first. Let’s save the nation then we talk about flag…Get rid of the dictator and his cronies! Replace him with the rule of law…then we talk about symbols, politics and political parties.

      Please those of you, who could not write without name calling, get real! The glob is turning into a small village thanks to technology… In most of the countries we have been scattered we do not accept name calling and discrimination based on religion, race, gender… Why is that we do it amongst ourselves , and with our neighbours or cousins.

      Please let’s all remember this: bigotry and name calling, division (based on religion, region – awraja, veteran fighter V the Sawa conscript…) evasion, deception, vulgarity…belongs to PFDJ satanic group. This sort of behaviour, we should eliminate together with the core PFDJ mafia.

      Do not be like the PFDJ, their language and attitude will disappear with them.

      God bless!

  • SINGAPO - ERITREAN April 21, 2012

    Brother Ahmed Saleh ,
    As much, as I hate to quote a communist…I think it was Vladmir H. Lenin that said…..”you can not make a good Omellete,with out beaking the shell”s,…You did not intend ,to offend any body, …”we can not call ,the devil ,the Ex angel”…that is political correctness…….My message appears to tell readers …on your face..Sometimes ,it is necessary ,when everything fails. I am not anybody`s teacher ,,,,,I am saying ,there is no Isaias without Eritreans ..,as there would not have been ..Hitler ,without Germans..that is when healing begins..I am looking beyond Isaias,because commander Dimu – Dimu is falling soon….We need to work together to avoid the unexpected ….I have heard & sometimes witnessed ,so many cruelty. After PFDJ massacared the veterans , We, the people ,believed the govt …and beat the war drum of 1998 – 2000 Enough is Enough !!

  • aus 17 April 22, 2012

    we took it with pleasure, because those who frequently travelling to Eritrea are those who least feel and sense Eritrean’s sufferings.
    they are egoistic in nature

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