Security Alert – Update on Sudan (May 12, 2023)

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Location:  Sudan, Countrywide

Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum has suspended its operations.  Currently, there are no U.S. consular officers in Sudan.  The embassy is unable to provide routine or emergency services to U.S. citizens in Sudan.  Consular services are available in neighboring countries for those who choose to depart on their own.  The U.S. government will continue to provide information for U.S. citizens in Sudan, including exit options.

U.S. citizens in Sudan who need assistance should contact the closest U.S. embassy or consulate.  Information on possible options to depart Sudan on your own can be found below.

Port Sudan:  The U.S. government has completed all currently planned convoys to Port Sudan.  U.S. citizens should not go to the Hotel Coral in Port Sudan or the Fenti Golf in Khartoum.  The U.S. government is no longer present to assist U.S. citizens in these locations.  For individuals who travel to Port Sudan independently, there may be seats available on departing vessels.

Port Suakin:  Tickets may be available for purchase for passage on commercial ferries, including on the Aziz Express.  Any available tickets may be purchased in-person from the office of the Qartage ticketing agent offices in:  Suakin, Sudan; Port Sudan, Sudan; or Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  Passengers should go to the relevant port and look for the Qartage office.  The ticket agent office can be reached at +249 91-254-8526.  Tickets must be purchased in cash.

Land Border Crossings:  We understand that border crossings into neighboring countries, such as Egypt, may be possible.  If you are able to travel to a border crossing and believe it is safe to do so, please be aware that wait times and conditions at crossing points vary widely and could change quickly.  Immigration information and contact details for U.S. embassies are below.

Central African Republic No visa is required for U.S. citizens.  Review the Central African Republic Traveler Information page.  U.S. Embassy Bangui does not provide consular services at this time.  U.S. Embassy Bangui website.

Chad:  A visa is required for U.S. citizens in advance of arrival. Review the Chad Traveler Information page.  U.S. Embassy N’Djamena website.

Egypt:  U.S. citizens are eligible for visa on arrival at the port of entry.  This costs $25.  For most U.S. citizens, there is no visa requirement ahead of arriving at the land border. Please bring a valid U.S. passport and payment for the visa.  If traveling to Egypt, apply online ahead of time for an Egypt e-visa.  U.S. Embassy Cairo web site.

Eritrea:  A visa is required for U.S. citizens in advance of arrival.  Review the Eritrea Traveler Information page.   The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Eritrea, as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of Asmara.  U.S. Embassy Asmara website.

Ethiopia:  A visa is required for U.S. citizens ( Review the Ethiopia Traveler Information page.  U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa website.

South Sudan:  A visa is required for U.S. citizens in advance of arrival.  Review the South Sudan Traveler Information page.  U.S. Embassy Juba website.

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