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Sudan Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Aug 04, 2005

This Travel Warning is being re-issued to provide updated information on the security situation in Sudan, warn American citizens against all travel to Sudan, and remind them of continued terrorist threats aimed at Western and U.S. interests. This supersedes the Travel Warning of December 14, 2004.

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Sudan. Although the two parties to the long-running civil war have signed a peace accord to end the war, travel in the south is still dangerous, especially with the death of Vice President John Garang on July 30. There have been sporadic riots in Khartoum and increased violence in South Sudan. In addition, there is fighting in Darfur and a serious humanitarian crisis continues throughout western Sudan. Some violence has also been noted in the eastern areas bordering Eritrea.

As noted in previous Travel Warnings for Sudan, the U.S. Government has received indications of terrorist threats aimed at American and Western interests in Sudan. Terrorist actions may include suicide operations, bombings, or kidnappings. U.S. citizens should be aware of the risk of indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets in public places, which include tourist sites and locations where westerners are known to congregate, and commercial operations associated with U.S. or Western interests. As physical security remains high at official facilities, terrorists may turn towards softer targets, such as residential compounds.

Sporadic fighting instigated by militias often is reported in the southern parts of the country. Travel outside of the capital city of Khartoum is potentially dangerous. Threats have been made against foreigners working in the oil industry in Upper Nile province. Travel into southern Sudan requires a visa and a specific travel permit. As a result of violence and banditry, the United Nations has declared many parts of Darfur "No-Go" areas for UN personnel. Due to the potential for banditry and general lawlessness in rural areas, land travel at night should be avoided. The U.S. Government is seriously concerned about aviation safety throughout Sudan.

There have been demonstrations in Khartoum against United States foreign policy. In some instances, demonstrators have thrown rocks at the U.S. Embassy and Westerners. Americans should avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

The U.S. Embassy's ability to provide consular services, including emergency assistance, is severely limited. Information on services available for American citizens can be found on the web site of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo at http://www.usembassy.egnet.net/sudan.htm.

U.S. citizens who remain in or travel to Sudan despite this Warning are urged to register their presence via the Internet at the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also visit the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum to register and to obtain updated information on travel and security in Sudan. The Embassy in Sudan is located at Sharia Ali Abdul Latif, Khartoum. The mailing address is P.O. Box 699, Khartoum, Sudan. The telephone number is (249) 183-774-701 (0183-774-701 inside Sudan); fax (249) 183-774-137 (0183-774-137 inside Sudan). The after-hours emergency number is (249) 183-774-705 (0183-444-705 inside Sudan). The workweek in Khartoum is Sunday through Thursday.

American travelers to southern Sudan are also urged to register via the Internet with U.S Embassy Khartoum, or directly with the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. The Embassy in Kenya is located on United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya; telephone (254)(20) 363-6000; fax (254)(20) 363-6410. The after-hours number for the Embassy duty officer is (254)(20) 363-6170. The Embassy's international mailing address is P.O. Box 606 Village Market, 00621 Nairobi, Kenya. Mail with U.S. domestic postage may be sent to the Embassy at Unit 64100, APO AE 09831.

Additional information on Sudan may be found in the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Sudan and the East Africa Public Announcement, both on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. Updates to security conditions may be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or 202-501-4444 from all other countries.

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