Last update 13 July 2018Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of Sudan
The Embassy of Bulgaria in Khartoum is currently not functioning. Bulgarian citizens staying for short or long terms in Sudan, can contact the Embassy of Bulgaria in Cairo or in Addis Ababa on Consular matters.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to Egypt
Address: 6, El Malek El Afdal Str. Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Telephone: +20 2 2736 30 25; +20 2 2736 60 77
Fax: +20 2 2736 38 26
Office hours: Sun - Thu, 08.30 - 14.30 h
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to Ethiopia
Address: Bole KK, Kebele 04/06/07, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Postal Address: P.O. Box 987 Addis Ababa, FDR of Ethiopia
Telephone: +251 11 66 100 32
Fax: +251 11 66 162 70
Office hours: 08.00 am - 06.00 pm
E-mail: [email protected]
Bulgarian citizens can apply for visa at the Embassy of Sudan in Sofia.
Embassy of Sudan in Sofia
Address: 1113 Sofia, 19 “Frederic Joliot-Curie” str., bl. 156/1, 2nd Floor, Apt. 2
Telephone: +359 2 971 2937, +359 2 971 2991
Fax: +359 2 971 7038
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
E-mail: [email protected]
Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that the Bulgarian citizens should not travel to the southern parts of the country - the administrative regions of Blue Nile, South Kordofan, South and West Darfur and North Darfur. Avoid traveling to border areas with Ethiopia and Eritrea, where there are still unmarked minefields. Before traveling to the country, Bulgarian citizens should become familiar with the changes of the current situation and the risks it poses to their security.
It should be borne in mind that the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Cairo has very limited options for assistance in case of emergencies with Bulgarian citizens in Sudan.
Sudanese pound (SDG)
Travellers are advised to carry US Dollars. Payments with credit cards are unreliable.
Crime and security
The situation in the country remains unstable, as there is a tension between the local tribes and armed criminal groups. Demonstrations of various sizes are held often in the capital that poses a risk to the security of foreign nationals. The risks of terrorist attacks and kidnappings of foreigners are high.
Level of Crime: The level of crime of general nature is high in the southern parts of Sudan. Typical crimes are armed robbery attacks, car thefts, including seizure of the vehicle by armed attacks, thefts from homes and hotels.
In Sudan there are very strict penalties for provoking behaviour between a male and a female, or for homosexuality. Alcohol is prohibited.
There are no restrictions on the import of foreign currency and it is not declared.
Duty-free you can bring to the country up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or one pound of tobacco.
The import of alcohol, fruit and vegetables, as well as of books and movies with pornographic content is banned.The import and export of computers, camcorders and satellite phones when entering and leaving the Sudanese territory is declared.
The import of any goods from Israel is banned.
The export of local currency is prohibited.
The export of ivory, stuffed animals (crocodiles, varans, etc..) and furs, as well as of large amounts of gold and gold ornaments is banned.
The best way to get to Sudan is by plane or by boat (with guided tours). Railway transportation is seasonal and insecure.
Prior traveling more than 25 kilometers outside the capital Khartoum, you need to obtain authorization from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
Travellers are strictly required to follow the requested route.
It is forbidden to take pictures of military installations, bridges, stations, reservoirs, etc.
When driving a car, bear in mind that local road users fail to comply with traffic rules, road conditions are complicated, in many places there is no pavement, and in most populated areas streets are narrow and limit traffic in both directions. Typical offenses that endanger the lives of other road users are: violation of the speed limit, driving into oncoming traffic, driving without lights at night.
There is a risk to get sick of malaria, cholera, hepatitis and yellow fever. It is recommendable to get all necessary medications before leaving for Sudan.
Standards in local health institutions are below the EU standards. It is recommended that persons with specific diseases requiring medical supervision should not travel to the country.
Hospitals require to pay in advance the medical services to be provided. Outside the capital, Khartoum, the health system does not envisage for medical emergency services.
Travel papers and visas
International passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry.
Bulgarian citizens can travel to Sudan with visas (for ordinary, official and diplomatic passports). They can be obtained at the Embassy of Sudan in Sofia.
You must not have a visa for Israel in your passport, or a stamp evidencing that you have visited this country.
Not later than 72 hours after arrival you are required to register with the police or at the airport. Otherwise you will be fined.
No special immunisations are required for Sudan.
For the latest information on vaccines, please contact the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases at Telephone: +359 2 944 69 99/221.
Respect local customs and traditions that are part of Muslim law (Sharia).
- Adhere to the ban on eating, drinking and smoking in public places before sunset during the Ramadan.
- Maintain good personal hygiene.
- Drink only mineral water.
- Thorough washing of fruits and vegetables you eat is a necessity.
Certification and Legalisation
Documents issued to Bulgarian citizens in Sudan should be stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, and then must be certified by the Sudanese Embassy in Sofia.
Thus formed, the documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria, and such translation certified by the “Certification and Legalisation” Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria.
Emergency Travel Document
In extreme cases – such as a damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at the embassy of any EU Member State in Khartoum.