Visa policy of South Sudan

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Visitors to South Sudan must obtain a visa from one of the South Sudan diplomatic missions unless they are of a South Sudanese origin, come from one of the visa exempt countries or they come from one of the countries whose citizens are eligible for visa on arrival.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of South Sudan


Prior to South Sudanese independence, the Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission had de facto control over entrance into South Sudan.[1] However Khartoum also de jure required visitors to obtain Sudanese visas as well.[2][3]

By November 2011, South Sudan was reportedly issuing one hundred visas per day to Ethiopians.[4] In December 2011, foreigners working in South Sudan were required to re-register with the Department of Alien Affairs and obtain new visa stickers.[5] In April 2012, South Sudan announced that it would begin applying visa requirements to Sudanese nationals as well in advance of an October deadline; similarly, Sudan had just recently begun to treat South Sudanese nationals as foreigners for visa control purposes.[6] Furthermore, that same month, there were also reports that expatriates working in the country would be required to pay $50 per month for their visas.[7]

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of  Tanzania do not require a visa to enter South Sudan.[8][9]

Visa on arrival[edit]

Citizens of the following countries are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival costing between US$50 and 100:[12]

Visa on arrival is also granted to holders of an identity card copy issued by the United Nations with a clearance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Sudan

Holders of diplomatic, official, service and special passports issued to nationals of any country can obtain a visa on arrival.


In December 2015 President of South Sudan announced that citizens of East African Community countries - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda - would no longer require visas for South Sudan.[13] In 2019, mutual visa waiver was in place with Tanzania while negotiations were under way with Kenya and Uganda.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Visas required for foreigners travelling to South Sudan". Sudan Radio Service, Nairobi. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  2. ^ Reeve, Eric (2005-09-25). "The Slow Collapse of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement". Sudan Tribune. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  3. ^ Kandia, Stephen (2007-09-17). "Uganda: Security in Juba is Guaranteed for All". AllAfrica. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  4. ^ "Southern Sudan Issues 100 Visa's a Day to Ethiopian Business People". 2Merkato. 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  5. ^ "Interior Minister Gives Foreigners 30 Days to Produce Documents".
  6. ^ "Sudanese nationals entering South Sudan to use visas". 2012-04-11. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  7. ^ "South Sudan tightens visa policy after oil dispute with North". Sudan Tribune. 2012-04-11. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
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  12. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  13. ^ East Africa: Kirr Declares Free Visa Entry
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