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Cablegate: Travel Warning - Sudan

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SUBJECT: TRAVEL WARNING - SUDAN


1. This Travel Warning for Sudan alerts U.S. citizens to
the threat from armed conflicts and warns of continued
threats from terrorism in Sudan. This supersedes the
Travel Warning issued for Sudan on October 5, 2006.

2. The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens
against all travel to Sudan, particularly in the Darfur
area, where violence between government forces and various
armed militias continues. Americans and other westerners
have been victims of carjackings and armed robbery while
traveling in Sudan. Land travel at night should be
avoided.

3. Travelers are reminded that the U.S. Government has
received indications of terrorist threats aimed at
American and western interests in Sudan. Terrorist
actions may include suicide operations, bombings, or
kidnappings. U.S. citizens should be aware of the risk of
indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets in public
places, which include tourist sites and locations where
westerners are known to congregate, and commercial
operations associated with U.S. or western interests. As
physical security remains high at official facilities,
terrorists may turn towards softer targets, such as
residential compounds.

4. Travel outside of the capital city of Khartoum and the
adjacent town of Omdurman is potentially dangerous.
Sporadic fighting instigated by militias often is reported
in the southern parts of the country. Threats have been
made against foreigners working in the oil industry in
Upper Nile state.

5. Americans who must travel to Sudan despite this Travel
Warning must possess a valid passport with at least six
months of validity and a Sudanese visa. Travelers must
apply for a visa in their own country of residence. In
August 2006, five foreigners, including two Americans,
were arrested and detained in Darfur after entering Sudan
via the Chadian border town of Banal without the
appropriate documentation. Several of these individuals
had solicited and obtained escorts in Chad who allegedly
promised to facilitate entry into Sudan but who were
ultimately unable to follow through with their
commitments. Without appropriate travel documents and
permits, travelers may face arrest and detention for
crimes including illegal entry, publication of false
information, and espionage. If convicted, sentences range
from deportation to life in prison or the death penalty.

6. The Sudanese Government requires that anyone seeking to
enter the Darfur area, and some other areas, obtain a
special travel permit. This includes humanitarian
workers, journalists, photographers, and other media
employees. Separate additional permits are required to
take photographs, even for private use, and to conduct
journalism anywhere in Sudan. Additional information about
entry requirements for Sudan and other countries is
located on the State Department's Bureau of Consular
Affairs web site at http://travel.state.gov.

7. U.S. citizens are strongly urged to register with the
Embassy in Khartoum or through the State Department's
Travel Registration website,
https://travelregistration.state.gov. By registering,
American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to
contact them in case of emergency. The U.S. Embassy is
located at Sharia Ali Abdul Latif, Khartoum; tel. (249-
183) 774-701/2/3 (outside Sudan); tel. (0183) 774-701/2/3
(inside Sudan.) For after-hours emergencies, please call
249-183-774-705 and leave a message with Post One for the

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