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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Khartoum (Sudan), Karmakol Arts Festival

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The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.   U.S. Embassy Khartoum reminds U.S. citizens of the continuing need for caution and awareness of personal security. 

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news for updates.  Maintain a high-level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. 

In light of recent threatening statements by a member of the Sudanese Parliament regarding U.S. citizen participation in public festivals, U.S. Embassy Khartoum is cancelling personal travel of official Americans to the arts festival in Karmakol this weekend (Dec. 15 and 16). 

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Sudan.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, located at U.S. Embassy Road, Kilo 10, Soba, Khartoum, Sudan, at 249-187-022871 (International), or 0187-022871 (Local). The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is 249-187-022000 (International), or 0187-022000 (Local), and ask to speak with the duty officer.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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