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Reviewed: 28 July 2011
Still current at: 25 May 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in South Sudan due to the threat from armed conflict, terrorism, civil unrest and violent crime and we advise against all travel.
On 9 July 2011, South Sudan declared its independence from Sudan. Unresolved political tensions and issues related to South Sudan’s recent independence remain. The security situation is fragile and has the potential to deteriorate with little warning.
We strongly advise against all travel within 40 kilometres of South Sudan’s northern border with Sudan. Parts of South Sudan’s border with Sudan remain disputed and military forces from both countries are deployed in these areas.
A number of armed militia groups are active in South Sudan’s border areas and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), currently based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is active in the western regions of South Sudan.
Violent crime, including armed robbery and car-jacking, is a problem throughout South Sudan both in urban and rural areas. Banditry and lawlessness is an issue in some rural areas. The government has limited capacity to deter crime and maintain law and order outside the capital city of Juba.
New Zealanders who decide to travel to South Sudan against our advice are advised to keep a low profile, exercise a high degree of security awareness at all times, avoid all large crowds and protests and have their own contingency plan for departure in place should a deterioration to the security situation occur. As a precautionary measure, we recommend ensuring adequate supplies of food, water, fuel, cash and essential medications are always on hand and travel documents are kept up to date.
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in South Sudan, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens is severely limited.
New Zealanders in South Sudan should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air. You should check that your travel insurance policy covers travel to South Sudan – exclusions may well apply.
New Zealanders travelling or living in South Sudan are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.