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Sudan Warnings and Dangers: 51 reviews and 35 photos

If the heat doesn't kill you, the amount of paperwork to be a visitor in Sudan might well do. Once you arrive, you have to fill in registration forms, then you have to register with the police, the ministry of the interior, the Aliens' Registration Bureau and probably your embassy too. If you come with a travel agent, they should do most of this for you, but if not, then the endless repeated questions and trips to offices around Khartoum will soon get you down. To take photos, you need a photo permit, available free from the Ministry of Tourism, if they can be bothered. Travel permits are no longer necessary for Northern Sudan, right down to the Ethiopian border, but if you plan to visit anywhere else (Kassala, Port Sudan, Kordofan, Darfur and anywhere in the south), you need a special travel permit called "talab izn taharruk". Go to the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs near to the University of Khartoum, where you'll struggle to find anyone claiming to know what to do with you. Take more passport photos than you need, photocopies of anything important, and fill in the form with the help of the official in charge. You can write as many destinations as you like on the form, but the length of time will usually only be granted if you write something like two weeks...don't worry, few outside Khartoum bother about dates, and you can always "lose" the original while photocopying altered versions. Anyway, you get the gist...a lot of paperwork! But without the paperwork, you run the risk of being sent back to Khartoum or having to pay "fines".
An Iqaama or residence permit is granted to those with official work in Sudan...they last for a year, but be warned that if you want to leave Sudan, you must get an exit visa first, which is an absolute nightmare to get. If your employer doesn't do it for you, then you need all the luck in the world...although I am against corruption, dollar bills do speed the process up, and can persuade officials to overlook certain irregularities in your passport if you have any!

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  • Updated Oct 19, 2004
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