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Sudan Travel Information

The Basics

Time

Local time is GMT +2.

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.

Travel 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 Information

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.

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.

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.

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