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Sudan Insurance

Securing specialist Sudan insurance should be central to preparations for visiting this troubled country. Armed conflict is a risk in many areas, as is piracy and the specific targeting of westerners for hostage. Travel to many parts of Sudan is strongly discouraged without expert advice and the strictest security precautions.

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Accident and Evacuation
Kidnapping and Ransom
Political Risk

Sudan insurance – quick facts

  • There is a high risk of terrorism and kidnapping in some regions
  • Carefully consider your security arrangements before traveling to and around Sudan
  • International health insurance in Sudan is essential, along with cover for emergency evacuation
  • Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea

Potential dangers in Sudan

Sudan has been blighted by bloody civil wars since in gained independence from Britain in 1956. The main pattern of conflict has historically been between the ruling Arab north and the mainly Christian and Animist south. In 2011 there were hopes for peace when South Sudan was granted secession, however the security situation between the two countries remains volatile due to disputed border demarcation and control of oil revenues.

Meanwhile the conflict continues in the Darfur states, where the UN accuses government backed Arab militias of committing a campaign of terror and ethnic cleansing against local non-Arabs. More than 200,000 people have been killed and two million driven from their homes.

You would be extremely ill advised to travel to the Darfur states or southern border areas without appropriate security precautions. The risk of military and terrorist attacks is high and specialist insurance will be required as standard policies will be in no way adequate. This should include provision for war and terrorism. There is also a high threat of hostage taking and foreign nationals, including aid workers, are a particular target. Kidnap and ransom insurance may be advised.

Political demonstrations in Khartoum and other cities can occur at short notice and can become violent. Protests can be in response to international events and anger may be directed at foreigners. Keep updated with the local and national security situation and be prepared should it deteriorate. Be prepared to leave an area at short notice or to stay indoors for a few days until the situation stabilises.

Other risks for visitors are presented by poor infrastructure, extremely hazardous roads and scarce healthcare. Comprehensive international medical insurance in essential, including provision for emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Piracy is a threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. If you are involved in shipping in any capacity maritime security insurance can be arranged.

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Advice from the FCO

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

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