South Sudan Insurance

Securing specialist South Sudan insurance should be central to preparations for operating in this war torn country. The political and security situation is extremely fragile and can deteriorate quickly. Travel to South Sudan is ill-advised without expert advice, high-risk insurance and the strictest security precautions

Official risk ratings

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Kidnapping and Ransom <span class="icon" data-icon="star5"></span>
Political Risk <span class="icon" data-icon="star4"></span>

South Sudan insurance – quick facts

  • The security situation can deteriorate rapidly
  • Carefully consider your security arrangements before traveling to and around South Sudan
  • International health insurance in South Sudan is essential, along with cover for emergency evacuation 

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Potential dangers in South Sudan

After decades of civil war, in 2011 South Sudan seceded from Sudan to become the world’s newest country. Hopes for peace were high, its people unified by their overwhelming yes vote for the secession. However, ethnic tensions soon arose between the two main groups, the Dinka and the Nuer and erupted into bloody violence.

Fighting has been widespread and over a million people have been forced from their homes. The fighting has been mainly focused on trying to gain control of the country’s considerable oil resources and consequently oil production has fallen and many foreign nationals working in the industry have left.

Though a ceasefire has largely held since September 2018, the security situation remains fragile. Obviously this presents numerous risks. Even before the fighting, the country was awash with weapons, its infrastructure poor and its healthcare almost non-existent. Serious criminality in Juba, and other urban areas, particularly during the hours of darkness, is also a regular concern. 

If you are considering oil and gas, humanitarian or commercial work in South Sudan you should be aware standard travel and business insurance policies will be in no way adequate. 

We can arrange specialist protection to provide high levels of cover that will remain effective in the event of war or terrorism. Comprehensive Medical and Emergency Evacuation insurance is vital. Kidnap and Ransom insurance may also be advised since a number of foreign nationals have been kidnapped in the recent past.

We can also provide property protection for vehicles, specialist equipment and arrange cover for your business liabilities or Trade and Political Risk insurance to cover operational risks as appropriate.

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Advice from the FCDO

The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in the UK regularly updates its advice to British travellers about immediate risks.