Sudan

Sudan travel information, guide and need to know information for Sudan including flight Information, when to go, visa requirements, health advice, government travel advice, travel news, recommended books and maps, money matters, getting around and other essential Sudan travel information.

Map of Sudan

Map showing Sudan's Places of Interest

Plugs and electric in Sudan

Electricity

Voltage

230 V

Frequency

50 Hz

Plug

Plugs and sockets can vary. You will find either 3 rectangular pin (as in the UK) or round pin with grounding pin.

Flights in Sudan

Domestic flight services are operated by Sudan Airways. As in many developing African countries, schedules change frequently and flights are often delayed or get cancelled at short notice, though the daily Khartoum to Port Sudan service is reputedly generally reliable. Other routes include Khartoum to Nyala, Elfashir, Juba, Dongola, Wadi Halfa and El Obid.

Sudan Airways flights in Sudan

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Domestic flight services are operated by Sudan Airways. As in many developing African countries, schedules change frequently and flights are often delayed or get cancelled at short notice, though the daily Khartoum to Port Sudan service is reputedly generally reliable. Other routes include Khartoum to Nyala, Elfashir, Juba, Dongola, Wadi Halfa and El Obid.

Flights from UK to Sudan

Several airlines offer connecting flight services from the UK to Khartoum including Sudan Airways, Egyptair and British Airways.

British Airways flights from United Kingdom to Sudan

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British Airways do not have direct flights. You can fly via several different airports including Cairo, Dubai, Bahrain and Istanbul to connect with onward flights on either Egypt Air; Emirates, Gulf Air, or Turkish Airlines respectively to Khartoum. Flight time is a minimum of 9 hours 40 minutes depending on flight connections.

Egyptair flights from United Kingdom to Sudan

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Egyptair fly twice a week from London Heathrow to Cairo with a connecting flight to Khartoum. Flight time is a minimum 08 hours 35 minutes depending on flight connections.

Emirates flights from United Kingdom to Sudan

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Emirates fly daily from London Heathrow and Gatwick to Dubai with connecting flights to Khartoum. Flight time is a minimum of 17 hours 25 minutes depending on flight connections.

Qatar Airways flights from United Kingdom to Sudan

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Qatar Airways fly daily from London Heathrow to Doha with onward connection to Khartoum. Flight time approximately 16 hours 15 minutes depending on connection.

Gulf Air flights from United Kingdom to Sudan

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Gulf Air fly daily from London Heathrow to Bahrain with onward connection to Khartoum. Flight time approximately 13 hours 35 minutes depending on connection.

Lufthansa German Airlines flights from United Kingdom to Sudan

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Lufthansa German Airlines fly daily from London Heathrow to Frankfurt with onward connection to Khartoum. Flight time approximately 8 hours depending on connection.

Sudan Airways flights from United Kingdom to Sudan

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Sudan’s national carrier, Sudan Airways, flies twice weekly from London to Khartoum via Cairo.

Sudan culture and traditions

Islamic law forbids the import and consumption of any alcoholic beverage as well as the import of any pornographic or nude material. Shops are closed on Fridays (the official Muslim day of rest). Sunday is the day off for Christians. It is the convention to use right hands when shaking hands or passing or receiving anything. Soles of the feet must not be shown when sitting down. There are also many restrictions on photography.

Weather in Sudan

The northern regions enjoy a desert climate with hot days and cold nights. Day temperatures range from 30-35˚C in October/November and March/April, to 25-30˚C in December through to February. Night temperatures instead vary from the 10-15˚C for the former months to the 0-10˚C for the latter. Dust storms, called “haboobs” frequently occur.

The best period for travelling is winter when days are dry and sunny, and humidity is at its lowest (20-40%). In the southern regions equatorial climatic conditions prevail with an average annual temperature of 29.5˚C, an annual rainfall of 1015mm and a very high humidity. In the vicinity of Khartoum the average annual temperature is about 27°C; annual rainfall, most of which occurs between mid-June and September, is about 254mm.

Best time to visit Sudan

Travel to Sudan is best avoided during the period of Ramadan and during periods of climatic extremes. Northern Sudan is much more bearable in the ‘cooler’ months from mid-October through to March.

Money advice for Sudan

Local Currency

Sudanese Dinar (SDD)

General Advice

In Sudan you will find that nearly everything has to be paid for in cash and you should carry sufficient funds in US dollars (or pounds sterling or euros). Bring US$ in small denominations for smaller expenses and departure tax.

Money Exchange

The majority of services and purchases in Sudan will accept hard currency rather than local dinar. Money exchange must be done through authorized dealers such as banks and hotels. Dinars can not be re-exchanged upon departure or taken out of the country.

ATM Availability

ATMs are not available in Sudan. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.

Credit Cards

Credit cards are only accepted in major international hotels.

Entry requirements for Sudan

Visa and Passport Requirements for Sudan

Entry Warning

The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.

Passport

All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.

Taxes

Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.

Visa Requirements

Travelling from Requirements
Australia A visa is required.
Canada A visa is required.
Denmark A visa is required.
Ireland A visa is required.
Netherlands A visa is required.
New Zealand A visa is required.
South Africa A visa is required.
United States A visa is required.
United Kingdom A visa is required.

Other Nationalities

Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.

Passport & Visa Service

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com

Transport in Sudan

Buses

Bus is by far the widest used form of transport in Sudan. A variety of vehicle types operate a comprehensive, though unpredicatble, network of services between most urban centres in the country. Minibuses serve neighbouring towns; colourful converted trucks cope with the demands of desert tracks in the north; luxury coach-style buses serve major routes such as Khartoum to Port Sudan. Slower mid-sized buses operate a slower service, whilst local ‘Boksi’ – Toyota Hilux pick-ups – are very common in the north, frighteningly fast and pretty uncomfortable over longer distances.

Taxis

Taxis can be hired in most mid-sized towns, though prices will immediately be higher for non-Sudanese travellers.

Car Hire

Unless you’ll be living for a period of time in Sudan, or are very experienced in driving in off-beat African nations, self-drive touring for western travellers is not a usual way to travel. Cars can be hired in Khartoum, though they are expensive. If planning to head out of the city, cars will be provided with a driver, in which case you may as well seek expert advice from an experienced local tour operator.

Driving

Driving is on the right in Sudan. The country is enormous and few paved roads exist. Where they do, travel is fairly quick. Most roads, though, are dirt/sand tracks of very variable quality. GPS is extremely useful if planning to drive across country here.

Trains

The Sudanese railway system was, up until the time of independence, one of the most extensive and most efficient railways on the continent. The Sudan Railways Corporation service is now very limited after years of under-funding and neglect. Trains are slow, often overcrowded, have three classes and a restaurant car, and sometimes sleeper carriages. The 36-hour Wadi Halfa to Khartoum trip (or vice-versa) is a classic journey, particularly when combined with the ferry across Lake Nasser into Egypt.

Boats

The Nile in Sudan does not have the same high level of river transport as Egypt – not even close in fact! Where Egypt has floating cruise boat hotels and feluccas, Sudan has battered and bustling old local ferries filled with camels and goats, and a handful of vehicles. The weekly ferry journey between Wadi Halfa and Aswan, across Lake Nasser, is certainly a memorable experience and worth the effort for those with time and stamina.

Other

Motor-rickshaws may be more suitable for shorter distances, whilst in small towns and villages, donkey carts are common.

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