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Sudan Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Nov 17, 2003

This Travel Warning is being issued to alert Americans to terrorist threats aimed at Western, including U.S., interests and remind them of continued concerns regarding the security situation in Sudan. This supersedes the Travel Warning of March 26, 2003.

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Sudan. Although the fighting resulting from the 20-year civil war has diminished greatly, the two parties have not signed a peace accord ending the war. The fighting affects southern, western and eastern 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 has continued between Sudanese government forces, the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Army (SPLA), and various militias in the southern part of the country. There is also reported violence in the Darfur and eastern areas. 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 demonstrations.

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 American citizens, 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 Sudan );

fax (249)11-774-137 (011-774-137 inside Sudan ). The U.S. consular officer can also be contacted by email at: and 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, and the East Africa Public Announcement, 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 United States, or 317-472-2328 from overseas.

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