Reconsider travel to Sudan due to COVID-19, natural disaster, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Sudan due to COVID-19.
Sudan has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including private and international schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Sudan. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Sudan.
On September 5, the Sudanese government declared a national State of Emergency due to flooding which affected 17 out of 18 of Sudan’s states, including Khartoum. Roads and other infrastructure may be affected; check conditions before traveling.
Crime, such as kidnapping, armed robbery, home invasion, and carjacking can occur. This type of crime is more frequent outside of Khartoum.
Members of known terrorist groups and individuals sympathetic to these groups in Sudan could attack with little or no warning, targeting foreign and local government facilities and areas frequented by Westerners.
Demonstrations can occur with no warning. The majority of recent demonstrations in Khartoum have been peaceful. However, police and other security forces may intervene to disperse demonstrators, including with the use of tear gas, when protests occur near key governmental locations and/or impair freedom of movement.
Violence continues along the border between Chad and Sudan and areas near the border with South Sudan (including the disputed Abyei area). Armed opposition groups are active in Central Darfur state. Intercommunal clashes can occur throughout the country and can result in the declaration of localized States of Emergency.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Khartoum, as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization from the Sudanese government to travel outside Khartoum. The U.S. Embassy requires U.S. government personnel in Sudan to use armored vehicles for official travel.
Read the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Sudan:
Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to information on terrorism, civil unrest, COVID-19, natural disaster, and armed conflict.