South Sudan Basics

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The Basics


Electricity: Electrical current in South Sudan is 230 volts, 50Hz. Two and three-prong round pin plugs are in use.

Money: The official currency is the South Sudanese Pound (SSP), which is divided into 100 piastres. It's a good idea to carry cash (preferably US Dollars) rather than relying on credit card facilities.

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: English and Arabic are official languages, with several local languages such as Dinka also spoken. Pigin Arabic is spoken in the capital, Juba.

Entry requirements for Americans: A valid passport and visa is required.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: A valid passport and visa is required.

Entry requirements for Canadians: A valid passport and visa is required.

Entry requirements for Australians: A valid passport and visa is required.

Entry requirements for South Africans: A valid passport and visa is required.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: A valid passport and visa is required.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: A valid passport and visa is required.

Passport/Visa Note: Immigration laws are still being finalised for South Sudan and travellers are advised to confirm all requirements with official sources before travel. Most countries require visas. Those with an ID card issued by the United Nations can obtain visas on arrival if permission has been granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance. It is highly recommended that passports be valid for six months after intended departure from any destination, as authorities on the ground often apply different standards to those stated officially.

Travel Health: Visitors to South Sudan should make sure they've been vaccinated against yellow fever, typhoid, tetanus, polio, measles, hepatitis A and meningococcal meningitis. A yellow fever certificate is required by those arriving from an infected country. A hot and humid country, Malaria is rife and dengue fever occurs, so precautions against mosquito bites should be taken. An outbreak of Rift Valley Fever, spread by mosquitoes, killed over 222 people between November 2007 and January 2008. Cholera outbreaks occur. Water and food-borne diseases are common and travellers should purify drinking water and carry anti-diarrhoeal drugs. AIDS is a growing problem. Visitors should ensure they have comprehensive medical insurance, which should include evacuation by air ambulance.

Tipping: Tips are accepted for good service and are usually 10-15% of the bill.

Safety Information: There are a lot of foreigners in Jabu and its considered safe to walk around the city. Avoid the northern border if possible.

Business: English is the official language of business in South Sudan, although Arabic is also widely spoken.

Communications: The international dialling code for South Sudan is +211. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). Mobile coverage through local companies is possible.