Foreign travel advice
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to South Sudan.
The security situation in Juba has deteriorated since 7 July 2016, with fighting breaking out across the city. A ceasefire has been in place since the evening of 11 July and is currently holding in Juba. However, the security situation remains unstable. The FCO continue to advise against all travel to South Sudan. If you have no pressing need to remain, you should leave if it’s safe to do so.
Juba Airport has reopened and some commercial flights are operating. You should check flight schedules with airlines before travelling to the airport. Timings are subject to change at short notice.
British Embassy staff have been on lock down and have reduced to only essential staff in the country. The Embassy’s ability to offer consular assistance is therefore severely limited. If you choose to remain in South Sudan you should monitor this travel advice, subscribe to email alerts for updates and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Peace Agreement signed in August 2015 has led to a reduction in large scale fighting compared to at the start of the conflict. However, the wider security situation remains fragile. In February 2016, 2 humanitarian workers, along with a number of civilians, were killed during fighting at a UN Camp in Malakal. This takes the estimated number of humanitarians killed since December 2013 to around 50.
There has been a rise in crime in Juba, including carjacking and theft. A British national was killed on a NGO compound in February 2015.
There are credible reports of border incursions and engagements intermittently along the length of the Sudan-South Sudan border. In April 2016 Ethiopia announced that it had sent troops across the border in to South Sudan to search for more than 100 abducted children. In the event of a serious deterioration in the security situation similar to that of December 2013, routes in and out may be blocked, the airport closed or inaccessible, and flights suspended at short notice.
If you choose to remain in the country, you should be vigiliant of the local security situation, monitor the media and stay in a safe location. There is no official government curfew in Juba. However, British Embassy staff usually observe a self-imposed curfew, the timing of which changes in response to the situation. Other international organisations also operate similar practices.
The FCO’s ability to provide consular assistance is limited by security constraints and staffing at the Embassy. We have almost no ability to provide assistance outside Juba. It will be difficult for the British government to provide consular assistance in the event of a further deterioration in the security situation. If you’re concerned about your safety, you should contact the FCO on +44 207 008 1500.
Before considering any travel to South Sudan you should read this travel advice carefully, keep up to date with the latest security situation and subscribe to e-mail alerts for updates to this travel advice. Any updates to this travel advice will be posted on the UK in South Sudan Facebook page and twitter channel. Make sure you have comprehensive contingency plans including a stock of essential supplies and up-to-date travel documents and visas.
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