Eritrea - The Alps of Africa

In Eritrea we can provide international relocations by sea and air, local moves, office moves and storage. We also provide an essential import and export service by sea and air, for international AID agencies.


Worldwide Movers Africa (Eritrea) work in one of our most challenging environments. Thaddeous and his team ask that as much notice as possible is given to enable them to provide you with the best service possible.

Our dedicated team are knowledgeable, experienced and have extensive removal skills. We have comprehensive export/import, freight and customs formalities abilities.

Our team attend annual workshops and overseas conferences with agency network partners. We are proud of our reputation as Africa’s Gold Standard of the relocation industry.

Thaddeaus Muler

Thaddeaus is a talented and experienced member of our Group. He has a strong network in Eritrea which he can call on to assist you with your shipment.


​​​​​Population: Estimated to be 6.2 million

Capital: Asmara has well-preserved Italian colonial architecture.
It has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Language: Tigrinya and Arabic (official languages).
English and Italian are also widely used.

Govt: Single party state.

Major religions: Islam, Christianity

GDP is estimated at US$5 billion

GDP per capita approximatley US$650

Currency: Eritrean Nakfa (ERN).

Eritrea, in the Horn of Africa gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, after a bloody 30 year war. It is plagued by internal repression and tensions with its neighbours. Its secretive regime discourages overseas investment and the expatriate and business community have dwindled. Military spend is heavy and Amnesty International reports that military conscription is mandatory and indefinite.

The economy is based on agriculture, services, and mining. The country has significant mineral resources, including gold, copper, and zinc. In rural areas subsistence farming is crucial to the populations livelihood.

Music and dance are culturally important with various regional styles.  Modern music, including pop and reggae, are also popular. The Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha festivals, Independence Day (May 24), and Christmas and Easter are celebrated as are many other cultural and religious festivals.

Traditional handicrafts, including pottery, weaving, and metalwork, often reflect the cultural identity of different ethnic groups.

The 'Alps of Africa', Eritrea has highlands, lowlands, and coastal areas. Sadly its wildlife suffers from habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict. The Red Sea is rich with coral reefs, fish species, and other marine organisms. Eritrea is on an important migratory route for many bird species.


Mobile phone and internet

EriTel is the only mobile phone and internet provider (mobile data and limited fixed-line broadband). Internet access is limited, and the country has one of the lowest internet penetration rates globally. The Eritrean government maintains strict control over the telecommunications sector, including internet services. There are limitations on access to information, and online censorship is enforced.

Getting around and orientation

Our City Orientation Tour provides a safe and friendly way to get to know your new home. We help you to find what you need and make your initial settling-in period a little easier. We are happy to drive you and show you some key places.

Public Buses provide an affordable service in major cities and towns for locals and they are often used for short to medium-distance travel.

Taxis are available in urban areas and can be hired for both short and long-distance journeys. It's common for taxis to operate without meters, so it's advisable to negotiate the fare before starting the journey.

Minibuses or shared taxis are a common mode of transport, particularly for shorter distances within cities and towns. These minibuses operate on fixed routes and can be flagged down along the roadside.

Car rental services are available in some urban areas. It's essential to ensure that you have the necessary documentation and comply with local regulations if you plan to rent a car.

Eritrea has a few domestic airports which can offer a more convenient option for covering longer distances on certain routes.

Camels and Donkeys In rural and remote areas, especially in the countryside, camels and donkeys are sometimes used for transportation of goods and people. This traditional mode of transport is more common in villages and areas with limited road access.

Where to live

Eritrea is comparatively small and may not have well-defined expat neighbourhoods. Areas that are more likely to host expatriates are often tied to diplomatic, business, or international community activities.

Asmara (City Centre) the capital of Eritrea, may have expatriates living in or around the city centre, especially near diplomatic missions, international organisations, and businesses. Amenities and services might be more concentrated in central areas.

Areas surrounding the diplomatic quarter or embassy district in Asmara are likely to host expatriates, diplomatic staff and their families.

Try areas where international organisations or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operate. They may have a more diverse population, including expatriates involved in development and humanitarian work.

Expatriates in Eritrea may live in specific housing complexes or compounds, especially those provided by international organisations or businesses. These areas often offer a community-oriented environment.

If there are international schools catering to expatriate communities, residential areas surrounding these schools might attract families from different countries.

Eritrea does not have the same level of expatriate infrastructure as other countries, and communities might be smaller and more dispersed. Connecting with local expatriate networks, reaching out to diplomatic missions, and consulting with international organisations or businesses can provide valuable insights into housing options and community life.


International or expatriate schools are limited compared to other countries. Expatriates and diplomats may need to explore local educational options or consider distance education programs.

For accurate up-to-date information contact local authorities, embassies, or expatriate communities directly. Additionally, diplomatic missions or international organizations in Eritrea may provide insights and assistance in finding suitable educational options for expatriates.


Asmara Central Market offers a variety of goods, including fresh produce, spices, clothing, and household items.

Keren Market also has a vibrant market where locals sell fruits, vegetables, spices, and handmade goods.

Look for traditional Eritrean handicrafts and souvenirs, such as woven baskets, pottery, and traditional clothing, in local markets or craft shops. Local markets and shops in urban areas also offer a range of clothing, traditional attire and modern fashion. Tailors are also available for custom-made clothing.

In larger towns and cities, you can find supermarkets and grocery stores offering a variety of food items, household goods, and imported products.

Shops in Asmara may offer local art, antiques, and traditional artifacts, providing a unique shopping experience for those interested in Eritrean culture.

Look for local artisans and shops to find handmade jewellery and accessories, often incorporating traditional Eritrean designs and materials.

Eritrea is known for its coffee culture. Look for local coffee beans and traditional coffee-making equipment. Additionally, you can find various spices used in Eritrean cuisine.

Local markets may offer traditional herbs and medicines, reflecting Eritrea's rich cultural and herbal traditions.

While Eritrea has a local market scene, the availability of certain imported or specialty items may be limited. Bargaining is a common practice in local markets, so be prepared to negotiate prices.


Eritrea offers unique attractions for those interested in history, architecture, and natural beauty.

Asmara is known for its well-preserved Italian colonial architecture, particularly the Art Deco buildings. Take a stroll through the city to appreciate the unique blend of African and European influences. Independence Avenue is lined with historic buildings, shops, and cafes, providing a glimpse into the city's vibrant atmosphere. The National Museum of Eritrea showcases the country's history, culture, and ancient artifacts.

Debre Bizen Monastery near Asmara offers a peaceful retreat and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Admire the Fiat Tagliero Building, an iconic structure known for its futuristic design. It was built during the Italian colonial period.

Massawa: Explore the Dahlak Archipelago, a group of islands in the Red Sea known for their coral reefs and marine life and where snorkelling and diving are popular. Wander through the old town of Massawa, with its narrow alleys and ancient buildings, Ottoman, Egyptian, and Italian architecture.

Keren:Visit Mariam Dearit Shrine a sacred site dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a significant pilgrimage site for Eritrean Christians.

Explore the otherworldly landscapes of the Dankalia Depression, including the Afar Triangle. Find active volcanoes, salt flats, and colourful mineral deposits.

Learn about Eritrea's struggle for independence at the Nakfa Museum, which showcases artifacts, photos, and exhibits related to the country's liberation.

Explore the ancient ruins of Qohaito, an archaeological site that includes pre-Aksumite structures, such as the Great Temple and the Tank.

Before planning your trip, check for any travel advisories, and be aware of the current conditions. Eritrea's historical and cultural sites offer a unique experience for those looking to explore a less-travelled destination.

Banking and money

Carry enough local currency Eritrean Nakfa (ERN) for daily expenses, especially in rural areas. Credit and debit cards are not widely accepted, nor is foreign currency.

The Commercial Bank of Eritrea, Housing and Commerce Bank of Eritrea, and others provide currency exchange, savings accounts, and basic financial services. Banking hours are typically from Sunday to Thursday morning. Use banks or authorised exchange offices to change currency to ensure fair rates.

ATMs are not as common in Eritrea as in some other countries. Check with your bank about the international withdrawal limit of your card before travelling.

Traveller's checks are not commonly used in Eritrea.


Stay safe, be aware of your surroundings and take precautions.

Research: Learn about the city and which areas are safe. Stay updated on local news and events, travel advisories or safety alerts issued for the city.

Accommodation: Use reputable well-reviewed accommodations. Look for good security measures. Use reliable booking platforms to ensure your reservation is legitimate.

Transport: Use licensed and reputable transport options. Avoid travelling alone late at night and use well-lit and busy routes.

Avoid Risky Areas: Be cautious in unfamiliar or poorly lit areas, especially at night.

Personal Belongings: Keep your belongings secure. Use anti-theft backpacks or money belts. Be cautious with flashy jewellery, expensive gadgets and large amounts of cash.

Contacts: Contact locals or expats who can give you guidance. Share your plans with someone you trust. Know the local emergency numbers (police, medical, fire). Carry a list of contacts, including the nearest embassy or consulate.

ITC: Use secure Wi-Fi connections and consider using a VPN. Keep your devices charged and have a backup power source.

Language: Learn some basic phrases in the local language, especially those for seeking help or directions.

Cultural Sensitivity: Respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly in areas where it is appropriate.

Health Precautions: Be aware of health risks and take necessary vaccinations. Carry necessary medications and know the location of local medical facilities.

Trust Your Instincts: If a situation feels uncomfortable, remove yourself from it. Trust your instincts and be cautious about accepting invitations or assistance from strangers.


How are moving costs calculated?

Moving costs are based on factors such as:

The volume and weight of your belongings

Whether your belongings are being shipped by air, sea or road (or a combination)

Your origin and destination

Any special requirements you have such as crating for art work

Ease of access to your property

Additional services requested

Please provide our surveyor and operations manager with as much information as possible.

We use the assessment made by our surveyor and the information you provide to calculate your quote.

Why do I need a Survey?

As each move is unique our service usually begins with a survey. Our surveyor will estimate the volume of goods to be shipped and the materials needed. He will listen carefully to any special instructions or requests you may have. He will also make an assessment of the property checking for any access issues (narrow gates or height restrictions) and look at lift access and staircases.

Do you provide packing services?

We have teams of highly experienced professional packers

We use high quality and appropriate materials to protect and pack your belongings

* You should not pack your own belongings

Many countries will not allow entry of goods that have been packed by their owners (PBO). This ensures no prohibited items are shipped with your belongings.

Any boxes labelled PBO are very likely to be opened and searched by customs officials

Our teams will produce a detailed packing list which they will ask you to sign

Are there any items you cannot move?

We do not ship prohibited goods, such as:

Ivory or furs, drugs, weapons, hazardous materials or perishable items.

Each location has its own export and import regulations. Our teams will be able to advise.

We do not pack keys or passports (you will need those)

It is recommended that you carry any small high value items, such as jewellery, rather than having it shipped with your goods

Is my shipment insured during the move?

Your normal household insurance is unlikely to cover your goods in transit.

We offer protection cover for your move including marine insurance.

Your shipment may be insured by your origin agent if you are importing your goods to us.

It is very important that you complete a detailed valued inventory of your goods as one box may contain items of much greater value than another.

Please read our terms and conditions for information on liability.

How should I prepare for the move?

It helps if you are organised.....

Make sure you have applied for any visas or permissions you will need and have your passports up to date and ready

Dispose of or sell any items you do not wish to take

Separate items to be shipped from those to remain

Separate items to be shipped by air and those to be shipped by sea (if appropriate)

Label or attach stickers to the items to be packed

Organise school books or your children's much loved toys

How long will it take to move my belongings to my new home?

From start to finish the entire moving process has a number of steps:

Survey - please book your survey as far in advance as is practical

Quote - once your survey is done our team will contact shipping line and destination agents. Once all this information is in and collated we can provide you with a quote/estimate.


Packing dates - we can be very busy especially at peak packing time in the summer months. We will always aim to pack on or close to your preferred dates when possible

Transport to port

Export clearing

Loading onto shipping vessel

Transit by sea or air - this can take a day to several weeks. We can give an estimated time of arrival (ETA) to help you with planning. However, many things affect the transit time and are out of our control: technical issues, weather, international incidents, port congestion etc. Your shipment is tracked and the ETA adjusted accordingly.

Offloading from the vessel

Import clearing

Transport to storage or your new home

Unpacking and debris removal

What other costs might I expect to incur?

We will provide you with a comprehensive and detailed quote for our services which should highlight any exclusions.

DUTY AND TAX: Customs/import duty is imposed when people bring goods into a country. Duty can vary widely depending on the country and its specific customs regulations. Personal belongings and household goods are sometimes duty free or have a reduced rate. Exemptions or reductions may apply to some individuals, such as expatriates on short-term assignments and diplomats. Depending on the country there may be other taxes and levys charged on your shipment.

A customs declaration including a detailed inventory, packing list, and relevant identification documents is crucial for smooth customs clearance. Some countries may require additional documents, such as a visa, work permit, or proof of residence. We can provide guidance on the documentation required and potential duty implications.

DEMURRAGE: Demurrage is charged by a shipowner for any delay in loading/unloading a vessel or returning the container beyond the allowed free time. Delays can arise for many reasons including port congestion, customers not presenting the required paperwork on time etc

Free time is generally about 5 days for an air import and 7 days for a sea import (including weekends and holidays). Charges are calculated on a daily rate for each day beyond the free time.

We are unable to include demurrage charges in our quote as they vary. You, your origin agent or your company are usually responsible for paying demurrage. It is important for us to know who to contact so that they can be paid efficiently, the container is released and further unnecessary charges are not incurred.


Inspections - Your shipment may be selected for inspection or X-Ray by officials for which there will be an additional fee.

Storage - We are able to store your household goods for you if for example your new home is not ready. We charge warehouse handling and storage for this service.

Handyman - We offer other services such as a handyman if you need other work such as putting up curtains, electrical work, assembly of IKEA furniture and so on....

Out of Hours - Additional may be incurred if you require us to work after hours, on weekends or public holidays.

Can you relocate my pets?

International relocation of pets involves careful planning and adherence to regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of your furry friends.

We have moved many pets all over the world including USA, UK, many EU countries, New Zealand, Australia, Cyprus, Thailand, Singapore....

Pet import requirements and regulations vary and some countries have strict rules and timelines to which you must adhere.

Ensure that your pet has a compliant microchip registered with your contact information.

Visit your veterinarian well in advance and ensure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations required by the destination country. Give parasite treatments according to the regulations of the destination country. Obtain a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian shortly before travel.

An import permit may be required by the destination country. Obtain the necessary permits and ensure compliance with any waiting periods. Be aware of any quarantine requirements in the destination country.

You will need an IATA and airline-approved travel crate that provides enough space for your pet to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Familiarise your pet with the crate before travel. Include familiar items like blankets or toys in the travel crate (but no choking hazards). Ensure access to water and any necessary medications during the journey.

We organise the door-to-door relocation of pets, from collection at your residence, booking with the airline, airport procedures and processing, arranging a destination agent and hand over or delivery to your new home. We select an airline we trust with experience in transporting pets. We consider the travel time, any transfers and their location so that we choose the best route for the comfort and safety of your pet/s. Some airlines have specific pet travel programs.

You will need to provide original copies of all your pets documents. We will also need your old and new address and contact information.

NB: Do not give your pet any sedative or calming medications/supplements - these can have devastating affects at altitude. We will refuse to ship your animal if we suspect it is sedated.

We can also relocate other animals and always adhere to regulations. If your pet is CITES listed you will need to provide the correct paperwork.


Dear Charles and William,

We would like to thank you, all of you, for the very good job you have done. Your team, this morning, was efficient and competent. We will have the pleasure to work with you again. Thank you very much.

Kindest regards Helene

Why Choose Us?

With over 30 years of experience on the African Continent, Worldwide Movers Africa has the knowledge and dedication needed to successfully move your belongings.


Contact Details

Tel: +256 781 161 578
+251 (0) 9 7650 1085

Head Office Address

Worldwide Movers Eritrea
Denden Street, 175


Box 402

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