COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  11/18/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • The government of the Republic of South Sudan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States should utilize available commercial flights

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
    • Most airlines have resumed flights to and from Juba, including Ethiopian Airlines, Kenyan Airways, Ugandan Airways and Fly Dubai. You should check with airlines to confirm frequency and any transit requirements.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
    • The government of South Sudan requires a negative COVID-19 test or a “COVID Free Certificate” produced by a healthcare practitioner which is dated within 96 hours of arrival in country in order to enter South Sudan.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No. But reducing movements other than essential travel is encouraged.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
    • The government of South Sudan requires that travelers to South Sudan quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
    • Upon arrival to Juba International Airport, a local contact phone number is required that will be used to make follow up calls to check for any emerging symptoms.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • COVID-19 testing is available for those with symptoms in South Sudan, however it is limited due to a shortage of testing kits. Travelers arriving in South Sudan will receive a test if they exhibit active signs of COVID-19 infection. COVID-19 testing is available through the South Sudan Rapid Response Team by calling 6666 or by presenting to a health facility.
  • COVID-19 testing is available but limited for outbound international travelers who need a negative COVID-19 certificate for arrival to their destination. The John Garang Infectious Disease Unit in Juba has 250 tests for travelers available per day. Testing is available 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Tests require pre-registration the day before the test is to be administered; pre-registration is done in person at 7am at the testing facility. Results are available 1-2 days after testing. Testing is free of charge.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
    • A number of carriers have resumed flights to and from Juba, including Ethiopian Airlines, Kenyan Airways, Ugandan Airways and Fly Dubai. You should check with airlines to confirm frequency and any transit requirements.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
    • Facemasks are required to be worn on public transportation.

Consular Operations:

  • As of November 2, 2020, U.S. Embassy Juba is accepting appointments for routine American Citizen services. Please use our online appointment system to schedule your appointment.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of an urgent appointment, please email ACSJuba@state.gov. If you are a U.S. citizen with an emergency, call us at the numbers listed below:

 

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