Sunday, January 5, 2014

South Sudan: US Department of State Urges All US Citizens to Leave, Depart Immediately

Effective January 3, 2014, 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. As a result of the deteriorating security situation, the Department of State ordered the departure of most remaining US government personnel from South Sudan on January 3, 2014. The US Embassy is therefore only able to offer very limited emergency services to US citizens in the Republic of South Sudan. 

The US Embassy has further drawn down its personnel on January 3, 2014, and therefore can offer only very limited emergency services to US citizens in South Sudan. Due to the draw down in personnel in Juba, the US Embassy in Nairobi [Tel.: 254 (20) 363 6451 or 254 (20) 363 6170, e-mail: Kenya_acs@state.gov is available to assist US citizens in South Sudan who need assistance; in an emergency, contact the US Embassy in Juba (Tel.: 211-955-456-050). 

If you seek information about US citizens services in South Sudan from the Directorate of Overseas Citizens Services in Washington,  email: 

SouthSudanEmergencyUSC@state.gov.

The Department of State urges those US citizens who decide to remain in South Sudan despite this Travel Warning to provide their current contact information and next-of-kin information through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

For information on "What the Department of State Can and Can't Do in a Crisis," please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs Emergencies and Crises link on www.travel.state.gov. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 0800 through 2000 hours EST, Monday through Friday (except US federal holidays).

For further information, US citizens should consult the Department of State's Country Specific Information for South Sudan. Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.

Due to the draw down in personnel in Juba, the US Embassy in Nairobi [Tel.: 254 (20) 363 6451 or 254 (20) 363 6170, e-mail: Kenya_acs@state.gov] is available to assist US citizens in South Sudan who need assistance; in an emergency, contact the US Embassy in Juba (Tel.: 211-955-456-050). If you seek information about US citizens services in South Sudan from the Directorate of Overseas Citizens Services in Washington:

Please email:SouthSudanEmergencyUSC@state.gov.

For the entire text of the Travel warning, go to:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6238