Eritrea Import Restrictions

In order to enter Eritrea, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Eritrea government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Eritrea, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Eritrea.

Eritrea Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Eritrean authorities before posting:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Books and magazines
  • Cassettes
  • Cologne and perfume
  • Compact disc
  • Computer components and parts
  • Cosmetics
  • Drugs, prescription and non-perscription
  • Electronic equipment
  • Films: entertainment
  • Foodstuffs
  • Grain samples
  • Industrial equipment
  • Laser disc’s
  • Parts, machine and electric
  • Personal effects
  • Phones and modems
  • Radios or parts thereof
  • Shoes
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Televisions and television equipment
  • Video tapes
  • Weapons and weapon parts.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation

A certificate of fumigation must accompany all used clothing. The articles must be marked fumigated.

Australian Customs require an EDN (export declaration number) for ECI / EPI parcel items going to Eritrea. In addition to this, please ensure that all receiver details are completed correctly.

Please contact the Express call-centre on 1800 007 678 for more information.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Eritrea prohibits:

  • Asbestos
  • Animals
  • Bullion and currency
  • Dangerous goods, haz. Or comb. Mats.
  • Items contrary to the political, social or economic order of the State
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery
  • Pornography
  • Precious stones and metals.

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