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UK warns citizens against traveling to South Sudan

Dec 22, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — The United Kingdom has issued a travel advisory against all travels to South Sudan citing COVID 19 and the security situation in the country.

Outgoing UK Ambassador to South Sudan Christ Trott (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

UK citizens planning to travel to South Sudan should research about the coronavirus situation in the country. 

They are also encouraged to get travel insurance which provides sufficient cover during the trip.

They are also encouraged to be vigilant of the local security situation, monitor the local media, and stay in a safe location. 

The United Kingdom noted that there is still intercommunal violence being reported in the area despite the ceasefire that is currently in place.

“A ceasefire is currently in place, and has largely held since September 2018. However, there are regular reports of intercommunal violence in some areas of the country, as well as sporadic reports of fighting between armed groups,” read a statement issued by the UK. 

It further added that “serious criminality in Juba, and other urban areas, particularly during the hours of darkness, is also a regular concern. A deterioration in the security situation remains possible, and could be prompted by a number of factors including developments in the fragile economy, the ongoing peace process, or a more securitized response to coronavirus (COVID-19).”

The statement pointed out that in an event of security deterioration, United Kingdom citizens might be unable to leave the country.

“In the event of a serious deterioration in the security situation, similar to those of July 2016 and December 2013, routes into and out of South Sudan may be blocked, Juba airport may be closed or inaccessible, and flights may be suspended at short notice. 

“Regional developments may also increase the unpredictability of infrastructure and transport, as happened in April 2019 when events in Sudan led to the temporary closure of South Sudan’s airspace,” the statement continued.

Those wishing to visit the country should therefore exercise caution and be vigilant at all times and avoid any travel during the hours of darkness.

Those visiting South Sudan should make sure that they have comprehensive contingency plans that don’t rely on support from the Embassy.

As the Consular support is severely limited in South Sudan those who are in South Sudan and are in need urgent help from the UK Government should contact the British High Commission in Nairobi.

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