March 28, 2020
Event: The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19 and in countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States,
Update: The U.S. Mission to Sudan received confirmation of a special Ethiopian Airlines flight for U.S. citizens departing Khartoum to Washington DC or Toronto, Canada via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the morning of Monday, March 30, 2020. Seats are still available. This flight is NOT U.S. government operated or funded. The cost of this one-way ticket is USD 3,840. Travelers will be required to pay out-of-pocket for all costs. Availability of seats, pricing, and boarding is controlled by Ethiopian Airlines. U.S. citizens must contact the Khartoum branch of Ethiopian Airlines to arrange ticketing and payment. All payment is due at time of booking and must be paid in cash, in US dollars. Please bring your valid U.S. passport to the branch for ticketing. The fare must be paid before 13:00 on Sunday, March 29. We will announce flight details as soon as they are available.
If you have not done so already, please email the name, date of birth, passport number, and passport date of expiration, for all those planning to board this flight to KHRTCovidDepart2020@state.gov.
We have received the following details directly from Ethiopian Airlines:
- Payment: US dollars, cash only (credit card is not accepted)
- Total seats available for U.S. citizens: 34 (some seats still available)
- Ethiopian Airlines Khartoum Branch Address
- 7th Street, Amarat, Khartoum, Sudan
- +249 91 297 8658
- hours: 9:00-13:00
- Passengers will be informed of exact flight and check-in times at the time of reservation.
Please note that the number of seats for U.S. citizens is limited to 34. Ethiopian Airlines will assign these seats on a first-come-first-serve basis. Those wishing to travel on this flight must work directly with the Khartoum Branch of Ethiopian Airlines.
Passengers are responsible for all costs and travel arrangements for travel from Khartoum to their final destination.
To check current U.S. arrival procedures, including quarantine requirements, please refer to https://travel.state.gov/ and the COVID-19 page.
Please continue to monitor your e-mail for important COVID-19 and repatriation flight information.
The U.S. Embassy is monitoring the current situation in Sudan. The Embassy is aware of the hardship flight cancellations and border closures are creating for U.S. citizens who need to get to the United States. We are exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions. If you have not done so, please enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so the U.S. Embassy in Sudan can contact you with updated information and in an emergency.
While we are exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions, we strongly encourage you to continue to check-in with your airline and/or travel arranger frequently.
Due to the possibility of an extended disruption, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations for the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
Additional information, including the latest alerts and messages pertaining to Sudan may be found here https://sd.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/
Actions to Take:
· Monitor the Embassy’s website (https://sd.usembassy.gov/ ) for the most up-to-date information
· Follow the advice of the CDC and local health authorities that you can find at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
· Check with your airlines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
· Monitor the Department of State’s COVID-19 website at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html