COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: November 9, 2021

Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Sudan has 39,940 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of October 23,
  • Effective August 18, 2021, and until further notice, the Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority requires all passenger arriving from North/South America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand to possess a certified negative polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test certificate dated within 96 hours of arrival. Persons 8 years old and younger are exempt.
  • Effective August 18, 2021, the Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority requires all passengers, except as noted above, to possess a certified negative polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test certificate dated within 72 hours of arrival. Persons 8 years old and younger are exempt.
  • Sudan can conduct COVID-19 tests domestically.

COVID-19 Testing

Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Sudan? Yes.

If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.

  • You may find the official updated list of accredited laboratories for COVID-19 testing, in Arabic, on the Federal Ministry of Health Facebook page.
  • You may find an unofficial English translation of accredited laboratories here.
  • The delivery method of test results may differ from laboratory to laboratory; however, most laboratories provide physical copies.  

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

Has the Government of Sudan approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.

Are vaccines available in Sudan for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.

  • Vaccines are available to all residents of Sudan who meet the current prioritization guidelines found on the Federal Ministry of Health’s website and Facebook page.
  • Which vaccines are available in Sudan?
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Pfizer
    • AstraZeneca
    • Sinopharm
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The Government of Sudan has announced vaccine availability.  You may monitor the Federal Ministry of Health’s website and Facebook page for more information.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Waivers 

CDC may grant a humanitarian or emergency exception in limited circumstances only when an individual must travel to the United States to preserve health and safety (e.g., emergency medical evacuations) and is unable to become fully vaccinated before travel.  Individuals who fit the exception criteria described in the Presidential Proclamation and CDC’s Order may send an e-mail to KhartoumCDCwaivers@state.gov including the information referenced under ‘How do I apply for a humanitarian or emergency exception to the requirement for noncitizen nonimmigrants to show a pre-departure proof of COVID-19 vaccination?’ on the CDC webpage.  We will then transmit this information to the CDC for consideration. 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.

  • Effective August 18, 2021, and until further notice, the Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority requires all passenger arriving from North/South America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand to possess a certified negative polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test certificate dated within 96 hours of arrival. Persons 8 years old and younger are exempt.
  • Effective August 18, 2021, the Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority requires all passengers, except as noted above, to possess a certified negative polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test certificate dated within 72 hours of arrival. Persons 8 years old and younger are exempt.
  • Please note that airlines and/or countries may require proof of a negative COVID-19 test certificate with QR code for both inbound and outbound passengers.  We encourage all passengers to check with their airline regarding testing and other requirements.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for U.S. citizens to exit Sudan? Yes.

  • All U.S. citizens departing Sudan are required to present a certified negative PCR test certificate from an accredited lab dated within 72 hours of departure.  Please reference above for a list of accredited labs.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.

  • The Government of Sudan may conduct temperature checks and other health screening measures.

Movement Restrictions

Is a curfew in place? No.

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

  • Interstate and intercity public transportation is largely unavailable.

Quarantine Information

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.

For suspected cases, the Ministry of Health has established isolation centers at the Khartoum and Omdurman Teaching Hospitals, Jebra Trauma Center, Universal Hospital in Khartoum North, and at formerly known Biruuwt Hospital in Port Sudan.

Transportation Options

Are commercial flights operating? Yes.

  • Limited international and domestic commercial flights are operating.

Is public transportation operating? No.

  • Both intercity public transportation and public transportation between cities and states is largely unavailable.

Consular Operations

  • The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum is providing limited emergency appointments for American Citizen Services, including passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs).  In the event of an emergency need to travel, U.S. citizens inside Sudan may e-mail ACSKhartoum@state.gov with their full name, nature of emergency, and requested service.  Those affected by internet outages may text the same information to +249 91 214 1483 to inquire about an emergency appointment.
  • Please reference the Visa webpage for current immigrant and nonimmigrant visa operating status.

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