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All About the Sudan Visa
Please note that Byevisa is unable to assist with travel authorisations to Sudan at this time. As such, this page intends to give an overview of the visa application process and the documents you’ll need in order to travel to this East African nation.
Not to be confused with South Sudan, which gained independence in 2005 as the result of a peace deal, the Republic of Sudan is an off-the-beaten-path destination with much to offer. So what does this mean for holidaymakers hoping to explore desert pyramids and Red Sea reefs?
Currently, most Western tourists, including British, American and Australian travellers, must request your Single-Entry authorisation at a Sudanese embassy prior to embarking on your trip.
In the past, this process could be confusing, as there were few sources foreign travellers could rely on. Luckily, Byevisa is here to take some of the mystery out of this process so that you can apply for your entry visa for Sudan quickly and hassle-free.
In the sections below, we’ve included an overview of how to get a Sudan visa. We’ve also described the role of your Sudanese sponsor and what documents you’ll need to present with your application. Last but not least, we’ve compiled some other travel tips to help your visit go smoothly.
In short, let us worry about the Sudan visa policy so that you have more time to plan your adventure through this vast nation.
Sudan Visa Requirements
Before you can explore this country’s gilded mosques and Ottoman relics, you’ll need to make sure that you have:
- A passport valid 6 months past your date of departure from Sudan and with 2 blank pages.
- A sponsor. This is a friend or family member based in Sudan or a representative from the travel company you have hired for your trip.
If you’re a citizen from one of the following 5 nations, you’re in luck! This means you can visit this East African country without a tourist pass. Your period of stay, however, depends on your nationality:
- Saudi Arabia (business visits only)
- United Arab Emirates
- Yemen (only if arriving directly)
A Sudan Visa on Arrival (VoA) is also an option for a few select nationalities and for specific circumstances. To apply for a VoA, one of the following must apply to you:
- You are a national of Kenya, Malaysia or Turkey (Turkish citizens may only apply if they arrive in this country directly).
- You have a Sudanese father (proper documentation must be presented).
- You are a male or female who is married to a Sudanese national and holds a valid marriage certificate.
In this case as well, your period of stay depends on your nationality. While Malaysian travellers may stay in the country for 3 months with the VoA, Turkish citizens may only remain for 1.
Sudan Visa Application Process
Please note that the application procedure varies depending on your nationality and the embassy where you apply. In an attempt to give you a full picture, we’ve outlined how to request a Sudan visa for UK citizens, as well as how to request this document from the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C.
Keep in mind, however, that you’ll want to contact your corresponding embassy for nationality-specific travel information.
Applying Through the Embassy in London, UK
For British nationals and permanent residents, this application process involves applying in both Khartoum and London. While initially this application process may seem complicated, in reality, there are just 2 steps standing between you and the ancient cities of Nubia.
- Designate a Sudanese national to be your sponsor (a friend or family member or a representative if visiting through a travel agency) who will apply on your behalf through the Aliens Department at the Ministry of Interior in Khartoum. Here you will be issued your unique entry permit number which will be shared with the embassy through official channels.
- Once the embassy receives your unique entry number, it will contact you with instructions on when to bring your passport and completed application (available on the embassy website) to the consular section.
And that’s it! Once your documents have been processed, you can pick them up or have them delivered by a prepaid courier service.
Applying Through the Embassy in Washington, D.C.
This embassy does not require previous approval from the Ministry of Interior. To apply, you’ll simply need to present the following documents:
- Your passport (valid at least 6 months past your travel dates and with 2 blank pages).
- Your completed and signed application (available on the embassy website).
- 1 passport-sized photo (Sudan visa photo requirements state that photos should be in colour, 4.5 cm in height and 3.5 cm in width and taken in front of a white background).
- The name and contact details of the Sudanese national who will be your sponsor during your travel. They will also need to provide a photocopy of their passport or national ID. If you do not have a sponsor in the country, the embassy will also accept a confirmation letter from your hotel or a letter from your travel agency confirming the details of your trip.
- A photocopy of your US Green Card or visa, if applicable
These documents may either be submitted in person during walk-in hours (Monday-Friday from 10 am to 2 pm) or sent by Express Mail, Priority Mail, FedEx or UPS. Don’t forget to record your tracking number and be sure to include pre-paid return shipping if you won’t be able to visit the embassy to pick up your documents.
In both cases, a sponsor or representative is an important part of the application process. For this reason, we recommend contacting your embassy early to have an idea of everything that will be expected from you and your sponsor during this process.
Sudan Visa Application Form and Documents
The Sudan visa application can be downloaded directly from the embassy’s website. To complete this form, you’ll want to have the following information at hand:
- Your contact details such as your email, home phone number and work phone number.
- Your full name.
- Your nationality, as well as your date and place of birth.
- Your current occupation.
- Your present address.
- Your address in Sudan (this can be the hotel where you plan to stay).
- The destinations you plan to visit in the country.
- The purpose of your visit (i.e. business or tourism).
- Your date of arrival and period of stay.
- Your passport details such as the number, date and place of issue and date of expiry.
- The names and complete addresses of 2 references in the country.
- Information on any previous visits to the country.
- The names of other countries where you hold a valid entry permit (for example, if you’re a European citizen with permanent residence in the UK, you can put this information here).
As with any other application, it’s important to mind the details. If there are any mistakes on the form or if some fields are illegible, your application could be rejected or delayed.
The last document you’ll need will actually be requested once in the country. All foreign nationals are required to register their visit at the Aliens Department at the Ministry of Interior within 3 days of arrival to Sudan.
To request this document, you’ll need:
- 2 passport-size photos (for information on Sudan visa photo size, please see our section ‘Sudan Visa Application Process’ above).
- To pay a fee of approximately 45.00 USD.
Be sure to carry this registration certificate with you at all times, as you may incur a fine if you’re found to be without it.
If you’re staying at a larger hotel, traveller registration will often be done for you. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to check to make sure you have your bases covered.
Sudan Visa Status Check
The embassy will contact you directly at the email address provided in your application once a decision has been made. Be sure to double-check the email address you provide to make sure you don’t miss any notifications from the embassy regarding your travel authorisation.
If you wish to check the status of your application before this time, you may do so by contacting the embassy’s consular section.
What is the Sudan Visa Application Fee?
The cost of a Sudan visa at the embassy in Washington, D.C. is 154.00 USD. This can be paid by money order or in cash for walk-in transactions. No personal checks or credit/debit card payments will be accepted.
At the embassy in London, this document costs approximately 138.00 USD (100.00 GBP) for US passports and 103.00 USD (75.00 GBP) for all other nationalities. This amount can be paid in cash or by postal order.
More Sudan Visa Questions and Information
We hope the sections above have given you a good overview of what to expect during this process. To see the answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), head to the drop-down menu below.
You should check with your embassy before your trip to ensure that you have the latest nationality-specific information. Keep in mind that the requirement to request an exit permit could make it difficult to leave the country at short notice, should an emergency arise.
If you’re planning on travelling internationally in the near future, it would be a good idea to take a look at your passport’s expiry date, just to be sure.
Once you arrive at your destination outside of Khartoum, you will be required to register here as well. This can be done by visiting the local police within 24 hours of your arrival in the city.
- 2 duly signed application forms.
- A passport-size picture.
- Proof of a return ticket.
- Embassy of the Republic of Sudan in Islamabad, Pakistan F-6/3 , Street #16, House # 8 Islamabad, Pakistan email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s also a good idea to travel with photocopies of your passport information page, visa page, sponsor information and Ministry of Tourism travel permit (for more information on this permit please see our section ‘Do I Need Any Additional Documentation?’ above).
You should limit photography to touristic sites, such as temples and national parks, as it is illegal to take pictures of military instalments, infrastructure (e.g. bridges, airports) and certain areas of the cities.
Finally, make sure you carry enough Sudanese pounds (SDGs) to get you through your trip, as credit cards are not often accepted, even at large hotels.