Security Alert: Oct. 27 Update on the Security Situation in Sudan


The U.S. Embassy has received reports of sporadic protests in and around Khartoum and no new reports of violence.  Roadblocks have been erected by protesters and the military has set up several checkpoints around the area.  Movement in certain areas is severely restricted.  The Embassy has received reports that protesters are being arrested but has received no new reports of injuries or violent confrontations from the night of October 26/27.   The Embassy received new unverified reports since the October 26 security alert that 12 were killed and 100 injured on the night of October 25/26 in an encounter between protesters and the military.  No reports have been received to date of arrests, injuries, or deaths of American citizens.

American citizens are advised to shelter in place to the extent possible.  The Sudanese aviation authorities have previously announced the Khartoum International Airport would remain closed until the morning of October 30, 2021.  Subsequently, the aviation authorities reportedly announced that the airport would open 4 p.m. today, October 27.  This remains unverified.  American citizens are advised 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.  The embassy knows of no flights available, believes there is no reasonable expectation of safe and secure passage, and flights are not departing at the time of publishing of this alert.  Ensuring the availability of future air travel remains a priority for the U.S. Embassy.

Please do not come to the Embassy as all in-person services are suspended. Telephone networks are functioning intermittently while as of the evening of October 26, land-based internet networks have been restored in and around the area of Khartoum.

In the event of an emergency, please contact the international assistance line at +1-888-407-4747 or the U.S. domestic assistance line at +1-202-501-4444. U.S. Embassy Khartoum, Sudan can also be reached intermittently at +249 18 702 2000. American Citizen Services unit continues to monitor its email inbox at