Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Khartoum

Location: Sudanese Armed Forces Headquarters in Khartoum; Khartoum 2; the bridges in the Khartoum metropolitan area; metropolitan Khartoum (Khartoum, Omdurman, and Khartoum North) and other cities and locations across Sudan.

Event:  Opposition groups have called for increased participation in the on-going demonstration at Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) Headquarters.  In addition to increased participation at SAF Headquarters, spontaneous protests could occur throughout Khartoum and security forces may react without warning.

All U.S. Government personnel are required to conduct all movements in armored vehicles and only with prior approval from Embassy security.  On April 11, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees.

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy will be open for routine business on Thursday, April 25, 2019 and closed on Sunday and Monday, April 28 and 29, 2019 for Eastern Rites Easter and Sham Al Naseem holidays.

Although the protests have been peaceful since April 11, and the military have allowed the demonstrations to continue without interference, there is always the possibility that this could change. Security forces have enhanced authority to detain and arrest anybody they deem to be undermining public order.  Arbitrary detentions, including of foreigners, could occur.  The Sudanese government does not recognize dual citizenship and is likely to consider U.S.-Sudanese dual citizens as Sudanese citizens only.

 Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.