Travel Anyone been to Sudan ??


Aug 9, 2006
Hi, My friend has just moved back home to khartoum, Sudan and has invited me over but im sooo scared. I looked it up and its on High Risk alert for tourists.

Has anyone here been there ?, as a western European tourist I would be very vulnerable so anyone got any advice.

At the moment Im only thinking about going, but due to the high risk Im not 100% sure.


Sep 5, 2007
[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]VISITING SUDAN[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]VISAS[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]All visitors to Sudan require a visa. Arab nationals can obtain a visa upon arrival, however all other nationalities must apply in advance. Visa fees vary; expect to pay at least $100. A letter of invitation is a prerequisite.[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]All visitors to Sudan must register with the Ministry of Interior within three days of arrival.[/FONT]
[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]Travel outside Khartoum is regulated by a series of travel permits. No permits are required if you are a United Nations staff member—an agreement known as the SOFA signed between the UN and the Government allow all UN staff to travel freely in Sudan with a valid UN ID card.[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]VACCINATION CARD[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]A valid yellow fever certificate is required, particularly, when leaving Sudan to visit a neighbouring country (e.g. Kenya or Egypt).[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]North Sudan is largely Muslim and operates Sharia Law and women should not wear revealing clothing, however non-muslim women are not expected to wear a veil or cover their heads. Southern Sudan is largely Christian; however, expatriates are still expected to dress modestly.[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]All photography requires a photographic permit, which can be obtained following an application to the External Information Centre at the Ministry of Information in Khartoum.[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]T[/FONT][FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]RAVELING AND DRIVING IN AND AROUND KHARTOUM[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]DRIVING IN KHARTOUM[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]The Sudanese drive on the right side of the road. A driver can drive in Sudan on a valid International Driving License for a maximum period of 3 months, after which the driver must apply for a Sudanese Driving License. To obtain a driving license go to the local police station for a test—the office should support this process. Women are allowed to drive in Sudan.[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]Many drivers on the roads do not have licenses or insurance. Many have never been officially taught to drive and break many driving rules, such as driving around a round-about in the wrong direction, driving into the on-coming lane at T-junctions and driving at over 100 km/hr on highways.[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]Only major roads in the north are asphalted with all other roads in poor condition and generally impassable during the rainy season (July to September). [/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]TRAVELING WITHIN KHARTOUM[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]Some expatriate staff purchase duty free cars, however, due to the growing number of expatriate staff, a second hand duty free car is a hard find. It is possible to import a duty free car during the first three months of a new contract, be sure to import a left-hand-drive car.[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]There are a number of taxis or [/FONT][FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]amjad[/FONT][FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif] that charge SD 1000 to most destinations in Khartoum. These taxis come in the form of 30-year-old yellow Toyota saloons or Daewoo micro-buses, that can be hailed from street corners. Negotiate the price prior to the journey to avoid confusion upon arrival at your destination.[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]LANGUAGE[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]English is not spoken in the North—taxi drivers, shop attendants, restaurant waiters, bank staff and nurses generally only speak Arabic. Learning a few important phrases is important (see Bibliography of Documents for an Arabic Phrase list). Asking an Arabic speaking colleague to write down directions to key places is also useful. In Southern Sudan, tribal languages are dominant. English is only spoken in the major towns.[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]CURRENCY AND BANKING[/FONT]

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]All financial transactions are made in the Sudanese Dinar (SD), which was introduced a few years ago to replace the Sudanese pound. The exchange rate as of May 2006 was roughly US$1 to 220SD. Despite replacing the Sudanese Pound with the Dinar, most people still verbally refer to the Dinar as the former pound and convert accordingly. The rate is 1SD to 10 Sudanese pounds.[/FONT]
[FONT=Franklin Gothic Book, sans-serif]Credit cards and travellers’ cheques are not accepted in Khartoum. It is not possible to obtain cash against credit cards at banks. Ensure that you have sufficient hard currency, preferably US Dollars, to cover expenses.[/FONT]


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