Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy, Khartoum



Times and Dates:

October 21 in the afternoon

October 25 in the afternoon 


Widespread across Sudan

Areas of concern in Khartoum:

-The Presidential Palace

-Africa Road

-Jackson Square

Demonstrations are scheduled for October 21, and significant protest activity is expected to occur on the October 25 anniversary of the military takeover in Sudan.  This may include centralized or decentralized demonstrations, road blockages by protesters, and business closures.  Security forces may close bridges and erect checkpoints.  Unannounced protests and other acts of civil disobedience may continue to take place, in addition to larger organized protests.

The Department of State Sudan Travel Advisory remains at Level 4: Do Not Travel due to civil unrest.  Protest activity on Africa Road may impair access to the airport on either or both October 21 and 25.  The Embassy has restricted its staff to essential travel only on October 21 and staff will remain at their residences on October 25.  It has cautioned all employees that protests may also take place between those dates.  The Embassy has advised its employees to ensure they have cash, food and water in advance of restricted travel on October 21.  See below for additional actions to take.

On some previous planned protest dates, internet, cellular, and other communications services have been suspended.  In the past when communications capabilities were degraded, those within Sudan could usually receive international calls despite not being able to make or receive in-country calls.  Consider contacting friends and family outside of Sudan to keep you informed of any alerts from the U.S. Embassy or any other news developments.  Those outside of Sudan may enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates that can then be communicated by telephone to those inside the country.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Obtain groceries, cash, and medicine in advance of protests.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.