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Republic of South Sudan Travel Warning


June 12, 2014
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Republic of South Sudan. After review of our security conditions, the U.S. Department of State lifted the ordered departure status for the U.S. Embassy in Juba on June 12, 2014. However, as a result of continued instability and a poor security situation resulting from the civil conflict which erupted in the country in December 2013, the U.S. Embassy will continue operating at reduced staffing levels for the foreseeable future. The U.S. Embassy is therefore only able to offer very limited emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Republic of South Sudan. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued on April 23, 2014.

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi [Tel.: +(254) (20) 363-6451 or +(254) (20) 363-6170, e-mail:] is available to assist U.S. citizens in South Sudan who need assistance; in an emergency, contact the U.S. Embassy in Juba (Daytime: +(211) 912-105-188; After Hours: +(211) 912-105-107).

The South Sudanese government is currently engaged in an armed conflict with a rebel group led by the former vice president Riek Machar. The conflict began with an outbreak of violence in Juba in December 2013, and several states continue to experience active fighting. Instability persists across the country. Please note that the U.S. Embassy can provide only limited consular assistance to detainees in Juba, and consular assistance to detainees outside the capital may well be limited to over-the-phone contact. The U.S. Embassy is rarely informed in a timely manner of the arrest of U.S. citizens.

Health care in South Sudan is extremely limited and poor. U.S. citizens with medical conditions should not travel to South Sudan, and all travelers should ensure their travel to the country is covered by overseas medical insurance, including medical evacuation. Medical evacuation from South Sudan is very expensive, often costing tens of thousands of dollars or more.

The Government of South Sudan has limited capacity to deter crime or provide security to travelers anywhere in the country.

In addition to instability related to the current civil conflict, the risk of violent crime is high in Juba. The U.S. Embassy in Juba has imposed a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. in an effort to ensure the safety of its personnel. In addition to the curfew, the Embassy has implemented other measures to protect U.S. government personnel living and working in South Sudan. These include requiring personnel to travel in armored government vehicles at all times and to obtain advance permission for any travel outside of Juba. Due to security concerns, spouses and family members of U.S. government personnel are not permitted to reside in South Sudan.

If you are currently working on humanitarian relief or development efforts in Juba, or anywhere in South Sudan, you should take measures to reduce your exposure to violent crime, and should closely follow the security policies and procedures of your organization.

There are likely to be disruptions or long delays in services provided by the Government of South Sudan, including health care and sanitation.

If you seek information about U.S. citizens services in South Sudan from the Directorate of Overseas Citizens Services in Washington, please email:

The Department of State urges those U.S. citizens who decide to travel to or remain in South Sudan despite this Travel Warning to provide their current contact information and next-of-kin information through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

For information on "What the Department of State Can and Can't Do in a Crisis," please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs Emergencies and Crises page. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

For further information, U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's Country Specific Information for South Sudan. Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.

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