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Sudan Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

1,861,484 sq km (718,723 sq miles).

Population

34,847,910 (2013).

Population density

18.7 per sq km.

Capital

Khartoum.

Government

Federal Republic. Gained independence from Egypt and the UK in 1956.

Head of state

President Omar al-Bashir since 1989.

Head of government

President Omar al-Bashir since 1989.

Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two- and three-pin plugs are used.

Travel Warning: Due to sporadic demonstrations that occur throughout the country, the Foreign Office in the UK advises against all travel to Darfur, and all but essential travel to specific other areas of the country.

Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, is situated at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles. Among the tourist attractions here are the Omdurman camel market, the Arab souk and the National Museum. The main areas of archaeological interest are along the Nile, including the famous pyramids at Meroe.

The Red Sea, with the transparency of its water, the variety of its fish and the charm of its marine gardens and coral reefs, is one of Sudan's main attractions.

Sudan is bordered by Egypt, the Red Sea, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, the Central African Republic, Chad and Libya – and the newly independent South Sudan. Sudan has only recently been developed as a tourist destination, and communications and facilities are still limited outside Khartoum. Travel restrictions are also in force in parts of the country owing to civil conflict. The ongoing fighting and resulting humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region has, for obvious reasons, has negatively impacted upon the recent attempt to kickstart touristic growth in the country.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 19 December 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the following parts of Sudan: Darfur, the Red Sea State border with Eritrea; the Abyei region; Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states; areas of Northern Kordofan and White Nile states south of the Kosti-El Obeid-En Nahud road.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the following parts of Sudan: areas west of the towns of En-Nahud in North Kordofan up to the Darfur border. See Local travel

There is a general threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

Please check with contacts and local media for reports of protests and avoid them where possible.

You should avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings of people.

The British Embassy no longer registers British nationals in Sudan and the capacity of the British Embassy to help in times of crisis may be limited. You should consider your own travel arrangements carefully and make sure you have up-to-date travel documents and visas in case you need to leave at short notice. In case of a crisis this page outlines the precautions you should take and the help and support the British Embassy can provide.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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