Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens DO NOT TRAVEL due to armed conflict, civil unrest, crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. On April 22, 2023, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum suspended its operations, and the Department of State ordered the departure of U.S. direct hire employees and eligible family members from Embassy Khartoum due to the continued threat of armed conflict in Sudan. The U.S. government cannot provide routine or emergency consular services to U.S. citizens in Sudan, due to the current security situation. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 2 blank pages in their passport for any entry stamp and or visa that will be required. A visa is required. US citizens will need to get in touch with the country’s embassy or nearest consulate to obtain a visa prior to visiting the country.

US Embassy/Consulate

[249] (187)-0-(22000); US Embassy in Khartoum, PO Box 699, Kilo 10, Soba, Khartoum, Sudan;;

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad. Laws and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel. Legal protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Approximately seventy countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Local numbers only


An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required for travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission or cholera and for travelers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission or cholera. See WHO recommendations.


Hot and dry; arid desert; rainy season varies by region (April to November)

Currency (Code)

Sudanese pounds (SDG)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, D

Plug Type CPlug Type D

Major Languages

Arabic, English, Nubian, Ta Bedawie, Fur

Major Religions

Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority

Time Difference

UTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Gebel Barkal & Napata; Archaeological Sites of the “Island of Meroe”; Sanganeb Marine National Park & Dungonalo Bay on Mukkawar Island

Major Sports

Soccer, basketball, track and field

Cultural Practices

It is considered rude to not remove one's shoes before entering a household.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is not customary.


Ebony carved items, basketwork, tribal art, gold and silver jewelry, spices

Traditional Cuisine

Ful Medames — a vegetarian dish typically made with fava beans and served with toppings such as tomatoes, greens, feta, red onions, hard-boiled eggs, or shata (hot sauce)

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, May 03, 2023