Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities resume all domestic and international flights as part of easing COVID-19 lockdown measures May 13. Disruptions continue.

This alert affects South Sudan

This alert began 13 May 2020 16:41 GMT and is scheduled to expire 13 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: From May 13
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions, heightened security

Authorities in South Sudan have resumed all domestic and international flights as part of easing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown measures May 13. Under the new directives, international travelers arriving at Juba International Airport (JUB) will be required to provide COVID-19 free medical certificates from countries of origin and are subjected to a 14-day quarantine. Travelers and airline operators will be obliged to adhere to preventive measures, including wearing face masks, social distancing, and disinfecting all aircraft during their arrival.

The following restrictions will remain in place:

  • A nationwide 2200-0600 curfew is enforced.
  • Restaurants and bars may reopen during noncurfew hours, provided they strictly adhere to social distancing requirements.
  • Shops and stores may also reopen under the same requirements and must allow no more than five customers inside at a time.
  • Boda boda (motorcycle) and rickshaw taxi transport services may resume; however, drivers and passengers must wear protective face masks.

Earlier imposed restrictions, such as the closure of all schools, religious institutions, nonessential businesses, social gatherings, and all land borders, also remain in place.

COVID-19-related measures may be tightened or eased on short notice. Security personnel will likely deal quickly and forcefully with any curfew violators. Disruptions to supply chains and shortages of essential goods are possible.

Background and Analysis
The measures are similar to actions adopted by other governments in Africa and globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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