Alert: Security Update


The Embassy has received no new reports of violence and has received no new reports of injured, arrested, or deceased American citizens from the night of October 29/30.  The Embassy requests that any reports of injuries, deaths, or arrests of American citizens be communicated immediately to or through other contact methods listed below.

Large demonstrations are planned in Khartoum and across the country today, beginning around 11:00 a.m.  Although the protesters are signaling an intent to engage in non-violent civil disobedience, the likelihood of violence remains high.  American citizens are strongly advised to shelter in place.  Movement in and around Khartoum will be extremely restricted today.  The Embassy has received unverified reports that bridges around the city are being blocked by the military with the possible exception of the al-Halfaya and Soba bridges.  Military checkpoints remain in place and protesters continue to form their own roadblocks in and around Khartoum.  Telephone and internet networks have been taken down overnight. The only known working public communication network is satellite-based internet Salanco. As of Thursday, the Maxnet satellite network has been nonfunctional.

The Embassy has received no verified reports of air travel running throughout the day and would strongly advise against travelling to the airport on the 30th.  An unverified number of American citizens departed from the airport yesterday.  Ensuring the availability of future air travel remains a priority of the U.S. Embassy.  The road connecting Egypt and Sudan is reportedly still blocked by protesters and the road to Port Sudan is reportedly still blocked.

Actions to Take:

  • Shelter in place to the extent possible.
  • Do not to travel to the airport without 1) direct confirmation of a reserved flight, 2) a reasonable expectation of safe and secure passage to the airport, and 3) confirmation from the U.S. Embassy that flights are in fact departing from the airport.
  • Do not come to the Embassy as all in-person services are suspended.
  • If you plan to travel, please obtain the appropriate COVID-19 test required by your destination.
  • Monitor local media for updates.