Saturday, December 21, 2013

Republic of South Sudan: US Citizens Urged to Depart Immediately!

The US Department of State warns US citizens against all travel to the Republic of South Sudan and recommends that US citizens currently in South Sudan depart immediately. 

US citizens who choose to stay in South Sudan despite this warning should review their personal security situation and seriously reconsider their plans to remain. 

This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued on October 22, 2013, to reflect the current lack of security and risk of remaining in South Sudan. 

On December 17, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency US government personnel from South Sudan because of ongoing political and social unrest. The Embassy is also suspending normal operations until further notice and cannot provide routine consular services to US citizens in South Sudan. 

US citizens who choose to remain in South Sudan and seek routine consular services should contact the US embassies in Uganda, Ethiopia, or Kenya. US citizens requiring emergency assistance should contact the US Embassy by phone at 211-955-456-050 or by email at:

SouthSudanEmergencyUSC@state.gov

US citizens can obtain global updates from the US State Department by going to http://www.travel.state.gov or by contacting the US Department of State at:

southsudanemergencyusc@state.gov

Families and friends of US citizens in South Sudan can email southsudanemergencyusc@state.gov with as much of the following information as possible about US citizens in South Sudan: 
  • Full name 
  • Age, date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Current location and status in South Sudan
Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 0800 hours and 2000 hours EST Monday through Friday (except US federal holidays). 

For the full text of the Travel Waning see:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6234