Getting around South Sudan


Internal flights are the easiest way to get around South Sudan, but note that certain carriers, including Kush Air ( and South Supreme Airlines, are banned in the EU.

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Road quality

Asphalted roads are effectively non-existent outside Juba. Road conditions are poor outside towns, roads to the north are often closed during the rainy season (July to September), and street lights are non-existent. Owing to the bad conditions, you should carry a full set of spare parts for long journeys. Vehicles must be in good working condition.

Car hire

Available in Juba.


Urban taxis in Juba are plentiful, along with motorbike taxis. Road safety is not always a primary concern of drivers. Taxis are not metered; fares must be agreed in advance.


Rough and ready minibuses connect Juba to towns in the south. During the May-December rainy season, roads can become impassable and certain destinations (such as Wau) are only accessible by air.


The minimum driving age is 18. Speed limits are 130kph (81mph) on motorways, 110kph (68mph) on highways, 90kph (56mph) outside built-up areas and 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas. Heavy fines are imposed for speeding. It is compulsory for front and rear passengers to wear seat belts. It is illegal to use a handheld mobile telephone while driving. Headlights should be turned on at all times.


A Carnet de Passage, adequate finance and roadworthiness certificate (from the embassy) are all needed. An International Driving Permit is recommended, although not legally required.