Foreign travel advice

South Sudan

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to South Sudan.

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, there are continued reports of sporadic and sometimes heavy fighting across the country, including in areas that were previously peaceful such as western Equatoria and western Bahr El Ghazal. There are also credible reports of border incursions and engagements intermittently along the length of the Sudan-South Sudan border.

The return of First Vice President Dr Riek Machar to Juba on 26 April 2016 didn’t lead to disturbances or protests, but this remains a sensitive period. Some past demonstrations in Juba have turned violent. You should take extra care at this time.

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 of crime in Juba, including carjacking and theft. A British national was killed on a NGO compound in February 2015.

If you choose to remain in South Sudan you should remain alert to 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.

Commercial flights are operating from Juba airport on weekdays, but from 22 August 2015 to 30 April 2016 the airport will be closed every Saturday and Sunday for construction work and no departures (including for medical evacuation) will be possible. Make sure you have alternative plans in place.

In the event of a further deterioration in the security situation, routes in and out may be blocked, the airport closed or inaccessible, and flights suspended at short notice.

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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