According to the U.S. Department of State, the terrorist threat level throughout Sudan, particularly in the Darfur region, remains critical. A travel warning for Sudan continues due to threats of violent crime, including kidnappings, armed robberies, home invasions and carjackings in the region. The U.S. Department of State urges travelers to exercise caution while driving and to ensure that passports and Sudanese visas are valid. Additionally, travelers should avoid all public demonstrations and political rallies.
In the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan States, including Abyei, immediate dangers are present for travelers. Americans found in these areas without permission from the government of Sudan face the possibility of detention by government security. The ability of the U.S. Embassy to assist American citizens is limited and dependent on security conditions.
The Department of State recommends travelers regularly check updates on the U.S. Embassy website. Travelers can enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to stay up-to-date with country-specific information. Enrolling in STEP also allows travelers to be contacted in emergency situations.
In the event of an emergency involving a U.S. citizen, contact the Embassy by calling 0187-022-000 (from inside Sudan) or 249 187-022-000 (from outside Sudan) and ask to be connected to the Embassy duty officer.
For more information regarding current travel warnings, visit the U.S. Department of State website.