Last updated: 01/30/2021
Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States
Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- 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.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in South Sudan? Yes – PCR only.
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
- COVID-19 testing is available but limited for outbound international travelers who need a negative COVID-19 certificate for arrival to their destination. The Med-Blue Laboratory in Juba is the only authorized private testing facility in South Sudan. The Med-Blue facility is located in the TECNO building in Juba. Testing is available 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. The facility accepts walk-ins, or you can call +211 92 388808 to request an appointment. Cost for the test is between $115-$150.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirements that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.
- Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email ACSJuba@state.gov.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of South Sudan approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes – South Sudan is working with the Global Alliance for Vaccines (GAVI) to acquire vaccines for COVID-19. As of January 19, 2021 South Sudan has not started a COVID-19 vaccination program.
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
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.
- 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 to enter South Sudan.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No – but reducing movements other than essential travel is encouraged.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- During Office Hours: +211 9121 05188
- Outside of Office Hours: +211 9121 05107
- Outside of South Sudan: +1 202 216 6279 x382
- Government of South Sudan News and Information
- Ministry of Health of South Sudan Daily COVID-19 Updates