With Africa On Everybody’s Minds – Travel Alert for Sudan…

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With all the media attention being drawn to the country of Kenya it is important to remember there are other troubled places for American’s traveling to the continent of Africa.

As a GeoBlue plan member you have access to the latest travel alert via the web or your mobile device.  Here is the latest Travel Alert for Sudan…  I hope this is helpful.  If you have International Health Insurance questions or concerns call us at (619) 435-6700 – we are here to help.

September 26, 2013. Government Warning Issued for Sudan

SOURCE: U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Embassy in Sudan alerts U.S. citizens of ongoing demonstrations in greater Khartoum. Khartoum, the surrounding capital area, and some other cities continue to experience ongoing protests over the lifting of subsidies, some of which have turned violent. Official Embassy personnel are restricted from traveling to/around Omdurman.

The U.S. Embassy remains open, but will operate with limited staffing tomorrow Thursday, September 26, 2013.

As always, U.S. citizens in Sudan are advised to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings in public spaces. Remember even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

We strongly urge that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Sudan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call +1.888.407.4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or +1.202.501.4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum is located in Soba and is open Sunday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, call the Embassy’s emergency number, +249.1.870.22000, and ask for the duty officer.

Copyright © 2013 U.S. Department of State

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