The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum suspended its operations (to include visa, passport and other routine consular services) on April 22, 2023.
There are options to depart Sudan, but you must decide the safest and best method of departure for yourself and your family. We cannot guarantee your safety in movement. Even though there have been ceasefire agreements, the duration they hold is unpredictable. The security situation throughout Sudan continues to be violent and unpredictable due to ongoing armed conflict, with active fighting in country and uncertain safety conditions. There have been reports of individuals being robbed including of their U.S. passports. We recommend carefully considering routes and the risks of travel, because roads may be crowded, exposed to combat operations, or have deteriorated infrastructure due to damage to bridges, roads, and facilities. The United States government advises that travel is at your own risk.
We understand border crossings into neighboring countries are possible. Wait times at crossing points could vary widely and change quickly. The time frame to arrive at the land border also varies based on your geographic location, infrastructure conditions, and which border you wish to cross.
Several convoys have successfully made their way to Port Sudan from Khartoum. This is approximately a 15-hour journey. Once in Port Sudan, efforts are underway to ferry individuals to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. U.S. consular officers stand ready to provide appropriate consular assistance to U.S. citizens upon arrival in Jeddah. If you have a lost, stolen, mutilated, or expired U.S. passport this may be the best option to consider for departure. We can provide emergency passport services at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah.
Land Borders with Egypt and Ethiopia
Individuals have made the longer journey to travel into Egypt or Ethiopia from Khartoum. The Egyptian and Ethiopian governments have stated they will relax their entry requirements for U.S. citizens to cross these land borders. You may need a valid passport to cross the land border.
In addition to your U.S. Passport you should bring the following items:
- Identity documents in case your U.S. passport is lost/stolen
- Extra fuel if you are driving
- Necessary medicines and other essentials
Once you arrive in a safe location, please respond to the Department email you received after completing the registration form. Please also contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need further assistance returning to the United States.
Actions to take:
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Review Department of State’s Travel Advisory for Sudan and the most recent Security Alerts.
- U.S. citizens in Sudan who need assistance should contact the closest U.S. embassy or consulate.
- Sudan Country Information
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive security updates
- Follow us on Facebookand Twitter
- If traveling to Egypt, apply online ahead of time for an Egypt e-visa