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South Sudan travel restrictions

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: yes Open for tourism: no Quarantine: no
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Open for travel from South Sudan
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  • There are currently no entry restrictions relating to Covid-19.
Flight Restrictions

Published on 27.10.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers arriving on direct flights must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before arrival and the certificate must be in Arabic or English.
– This does not apply to foreign nationals of South Sudan origin.

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Quarantine

Published on 27.10.2020

Home/self isolation
Passengers are subject to quarantine or self-isolation for 14 days.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

To enter South Sudan, you must have a certificate showing you are free from coronavirus, issued no more than 48 hours ahead of your journey, and endorsed by a reputable medical provider. You will also need prior permission to enter the country from the National Taskforce.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travellers aged 9
months or over.
WHO vaccination recommendation: yes

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country.
WHO recommended prevention: C

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Full Restrictions

  • South Sudan *****Internation Restrictions:
    A number of carriers have resumed flights to and from Juba, including Ethiopian Airlines, Kenyan Airways and Fly Dubai. South Sudan has reopened its land borders but in effect they remain closed due to restrictions in place from neighbouring countries. To enter South Sudan, you must have a certificate showing you are free from coronavirus, issued no more than 48 hours ahead of your journey, and endorsed by a reputable medical provider. You will also need prior permission to enter the country from the National Taskforce. Anyone entering the nation will be assigned to a 14-day quarantine.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

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    Internal restrictions:

    An official government curfew is in force across South Sudan from 10pm to 6am. There are also some restrictions on public transport and inter-state movements. Passengers are required to wear face masks. Hotels are open to the public. Shops, restaurants and businesses are open but subject to strict social distancing, which is not consistently observed. Public rallies are not allowed, schools are closed, and public gatherings for funerals are limited to a maximum of 50 people.

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    13.08.2020
  • South Sudan *****Internation Restrictions:
    There are no routine commercial flights in to or out of South Sudan. South Sudan has reopened its land borders but in effect they remain closed due to restrictions in place from neighbouring countries. To enter South Sudan, you must have a certificate showing you are free from coronavirus, issued no more than 48 hours ahead of your journey, and endorsed by a reputable medical provider. You will also need prior permission to enter the country from the National Taskforce.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

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    Internal restrictions:

    An official government curfew is in force across South Sudan from 10pm to 6am. There are also some restrictions on public transport and inter-state movements. Passengers are required to wear face masks. Hotels are open to the public. Shops, restaurants and businesses are open but subject to strict social distancing, which is not consistently observed. Public rallies are not allowed, schools are closed, and public gatherings for funerals are limited to a maximum of 50 people.

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    14.07.2020
  • South Sudan Authorities partially open Khartoum international airport to flights from Egypt, Turkey and UAE (Reuters, 09.07.2020). Government extends coronavirus lockdown in Khartoum state until 7 July (Reuters, 28.06.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    The airport in Khartoum remains closed to commercial flights through 12 July 2020, however there are some limited commercial flights. Authorities closed all airports, ports and land crossings, declaring a public health emergency. Humanitarian (although UNHAS operations are restricted), commercial and technical support shipments are excluded from the restrictions. All travellers entering Sudan are required to complete a medical form upon their arrival. All ports and land borders have been closed indefinitely. Airports are closed until further notice. Sudanese nationals may be repatriated; authorities have not clarified how. All arrivals must provide details of their original place of travel, transit and final destination, including the address of self-isolation and their contact details. The Sudanese Civil Aviation authorities require that you undergo a temperature check before entering the airport. Some airlines have strict rules on face coverings and gloves before you may board.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

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    Internal restrictions:

    Internal flights and all bus services between States have been suspended until further notice. The Sudanese authorities have imposed curfews throughout the country, enforced by the police and armed forces. You should check and observe the curfew times and conditions for the state in which you are located. An Emergency Order has been signed permitting police and armed forces to fine and imprison people who break curfew. In Khartoum State this means that: curfew hours are from 6pm to 5am; public and private events, including weddings, parties and other gatherings are banned; the bridges across the Nile are closed during curfew hours; universities, schools and kindergartens will remain closed; some public departments and institutions will begin a gradual return to work in line with health precautions. Core institutions including security agencies, hospitals and pharmacies, remain operational private companies, shops and stores may begin a gradual return to work in line with health precautions. Bakeries, supermarkets and haulage companies remain operational. The Sudanese authorities are strict in enforcing restrictions on movement within Khartoum state. You should comply with all local restrictions introduced by the Sudanese authorities. Some hotels remain open but may offer limited services. The majority of cafes and restaurants are closed as a result of the curfew. Many markets continue to operate during the break in the curfew for shopping. Mosques and other places of worship may be open to the public with social distancing and other preventive measures in place.

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    10.07.2020
  • South Sudan Government extends coronavirus lockdown in Khartoum state until 7 July (Reuters, 28.06.2020). Khartoum’s international airport to remain closed until 12 July (Reuters, 27.06.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    The airport in Khartoum remains closed to commercial flights through 12 July 2020, however there are some limited OUTBOUND commercial flights. Authorities closed all airports, ports and land crossings, declaring a public health emergency. Humanitarian (although UNHAS operations are restricted), commercial and technical support shipments are excluded from the restrictions. All travellers entering Sudan are required to complete a medical form upon their arrival. All ports and land borders have been closed indefinitely. Airports are closed until further notice. Sudanese nationals may be repatriated; authorities have not clarified how.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

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    Internal restrictions:

    Effective Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the Government of Sudan has moved to a 6:00pm to 6:00am curfew in Khartoum. This curfew will remain in effect until further notice. All persons are able to move freely, including across bridges, from 6:00am to 6:00pm local time. Public transportation will begin operating on July 8, 2020 in response to the loosened restrictions. From 6:00pm to 6:00am, movement, including across bridges, is restricted.

    Internal flights and all bus services between States have been suspended until further notice.

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    08.07.2020
  • South Sudan Khartoum’s international airport to remain closed until 12 July (Reuters, 27.06.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Authorities closed all airports, ports and land crossings, declaring a public health emergency. Humanitarian (although UNHAS operations are restricted), commercial and technical support shipments are excluded from the restrictions.
    All travellers entering Sudan are required to complete a medical form upon their arrival.
    All ports and land borders have been closed indefinitely. Airports are closed until further notice.
    Sudanese nationals may be repatriated; authorities have not clarified how.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Internal flights and all bus services between States have been suspended until further notice.
    The Sudanese authorities have imposed a 24/7 lockdown in Khartoum state, which remains in place. Curfews are in effect throughout the rest of the country, enforced by the police and armed forces. You should check the curfew times for the state in which you are located, and you must observe the lockdown and the curfew times. An Emergency Order has been signed permitting police and armed forces to fine and imprison people who break curfew.
    The lockdown in Khartoum State means that: everyone must remain at home. There are exemptions for emergency and essential workers; public and private gatherings are banned; the bridges across the Nile are closed; people may leave home between 6am and 3pm to shop for essential items in their neighbourhood; all public departments and institutions remain closed, except core institutions including security agencies, hospitals and pharmacies; all private companies, shops and stores are closed, except bakeries, supermarkets and haulage companies;
    The Sudanese authorities are strict in enforcing restrictions on movement within Khartoum state. You should only leave home in exceptional circumstances – for example going to supermarkets or pharmacies for essential items, or to access medical care.

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    27.06.2020
  • South Sudan Government extends full curfew in Khartoum state for two weeks (Xinhua, 02.06.2020). The Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority has announced the extension of the closure of Khartoum International Airport to air traffic until mid-June (WFP, 01.06.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Authorities closed all airports, ports and land crossings, declaring a public health emergency. Humanitarian (although UNHAS operations are restricted), commercial and technical support shipments are excluded from the restrictions.
    All travellers entering Sudan are required to complete a medical form upon their arrival.
    All ports and land borders have been closed indefinitely. Airports are closed until further notice.
    Sudanese nationals may be repatriated; authorities have not clarified how.

    Flights to Sudan are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian, medical and repatriation flights.

    Internal restrictions:

    A nightly curfew is in place from 18.00 to 06.00. All public and private passenger movement between cities and states are banned until further notice. In Khartoum state, residents will be permitted to leave their homes to purchase essential goods within their respective neighbourhoods. Grocery stores and pharmacies are expected to remain operational during the curfew. The 24-hour curfew in Khartoum state, including the capital Khartoum and Omdurman, is extended until at least 2 June. In North Darfur state, the authorities blocked all entrances and exits to the state capital El Fasher. In South Darfur state, similar restrictions have been put in place; all entrances and exits to the state have been blocked and a curfew is in place in the state’s capital Nyala from 18.00 to 06.00. Similar restrictions are in place in Al Qadarif and Red Sea states.

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    02.06.2020
  • South Sudan The Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority has announced the extension of the closure of Khartoum International Airport to air traffic until mid-June (WFP, 01.06.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Authorities closed all airports, ports and land crossings, declaring a public health emergency. Humanitarian (although UNHAS operations are restricted=, commercial and technical support shipments are excluded from the restrictions.
    All travellers entering Sudan are required to complete a medical form upon their arrival.
    All flights to and from China, Egypt, France, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Spain are suspended until further notice.
    All ports and land borders have been closed indefinitely. Airports are closed until further notice.
    Sudanese nationals may be repatriated; authorities have not clarified how.

    Internal restrictions:

    A nightly curfew is in place from 18.00 to 06.00. All public and private passenger movement between cities and states are banned until further notice. In Khartoum state, residents will be permitted to leave their homes to purchase essential goods within their respective neighbourhoods. Grocery stores and pharmacies are expected to remain operational during the curfew. The 24-hour curfew in Khartoum state, including the capital Khartoum and Omdurman, is extended until at least 2 June. In North Darfur state, the authorities blocked all entrances and exits to the state capital El Fasher. In South Darfur state, similar restrictions have been put in place; all entrances and exits to the state have been blocked and a curfew is in place in the state’s capital Nyala from 18.00 to 06.00. Similar restrictions are in place in Al Qadarif and Red Sea states.

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    01.06.2020
  • South Sudan Inbound international flights is allowed with medical certificate stating they have tested negative for COVID-19. Inbound passengers will have to self-isolate for 14 days. Land border crossings remain closed to private vehicles and passenger buses, though exceptions are made for emergency services, food deliveries, humanitarian aid and fuel tankers. UNHAS PAX Ops pax flights cancelled on 15 April. Air space in ROSS for domestic.

    Internal restrictions:

    A curfew is in place from 22.00 to 06.00. Outside curfew hours, bars, restaurants and shops are allowed to open, though with some restrictions including maintaining social distancing. Some public transport, including boda bodas, are also allowed to operate. Major gatherings, including sporting events, religious ceremonies, weddings and political rallies, are currently banned.

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    27.05.2020
  • South Sudan

    International restrictions:

    Authorities reopened Juba International Airport on 14 May and announced domestic and international flights can resume. Inbound travellers are required to have a medical certificate indicating a negative test for COVID-19 or self isolate for 14 days on arrival. Passengers must provide either evidence of precautionary 14 days quarantine, or a certified evidence of COVID-19 free status valid within two weeks of their arrival in South Sudan. UNHAS PAX Ops pax flights cancelled on 15 April. Air space in ROSS for domestic.

    Internal restrictions:

    A curfew is in place from 22.00 to 06.00. Outside curfew hours, bars, restaurants and shops are allowed to open, though with some restrictions including maintaining social distancing. Some public transport, including boda bodas, are also allowed to operate. Major gatherings, including sporting events, religious ceremonies, weddings and political rallies, are currently banned.

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    21.05.2020
  • South Sudan

    International restrictions:

    Authorities reopened Juba International Airport on 14 May and announced domestic and international flights can resume. Inbound travellers are required to have a medical certificate indicating a negative test for COVID-19 or self isolate for 14 days on arrival. Passengers must provide either evidence of precautionary 14 days quarantine, or a certified evidence of COVID-19 free status valid within two weeks of their arrival in South Sudan. UNHAS PAX Ops pax flights cancelled on 15 April. Air space in ROSS for domestic.

    Internal restrictions:

    A curfew is in place from 22.00 to 06.00. Outside curfew hours, bars, restaurants and shops are allowed to open, though with some restrictions including maintaining social distancing. Some public transport, including boda bodas, are also allowed to operate. Major gatherings, including sporting events, religious ceremonies, weddings and political rallies, are currently banned.

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    19.05.2020
  • South Sudan COVID-19 restrictions to loosen; internal travel by air, land and river allowed (NTV, 08.05.2020)

    Flights to South Sudan are suspended. UNHAS PAX Ops pax flights cancelled on 15 April.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian and evacuation flights with an approval from the High Level Task Force (HLTF) of South Sudan.

    Staff of foreign missions, UN and international organisations returning to their duty stations in ROSS will only be granted entry after producing evidence of precautionary 14 days quarantine or certified evidence of Covid-19 free status. Upon arrival, staff must submit to a 14 day quarantine period prior to engaging in their routine activities

    International restrictions:

    All international flights are suspended; Juba International airport is closed as well as all land crossings, effective 23.59 (local time) 23 March until further notice, except for cargo, emergency and relief flights.
    Travellers who entered prior to 24 March and have been to China in the past 14 days but who do not meet the definition of a COVID-19 suspect case or contact will have home-based self-monitoring with daily phone calls from public health officers, with the recommendations to remain at home, avoid large gatherings, and practice social distancing.

    Internal restrictions
    Domestic flights are suspended; public transit and travel between states – in both public and private vehicles – is suspended, with exemptions made for members of the National Task Force and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on emergency missions. Any other exceptions will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
    Major gatherings, including sporting events, religious ceremonies, weddings and political rallies, are currently banned. These restrictions are to remain in place until at least 29 April.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://ss.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-sudan]
    [https://www.covidchecker.com/en/]
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