Getting a Sudanese visa isn’t complicated but there is some bureaucracy that needs to be done.
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For your information, it is possible to get a VOA for Sudan, but only if you fly into Khartoum, and you need to arrange it in advance.
The VOA is not available at land borders.
Basically, you’ll need to get in touch with a local tour operator, with whom you’ll have to book a tour around Sudan.
Alternatively, independent travelers may also arrange it via the Acropole Hotel.
For that, they usually charge around $100, plus they require you to stay at least two nights with them.
It’s an expensive hotel, nevertheless, with prices starting at $100.
Moreover, the VOA will cost you $100, or $150 if you hold a US passport.
If you plan to travel overland into Sudan, via either Egypt or Ethiopia, you will have to get your visa at the embassy.
For that, the following options apply.
If your country or city has a Sudanese embassy, that’s great, as you can apply for it from there, but it’s sort of a hassle, especially because each embassy has its own rules and some of them require a letter of invitation.
You can get it through a local tour operator or independent travelers can also get it through the Acropole Hotel.
The hotel typically charges $110 in exchange for staying 2 nights with them.
Officially, the whole visa process takes 3 weeks but there are travel reports suggesting that it can take up to 6 weeks, depending on the embassy, so it’s wise to apply in advance.
European-based embassies typically charge $80-$100.
Also, if you are not sure of your date of entry, it would probably be better to apply for it in Egypt or Ethiopia.
Today, this is the easiest place.
Things have gotten much easier in Cairo.
Before, you needed to get a letter of recommendation from your own embassy in Cairo, and the process used to take 1 or 2 weeks.
Now, you can get it on the same day and it costs $150, and all you need is:
This is the embassy location.
This used to be the easiest place to apply for a Sudanese visa, but it’s a bit unreliable since the authorities stop issuing them every now and then sending travelers back to Cairo, which is quite a detour.
The last update I got in March 2023 was that they are issuing them again but know that there’s a small risk.
As of today, these are the Sudan visa requirements in Aswan:
There is a shop 100 meters from the Consulate where you can make copies.
If you go at 9am, you might have the visa ready by 2pm but remember that this will depend on the officer’s mood.
About the Sudan Consulate in Aswan:
According to a reader of this blog, things have got easier in Addis Ababa.
However, bear in mind that, sometimes, they may give you trouble if you don’t have a letter of invitation.
For the visa, the process is quick and it only takes 1 working day.
It costs $68.
Make sure to arrive early (around 8 a.m.) as they only accept the applications until 11am.
Bring the invitation letter, a copy of your passport, 2 photos, the address of your stay in Sudan, the address and tel number of your sponsor in Sudan.
This is old but, in September 2018, a traveler reported that he got his visa for Sudan in less than 24 hours.
He didn’t need to present any special document other than his passport and the usual stuff. The price was $55.
In Sudan, you’ll need to register within 3 days of your arrival.
Travel reports on this matter are more than welcome.
You can register your passport at this location.
This can be usually done by your sponsor, if you have one.
Otherwise, doing it by yourself can be a time-consuming process.
The registration costs 5,000 SDG.
Whatever country you are traveling from, once you are at the Sudanese border, the authorities will give you a special form that needs to be filled out.
You need to keep a copy of it and not lose it.
Because you’ll have to present it at the police station for registration.
From the moment you cross the border, you have 3 days (or 4 days, unofficially) to register at the police station.
If coming from Egypt, Wadi Halfa is the best place.
In Wadi Halfa, the whole process took less than 20 minutes.
For that, you need to go to the police station and give in your registration form.
You’ll need a copy of your passport (you can make a copy there for 1SDG).
They will also ask you for a picture but, if you don’t have it, it’s not a problem.
Registration is a must. If you don’t register, they could make you pay a huge fine for leaving the country. When I was traveling in Azerbaijan, I also didn’t register and, at the border, had to choose between paying 200 USD or getting deported and banned from entering the country within a year.
A travel permit is needed to travel around the country.
However, if your final destination is Khartoum, you don’t need to get this permit because essentially, it’s a permit to get out of Khartoum, and the police do ask for it all the time.
Again, if you have a sponsor, they should take care of it but if not, you should first head to:
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and Wildlife.
Here’s the location.
What are the required documents?
They will issue you a form which you’ll need to present at the Tourism Police office to get the actual permit.
In some cities and villages, the hotels ask you to register at the local security office.
It’s a pain in the ass but it’s pretty straightforward and you don’t have to pay.
Just go there, tell them the name of the hotel and how many days are you planning to stay.
Don’t forget to check our travel guide to Sudan.
As well as all our Sudan articles: