Foreign travel advice

South Sudan

Important COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising British nationals against all non-essential international travel at this time. Existing advice for South Sudan remains in place:

The FCO advise against all travel to South Sudan.

If you choose to travel to South Sudan against FCO advice, exercise caution and vigilance at all times and avoid any travel during the hours of darkness. You should make sure you have comprehensive contingency plans that don’t rely on support from the Embassy, including a stock of essential supplies and up-to-date travel documents and visas. If you’re concerned about your safety, you should contact the FCO on +44 207 008 1500. Subscribe to email alerts for updates to this travel advice.

There is an official government curfew across South Sudan from 10pm to 6am in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. See Staying during coronavirus

Given the rapidly changing situation in South Sudan we are temporarily withdrawing a number of UK staff from our Embassy. The Embassy will continue to carry out essential work. Consular support is severely limited in South Sudan. The British Embassy in Juba does not have a consular section. If you are in South Sudan and need urgent help from the UK Government, contact the British High Commission in Nairobi.

There are regular reports of intercommunal violence in some areas of the country, as well as sporadic reports of fighting between armed groups. It is possible that such violence might increase following the formation of a new Transitional Government of National Unity. Serious criminality in Juba, particularly during the hours of darkness, is also a regular concern.

You should be vigilant of the local security situation, monitor the local media, and stay in a safe location. Most international organisations in South Sudan employ a security manager to monitor the situation and keep employees safe.

A ceasefire is currently in place, and has largely held since September 2018. But a deterioration in the security situation remains possible, and could be prompted by a number of factors including developments in the fragile economy, the ongoing peace process, or a more securitised response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

In the event of a serious deterioration in the security situation, similar to those of July 2016 and December 2013, routes into and out of South Sudan may be blocked, Juba airport may be closed or inaccessible, and flights may be suspended at short notice. Regional developments may also increase the unpredictability of infrastructure and transport, as happened in April 2019 when events in Sudan led to the temporary closure of South Sudan’s airspace.

The main road connecting Juba to Uganda is extremely dangerous, with regular reports of accidents and attacks on vehicles by armed groups. See Safety and Security. The border is in effect closed due to restrictions in place in the region in response to COVID-19.

Terrorist attacks in South Sudan can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.