In terms of climate, the worst time to visit Eritrea is June to August, when the rainfall is at its highest in the highlands and the west, and when the eastern lowlands are sun-baked to within an inch of their geographical existence; the best times are from October to March. You might also want to time your visit to coincide with one or more of the region’s prime religious festivals, such as Timkat (19 January) or Meskel (27 September).
Land mines – Border Issues – Permits
Land mines are a major problem, particularly in border regions with Ethiopia and the areas west, south and southeast of Barentu. Avoid travel along the Agordat-Hawashayt road and north of Afabet.
The border with Ethiopia is permanently closed, and passage between the countries is not possible, while the border with Sudan is closed intermittently and has been subject to bomb attacks.
Government permits are required by anyone wishing to travel outside Asmara. This can cause delays to travel plans and assistance.