Last updated: 10/13/2021
*** 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.
- Travelers can be tested at any private lab in compliance with South Sudan’s COVID-19 e-governance system, which provides results in the government-accepted certificate format. Any lab results not presented in this format will result in travelers not being allowed to board their flight in Juba.
- 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
- Are vaccines available in South Sudan for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
- Which vaccines are available in South Sudan? Currently, only the Astra Zeneca vaccine is available in South Sudan.
- Information about availability of vaccines: South Sudan received its first shipment of 132,000 doses of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine on March 25, 2021. According to Minister of Health for South Sudan Elizabeth Achuei, “[t]he first phase of the vaccination is conducted in Central Equatoria State targeting health care workers as well as persons aged 65 years and older.” The U.S. Embassy does not have any further information about when different areas of South Sudan might receive the vaccine, or when different priority groups will be eligible.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- 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? Yes. As of August 29, 2021, a curfew is in place from 10:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No – but reducing movements other than essential travel is encouraged. Guidance from the Government of South Sudan advises a social gathering should ideally be limited to five people in an open space and that unvaccinated individuals should limit meetings to no more than two persons.
Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?
- Per guidance issued on July 25, 2021, by the Ministry of Health in the Republic of South Sudan, quarantine is not required for international travelers who present a valid SARF-COV-2 PCR negative test certificate with a sample collected not more than 96 hours prior to arrival at the point of entry and with documentation of full COVID-19 vaccinations (completed at least two weeks before traveling).
- Individuals who present a SARF-COV-2 PCR negative test certificate but who are not fully vaccinated can quarantine for 10 days or be tested on day five at their own expense and then exit quarantine on day seven if the RT-PCR test is negative. Those choosing not to be tested on or after day five of the quarantine may exit the quarantine on day 10, unless exhibiting 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
- Facesmasks 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: +202 216 6279 x382
- Government of South Sudan News and Information
- Ministry of Health of South Sudan Daily COVID-19 Updates