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Road and Bridge Closures

This Emergency Message alerts American citizens in Khartoum to the potential for violence, and road and bridge closures, due to a military march staged on December 28, 2011 by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF). The Sudanese Government has closed several roads and major intersections in the capital including parts of Africa road, Obied, Khartoum, several major road intersections and, roads around the airport that lead to SAF headquarters.  SAF is conducting several separate marches beginning at 0900 today thru different parts of the city.  SAF marchers will eventually converge at SAF headquarters where a rally and speeches will be given. All American citizens are advised to stay home until further notice. The U.S. Embassy takes this opportunity to remind citizens of the current Travel Warning in place for Sudan.  

 Also note that the main road leading to the U.S. Embassy has been blocked and therefore the embassy will be closed today. For emergencies, please call 249-187-022000 (International), or 0187-022000 (Local). Press "0" or remain on the line.  American citizens may request emergency services at any time, but the ability of the U.S. Embassy to assist U.S. citizens in an emergency is limited.  U.S. citizens requiring non-emergency assistance may schedule an appointment with American Citizen Services through the Embassy's website: or call 249-187-022871 (International), or 0187-022871 (Local).

 You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Khartoum web site (  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.

If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays).  If you are going to live in or travel to Sudan, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP - If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date.  It is important to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency. 

The U.S. Embassy is located at U.S. Embassy Road, Kilo 10, Soba in Khartoum; (Telephone: (2491-870-22000).  Embassy normal operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.