Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin and three-pin plugs are in use.

Language

Arabic and English are the official languages.

Money

The official currency is the Sudanese Pound (SDG), which is divided into 100 piastres. It is advisable to bring cash, preferably in US dollars, rather than rely on credit card facilities. Receipts should be kept after changing money at banks and bureaux de change. Banking hours are from Saturday to Thursday from 8.30am to, at least, 12pm.


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Health

A yellow fever certificate is required by those arriving from an infected country. Malaria is rife and malaria medication is recommended for travel to all parts of the country; dengue fever also occurs, so precautions against mosquito bites should be taken. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid and meningococcal disease. Water and food-borne diseases are common and travellers should purify drinking water and carry anti-diarrheal drugs.

Medical facilities in Khartoum are adequate for routine problems, but the war has resulted in a shortage of medicine and hospital equipment; visitors should ensure they have comprehensive medical insurance, which should include evacuation by air ambulance.

Safety

On the 11 April 2019 there was a coup d'etat in Sudan, with President Bashir being replaced by a military council. A civilian-led transitional government is now in place and the country is in a period of transition ahead of elections in 2023. The transitional government has brought a degree of calm across Sudan, though there have been protests, and further mass action cannot be ruled out. All visitors are advised to exercise caution, avoid all large protests or gatherings, and to follow the instructions of local authorities.

Local customs

Northern Sudan and Khartoum are predominantly Islamic, and religious customs and sensitivities should be respected, particularly with regard to dress and public conduct. Women, in particular, should wear loose fitting clothes that cover most of the body, although covering the head is unnecessary. Eating, drinking and smoking in public during the holy month of Ramadan should be avoided, as it is forbidden by Islam. Sharia law applies in Sudan. Travel outside of Khartoum may require a permit and visitors arriving in any town or city are required to register with the police. Photography permits are also required by anyone intending to take photographs while in the country; certain subjects are forbidden. Homosexuality is illegal. Visitors are advised to avoid political discussion and any kind of street protest.


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Duty free

The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Passengers over the age of 20 can bring in 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 450g of tocabbo; perfume for personal use; and a reasonable amount of gifts into the country duty-free. Alcohol is prohibited, as are goods from Israel.

Communications

The international dialling code for Sudan is +249, and the outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). Mobile-phone reception is excellent throughout the country; visitors can purchase local SIM cards for calls and mobile-phone data. Most midrange and top-end hotels have wifi.

Passport & Visa

Most nationalities require a visa for entry to Sudan. Visitors should be aware that if their passport contains evidence of a visit to Israel, a visa for Sudan will be refused, as will entry to the country even if in possession of a valid visa. Visitors who are travelling on a single entry visa will need an exit visa to leave the country, though this is not always enforced. Extensions of stays are possible and should be paid at the Ministry of Interior. All travellers need to register with the Aliens Department at the Ministry of Interior within three days of arrival in Sudan - hotels may do this automatically but it is worth checking. It is highly recommended that travellers' passports have at least six months' validity remaining after the intended date of departure from their travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Entry requirements

US nationals require a passport valid for six months and a visa for entry into Sudan. Visas on arrival can be obtained for a maximum of 60 days if travellers are in possession of an entry permit granted by the Sudanese Ministry of Interior.

UK nationals require a passport valid for six months and a visa for entry into Sudan. Visas can be obtained on arrival for a maximum of 60 days provided travellers have an entry permit granted by the Sudanese Ministry of Interior.

Canadians require a passport valid for six months and a visa for entry into Sudan. Visas can be obtained on arrival for a maximum of 60 days provided travellers have an entry permit granted by the Sudanese Ministry of Interior.

Australians require a passport valid for six months and a visa for entry into Sudan. Visas can be obtained on arrival for a maximum of 60 days provided travellers have an entry permit granted by the Sudanese Ministry of Interior.

South Africans require a passport valid for six months and a visa for entry into Sudan. Visas on arrival can be obtained for a maximum of 60 days provided travellers are in permission of an entry permit granted by the Sudanese Ministry of Interior.

Irish nationals require a passport valid for six months and a visa for entry into Sudan. Visas can be obtained on arrival for a maximum of 60 days provided travellers have an entry permit granted by the Sudanese Ministry of Interior.

New Zealand nationals require a passport valid for six months and a visa for entry into Sudan. Visas can be obtained on arrival for a maximum of 60 days provided travellers have an entry permit granted by the Sudanese Ministry of Interior.

Useful contacts

999 (Police)

Embassies / consulates in other countries

Embassy of Sudan, Washington, D.C., United States: +1 202 338 8565

Embassy in Sudan, London, United Kingdom: +44 20 7839 8080

Embassy of Sudan, Ottawa, Canada: +1 613 235 4000

Embassy of Sudan, Canberra, Australia (also responsible for New Zealand): +61 2 6290 2635

Embassy of the Republic of Sudan, Pretoria, South Africa: +021 342 4538

Embassy of Sudan, Dublin, Ireland: +353 1537 1441

Embassies / consulates in Sudan

Embassy of the United States, Khartoum, Sudan: +249 18 702 2000

British Embassy, Khartoum, Sudan: +249 156 775500

Embassy of Canada, Khartoum, Sudan: +249 156 550 500

Australian Embassy, Cairo, Egypt (also responsible for Sudan): +202 2770 6600

Embassy of South Africa, Khartoum, Sudan: +249 183 585 301

Irish Honorary Consulate, Khartoum, Sudan: +249 155 117 886

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