South Sudan has reopened its land borders but all travellers should check restrictions in place from neighbouring countries.
If you’re fully vaccinated
If you’re fully vaccinated, you must present evidence of having completed a full course of a COVID-19 vaccinations with WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) upon arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are not required to have a negative PCR test certificate.
If you arrive in South Sudan with COVID-19 symptoms you will be given a rapid diagnostic test. This applies to fully vaccinated travellers and travellers with a negative PCR test certificate. A positive result will be taken as confirmed COVID-19, and case management and contact tracing protocols will be followed. Confirmed COVID-19 cases will be required to undergo a 10 day home isolation. Negative results will be confirmed using a PCR test. At present, no fees are charged.
Proof of vaccination status
You should bring a printed version of the UK’s proof of COVID-19vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
If you’re not fully vaccinated
If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must have a negative PCR test certificate showing you are free from COVID-19, issued no more than 72 hours in advance of your arrival time in South Sudan. A hard or soft copy of the PCR test certificate is required from a recognised laboratory from the country of origin. Children below the age of 5 years are not required to show proof of a negative PCR test certificate.
If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past 6 months
If you’re not fully vaccinated and cannot provide a negative test result because you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 6 months, you can enter South Sudan and are exempt from quarantine on arrival. You will need to show evidence of the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery from within the last 6 months. It is recommended that you bring this in hard copy. Children and young people
Children below the age of 5 years who are not fully vaccinated are not required to show proof of a negative PCR test certificate to enter South Sudan.
If you’re transiting through South Sudan
Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination.
Commercial flights are operating to and from South Sudan to some regional countries. There are no direct flights to the UK. You should check directly with airlines to confirm their flight schedules and any transit requirements. You should also consult Travel Advice pages for any requirements in your destination country or any country through which you are transiting, as requirements vary considerably.
Check your passport and travel documents before you travel
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into South Sudan.
You will need a visa to enter or travel through South Sudan as a visitor. You should contact the Embassy of South Sudan in London. Visa applications are available online.
Visas are valid for 1 month. If you wish to stay in South Sudan for longer than 1 month you’ll need to apply for an extension at the Ministry of Interior in Juba (although visas and visa extensions are currently not being issued due to coronavirus (COVID-19) measures now in place). You should also consider whether you require a work permit while in South Sudan. If in doubt you should contact the Ministry of Labour in Juba. You must register with the local police station if you’re in South Sudan for longer than 4 days.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Although the World Health Organisation doesn’t specify a certificate requirement, you’re required to provide a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever when you apply for your visa. You should also bring a hard copy of this certificate to present upon arrival into South Sudan.