Foreign travel advice

Sudan

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.

To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.

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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

the whole of Sudan based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks

In addition and for security reasons the FCDO advises against all travel to:

  • the Darfur states
  • the Abyei Region
  • South Kordofan and Blue Nile states
  • the southern area of West Kordofan state that was previously part of South Kordofan, as shown on the map
  • within 50km of the border with South Sudan in White Nile and Sennar states
  • within 200km of the border with Libya

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • within 100km of the border with Egypt in areas west of the Nile Valley
  • within 20km of the border with Eritrea
  • within 20km of the border with Ethiopia
  • areas of North Kordofan and West Kordofan states south of the Kost-El Obeid-En Nahud road
  • the remainder of Sudan based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

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If you’re planning travel to Sudan, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

The Sudanese authorities have removed measures that were in place to limit the spread of coronavirus, see Coronavirus. However arrivals are still required to have proof of a negative test taken less than 72 hours before arrival, see Entry requirements.

The Embassy continues to carry out essential work including providing 24/7 consular assistance and support to British people in Sudan.

While the broader political and security situation in Sudan has stabilised since April 2019, you should continue to maintain a high level of vigilance across the country, avoid all protests and large gatherings, monitor developments closely and follow the instructions of local authorities and security services. See Political situation

Consular support is severely limited in parts of Sudan where the FCDO has existing advice against all travel and all but essential travel (as set out above). The British Embassy no longer registers British nationals in Sudan and the capacity of the British Embassy to help in times of crisis may be limited. You should consider your own travel arrangements carefully and make sure you have up-to-date travel documents and visas in case you need to leave at short notice. See this crisis guidance page for more information about the precautions you should take in the event of a crisis and the help and support the British Embassy can provide.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Sudan. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. See Terrorism

You will need a visa to visit Sudan. See Visas

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.