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

The ceasefire signed on 9 May 2014 appears to have led to a reduction in large scale fighting. However, there are continuing reports of sporadic fighting in parts of South Sudan, particularly in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States.

On 20-27 July 2014, there was heavy fighting in and around Nasir town in Upper Nile State. In early August, at least 5 humanitarian workers in Maban County (Upper Nile State) were killed by local militia. There has been a recent rise of crime in Juba, including carjacking and theft. The security situation remains fragile.

The FCO’s ability to provide consular assistance is limited by security constraints and reduced staffing of the Embassy. It will be difficult for the British government to provide consular assistance in the event of a further deterioration in the security situation. Our ability to provide assistance outside Juba is severely limited. If you’re concerned about your safety, you should contact the FCO on +44 207 008 1500.

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. An official government curfew remains in place in Juba between 11pm and 6am and in some other towns. However, British Embassy staff observe a self-imposed curfew from 9pm to 6am. You should do the same. If you’re outside Juba, you should exercise your own judgment, based on your knowledge of the local situation.

Commercial flights are operating from Juba airport. However, in the event of a deterioration in the security situation, routes in and out may be blocked, the airport closed or inaccessible, and flights suspended at short notice.

We are aware of the following commercial flight options operating out of Juba:

  • Fly Dubai to Dubai
  • Air Uganda to Entebbe
  • Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa
  • Rwanda Air to Kigali and Entebbe
  • Egyptair to Cairo
  • Kenya Air to Nairobi

Regular updates will be posted in this travel advice, and on the UK in South Sudan Facebook page and twitter channel.

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. Make sure you have comprehensive contingency plans including a stock of essential supplies and up-to-date travel documents and visas.

There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.