Sudan Entry Requirements - Required Travel Documents for Travel to Sudan
Visitors to Sudan must have a valid passport and apply for a visa in
advance. The only U.S. citizens who may apply for a visa on arrival are
those who carry Sudanese national identification documents or those
with a Sudanese sponsor who has applied on their behalf for an entry
permit. Travelers who have entry or exit stamps from the state of
Israel should be aware that the Sudanese government may deny them
Exit visas and a departure tax are required in
order to leave Sudan. Airfares usually include the tax, but otherwise
travelers must be prepared to pay when they leave. If you overstay the
period permitted by your visa, you may not be able to obtain an exit
Sudanese authorities usually require children of Sudanese citizens and
spouses of Sudanese citizens to have permission from their parent or
spouse. Children under the age of 18 who are Sudanese citizens or
U.S./Sudanese dual nationals must have permission from their father
before leaving the country.
Within three days of their arrival, all visitors must register with the
Sudanese Ministry of the Interior. Travel permits are required for any
visitor traveling more than 25 miles from Khartoum, regardless of the
purpose of their travel - these permits are available from the Ministry
of Humanitarian Affairs. Upon arriving at your destination outside
Khartoum, you must register once again with the local police. A
separate and specific permit is necessary in order to visit Darfur.
Sudanese officials maintain travel regulations very strictly, and
travelers should be prepared for delays or detention even when they
have the correct permits.
In the past, Sudan has imposed bans on the importation of animals, and
travelers should check regulations before traveling in case new bans
Travelers must have permits from the Ministry of the Interior in order
to take photographs in Sudan, and cameras or recording devices may
still be confiscated. When entering the country, visitors should be
prepared to have their belongings searched by Sudanese customs
officials. Any items considered inappropriate may be confiscated, and
travelers who have belongings confiscated may be detained by the
Although the regulation has not been strictly enforced, Sudanese law
officially requires a negative HIV test in order to obtain a visa.
For the most current details about entry requirements, travel restrictions, and custom guidelines, travelers should contact the Embassy of Sudan
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