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IDP is essential when driving abroad

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International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.

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Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world.

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Do I need an international driver's license in Eritrea?

Although an International Driver’s License, mostly known as an International Driving Permit (IDP) isn’t required, it is highly recommended by many tourists who have driven in the country. Those who intend to explore the country using a rented motor vehicle from car rental companies can easily drive there as per United Nations, using their valid driver’s license. However, for this to be recognized by the road traffic authorities, it is highly advised to get your IDP to translate all the information on your driving license.

It is highly recommended to explore this wonderful country by exploring it yourself, considering how it has much to offer including the beautiful landscapes and meeting the wonderful people there. However, if you don’t have an IDP, you can always get a chauffeur through car hire there, which only primarily grants you limited time to enjoy exploring the country.

Which countries require international driver's license?

The countries in which your IDP can be recognized are the following:

  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Botswana
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrean
  • Ethiopia
  • Lesotho
  • Namibia
  • Tanzania
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

Top Destinations in Eritrea

Situated in the eastern part of Africa, Eritrea is a small nation that seems like an Italian town mostly due to being an Italian colony and having Italian as one of the major languages. While visiting for tourism purposes can pose a challenge, the country is open for tourism, and the sites that await you are well worth the effort. These are some notable places to visit when in Eritrea.


Known as the capital of Eritrea, Asmara is perhaps the number one place to visit when journeying in Eritrea. The Italian influence in their culture and architecture is present in tourist spots such as Catterdale di Asmara, erected by the Italian government in 1922, embellished with arcs and chandeliers like European cathedrals. Another Italian-inspired landmark is the Fiat Taglieri, a station with a futuristic touch intended to be a gas station and is now a landmark.

The capital is the center for commerce and is known for shopping areas like the Medebar Market. The Medebar Market is home to vendors selling their handicrafts made from metals from the nearby landfills as a means of reducing waste. The National Museum of Asmara is also perfect for those who wish to know Eritrea's history through artifacts showcasing the Eritrean way of life. The best times to visit Asmara are February to September when the weather is fair and pleasant.


Massawa, or Pearl of the Red Sea, draws influence from neighboring Arabian nations, Portuguese, Egyptian, Turkish, Italian, and many others. It can be seen in their architecture and culture, making Massawa known as the center of intellectualism and artistry. An example of their stellar architecture is the Imperial Palace, which drips Ottoman influence, giving the tourists a view of old-town Massawa.

Beach lovers will be delighted in this Eritrean area, thanks to Green Island, which makes for snorkeling, diving, and seaside relaxation activities. Tour guides organize day trips and snorkeling equipment for tourists looking to experience the wonder of Green Island. May, November, and December are the ideal times to visit Massawa, especially if you're into water activities.


The Dahlak Archipelago consists of 200 islands and houses, beaches, and traditional culture, perfect for whatever adventure you seek. There is never a shortage of water-based activities you can do in the Dahlak Islands, such as scuba diving, water skiing, snorkeling, and simple beach relaxation and recreation. Dahlak Islands are also home to marine wildlife such as turtles, manta rays, and dolphins.

Island camping in the Dahlak Islands is also a favorite amongst those who seek to be one with nature. Since the island is mostly known for outdoor relaxation, water activities, and diverse marine biology, it would be best to visit Dahlak from October to March. The weather is favorable as May to August is reported to be scorching hot.


Senafe is an area in the southern part of Eritrea and is known for the Metera ruins, an archaeological site that houses the Saho and Tigrinya people. Senafe is also known for the Obelisk of Matara, amongst other ruins that exhibit its history and way of life. Senafe is also the place to be if you want to learn how to do rock climbing as locals are happy to help you climb the rocks.

Since Senafe consists of mostly ruins, except that the majority of your tour will be outdoors, the best time to visit Senafe is from January to June and September to December when the weather is ideal for visiting the ruins.


Agordat or Akordat in Gash-Barka, Eritrea is home to archaeological sites that speak significant volumes about Eritrea's history. Turkish and Egyptian conquerors' influence is evident in their infrastructures and archaeological sites, such as Qoahito, a renowned UNESCO heritage site situated on a plateau. The tomb of Said Mustafa wad Hasan is also located in Akordat.

Aside from these sites, churches and mosques whose architecture is greatly influenced by conquerors are also worth visiting if you're up for appreciating works of art. The best months to visit would be around February, April, October, November, and December, when the climate is fair and favorable to tours in the outdoors.

Asmara Theater

Odoardo Cavagnari and built-in 1918 designed the Asmara Theater or Teatro di Asmara. Visit this theater if you're seeking to appreciate culture and architecture reminiscent of olden times. Apart from the theater, foreign nationals can also lounge in cafés near the area and make it a great place to pass the time. The theater no longer shows operas, but sports fans can head on over to the Asmara Theater to watch matches that they air.

Since Asmara Theater's location is in the capital where foreign nationals are likely to flock and frequent, numerous hotels surround the theater for accommodation. The best time to visit Asmara is from February to September, where the weather is fair. Eritrea experiences snow in December and February, so if you're looking to stroll in wintertime, then you can plan a tour during these months.

Villa Roma

Located in Asmara, Villa Roma is a small village that is akin to old Roman villas. The architecture comprises porticoes, staircases from marble will prove to be an experience for tourists who will truly feel like they are in Rome. Villa Roma's location is close to the Africa Pension Hotel, providing accommodation and a beautiful view for those staying in.

The Villa Roma is a beautiful sight to behold, but it is more than just a visual spectacle. Villa Roma also houses the Italian Ambassador to Eritrea. February to September are the ideal months to visit to make the most of the pleasant sunshine and idyllic weather for strolling.

Most Important Driving Rules in Eritrea

Eritrea might be an obscure, rarely visited country, but if you plan on visiting as a tourist, it is crucial to familiarize yourself with Eritrea driving rules to ensure a trouble-free and enjoyable stay. These rules are essential to follow, even if they may differ from those in your country of origin. By adhering to these guidelines, you can ensure a safe and pleasant driving experience in Eritrea. Here are some of the primary driving rules specific to Eritrea.

Follow the Speed Limit

In Eritrea, where the traffic rules are strict, it is best to abide by the speed limit. Speed limits vary depending on the location. Cities in Eritrea have a speed limit of 60 kph, while the general speed limit is 100 kph. If you ever get caught speeding, expect a fine amounting to 50,000 Eritrean pounds or $10,800.

Prepare for Road Conditions

Eritrea has complicated road conditions that would require you to be wary and drive with care. Pedestrians and animals often cross the road without warning, which is more of a reason to educate yourself on the country's speed limits. Landmines are also still present in Eritrean roads, so tourists must take extra precautionary measures.

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