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Key Points

  • The DOS has issued new travel information for US citizens in Sudan
  • US citizens may leave the country by land borders and waterways
  • Country-specific border crossing information is available on the DOS website
  • Additional guidance is available for US citizens leaving Sudan for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • US citizens should consult the DOS website and local news in Sudan for updates


In April 2023, the Department of State (DOS) closed the US Embassy in Khartoum. Until further notice, the embassy will suspend passport and visa services and routine consular services. However, the DOS is providing guidance for US citizens who are still in the country and wish to leave. The agency’s website has country-specific details for US citizens who are traveling across land borders from Sudan to the neighboring countries of Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan. The requirements for crossing borders vary by country, so US citizens should look at country-specific instructions on the DOS website before exiting Sudan.

Along with land border crossings, the DOS advises US citizens to leave Sudan by ferry. Organized convoys are available to bring individuals from Khartoum to Port Sudan, and commercial boats may be able to bring US citizens from Sudan to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. US consular officers are available to assist US citizens when they arrive in Jeddah.

Looking Ahead

Before leaving the country, US citizens should monitor local Sudanese news for updates and consult the DOS website for Sudan’s latest security alerts and travel advisories.

Written by: Lucy Halse, Content Marketing Associate, Envoy Global
Edited by: Frank Fogelbach, Supervising Attorney, Corporate Immigration Partners
Source: US Department of State

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