Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Sudan ban all intercity and interstate travel from April 12 to curb spread of COVID-19.

This alert affects Sudan

This alert began 13 Apr 2020 09:05 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, increased security

Summary
Authorities have implemented several measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). On April 12, the government announced a ban on all interstate and intercity travel, effective immediately. The latest measure follows several other restrictions implemented since late March.

  • Land and sea borders are closed. Only essential goods transport is allowed. Commercial passenger flights are suspended. Domestic flights are suspended.
  • A nationwide 1800-0600 curfew is in effect.
  • Mass gatherings are banned.
  • Persons suspected of being infected will be transferred to the Khartoum Teaching Hospital or the Jebra Trauma Center.


Additional travel restrictions or health security measures may be implemented with little notice. Emergency and essential services will likely remain operational for the duration of the curfew. Sporadic clashes are possible if any group attempts to break the curfew; security forces are likely to act quickly to control such incidents.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. 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. Plan for possible ground shipping and travel delays; seek alternative routes and shipping methods for time-sensitive cargo. Avoid all demonstrations.

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.

Resources
World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int

Ministry of Health Sudan: www.fmoh.gov.sd