Security Alert: Security Update Oct 28


The U.S. Embassy continues to receive reports of sporadic protests in and around Khartoum. Roadblocks continue to be erected by protesters and the military is maintaining several checkpoints around the city. Movement in parts of Khartoum is severely restricted. The Embassy has received reports that the road connecting Egypt and Sudan has been blockaded by protesters. The road to Port Sudan has also been blocked.

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 27/28. A sit-in is planned tonight around the country. A mass demonstration is planned for October 30. Both events are reportedly intended to be non-violent acts of civil disobedience.

Telephone and land-based internet networks are functioning intermittently. The satellite based Salanco and Manet networks are reportedly functional.

Air Travel:

The Embassy has verified that three flights have departed on October 28 through Badr Air and Tarco Air. The following commercial air flights are scheduled to depart on October 28 and 29. Confirmed flights are not guaranteed to depart:

BDR160 at 09:00 to Cairo (Oct. 29)

BDR6660 at 16:30 to Jeddah

BDR684 at 18:30 to Cairo

TQQ112 at 19:40 to Cairo

MSR856 at 19:30 to Cairo

ETH345 at 15:45 to Addis Ababa (not confirmed)

ETH343 at 03:30 (Oct. 29) to Addis Ababa (not confirmed)

Roads leading to the airport may not be safe. The Embassy has received reports of a general strike among airport workers, as well as many Sudanese pilots. These protests and internet outages hamper the commercial availability of flights. Crowds may develop at the airport as flights are made available. The flights listed above are not guaranteed to depart. Ensuring the availability of future air travel remains a priority for the U.S. Embassy.

Actions to Take:

  • Shelter in place to the extent possible.
  • Do 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.
  • Do not come to the Embassy as all in-person services are suspended.
  • If you plan to travel, please obtain the appropriate COVID-19 test required by your destination.
  • Monitor local media for updates.


  • 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