Sudan Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Mar 27, 2003
This Travel Warning is being issued to remind Americans of continued
concerns about the security situation in Sudan. This supersedes the Travel
Warning of July 9, 2002.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Sudan. In
addition to the ongoing civil war that affects both southern and eastern
Sudan, there is also fighting in Darfur province around the Jebel Mara area.
Sporadic fighting has continued between Sudanese government forces, the
Sudan Peoples' Liberation Army (SPLA), and various militias in the southern
part of the country. Threats have been made against foreigners working in
the oil industry in Upper Nile province. The areas around Kassala and
southern Blue Nile province remain affected by the civil war. The ceasefire
in the Nuba Mountains has generally been respected. At least one American
relief worker has been beaten and falsely accused of espionage. Other
Americans have been held hostage. Travel into opposition-held areas of
Sudan requires a specific travel permit from the SPLA or other rebel
movements controlling the territory.
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
There are no consular officers resident in Sudan. Although a U.S. consular
officer makes periodic visits to Sudan, the officer's ability to provide
consular services, including emergency assistance, is severely limited.
Information describing when the consular officer will be in Sudan, as well
as the services available for Americans, can be found on the web site of the
U.S. Embassy in Cairo: http://www.usembassy.egnet.net/sudan.htm.
U.S. citizens who remain in or travel to Sudan despite this warning are
encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum and to obtain
updated information on travel and security in Sudan. The Embassy is located
at Sharia Ali Abdul Latif, Khartoum. The mailing address is P.O. Box 699,
Khartoum. The telephone number is (249)11-774-701 (011-774-701 inside
fax (249)11-774-137 (011-774-137 inside Sudan). The U.S. consular officer
can also be contacted by email at: [email protected] and
[email protected] When not in Sudan, the U.S. consular officer can
be reached at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, telephone number (20)2-797-2098.
The workweek in Khartoum and Cairo is Sunday through Thursday.
Further information on Sudan may be found in the Department of State's
Consular Information Sheet for Sudan, the East Africa Public Announcement,
and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, all on the Internet at
http://travel.state.gov. Updates to security conditions may be obtained by
1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, and 317-472-2328 from