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Money & Shopping in Eritrea

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The Eritrean nakfa is the country’s currency. It is linked to the United States dollar. The USD is worth 15 nakfas. Coins are issued in denominations of one cent, five cents, ten cents, twenty-five cents, fifty cents, one hundred cents, and one nakfa. Banknotes are issued in denominations of one, five, ten, twenty, fifty, and one hundred nakfas.

Traditional Eritrean handicrafts consisting of leather, olivewood, clay, and straw are the finest Eritrean souvenirs. These, along with typical home-spun cotton clothing, can be purchased in most souvenir stores in Asmara. Posters and postcards are also widely available at most press kiosks, including those at airports. Leopard and zebra skin, as well as ivory goods, are available at souvenir stores, but you will be prohibited from leaving Eritrea with them. Because international commerce in such items is prohibited, you will most likely be arrested and punished at your final destination. Eritrea, on the other hand, offers a number of souvenirs made of goatskin. Asmara marketplaces also sell gold, pearl, and silver jewelry, as well as frankincense and myrrh. Be cautious when purchasing textiles such as home-spun cotton clothing, animal skins with fur, and carpets; they may contain parasites. Before going home, make certain that it has been cleaned, treated, and dried.

Costs

Eritrea is a relatively inexpensive location to buy, dine, travel, and spend time in general (Hotel prices, apart from the pricey 5-star Intercontinental in Asmara, are also very cheap). Imports (particularly gasoline), services that rely on imports (upscale restaurants, hotels, private transportation or flights), and different government fees are the only items that might be costly in the nation (visas, airport taxes, travel permits etc.). You may spend less than USD50 per day on food, housing, and transportation if you avoid imports (or carry toiletries and cosmetics), dine locally, stay in cheap hotels (particularly those run by the government), and use public transit.

How To Travel To Eritrea

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Visa & Passport Requirements for Eritrea

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Food & Drinks in Eritrea

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Traditions & Customs in Eritrea

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History of Eritrea

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