COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in South Sudan (16 October Update)

Can a resident enter the country?

  • Yes, with exception.

  • Everyone entering South Sudan should get approval from the National Taskforce.

Can a foreigner enter the country?

  • Yes, with exception.

  • Foreign nationals are allowed to enter, however, everyone entering South Sudan should get approval from the National Taskforce.

Test certificate required?

  • Yes with exception

  • Arriving travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours prior to their arrival. South Sudan nationals and residents are exempt.

Is quarantine required on arrival?

  • Yes

  • Anyone entering the nation will be assigned to a 14-day quarantine.

Airline restrictions

  • Moderate

  • International and domestic flight services are operating. Commercial flights are very limited.

Border restrictions

  • Significant

  • Land borders are open, but due to the restrictions in the neighbouring countries, borders are effectively still closed.

  • Issuance of visas remains suspended.

  • Tourism is not allowed until further notice.

  • Everyone entering South Sudan should get approval from the National Taskforce.

Curfew restrictions

  • Minimal

  • There is no curfew in place.

Internal travel restrictions

  • Yes with exception

  • Services of bodabodas, rickshaws, and taxis have resumed with limitations on the number of passengers and with mandatory face masks for both driver and passengers.

  • Restrictions remain in effect on inter-state movement and public transport.

Non-essential shops open?

  • Yes

  • Shops, stores, and markets can conduct business with a maximum of five persons inside the store at a time.

  • All businesses must follow social distancing measures.

Accommodations open?

  • Yes

  • Hotels are allowed to re-open.

Restaurants open?

  • Yes

  • Restaurants can open during non-curfew hours.

Bars and cafes open?

  • Yes

  • Bars can open during non-curfew hours.

Places of worship open?

  • Yes

  • Mosques have been re-opened at a reduced capacity.

Events allowed?

  • No with exception

  • All social gatherings such as weddings will remain suspended. Gatherings at funerals should not exceed more than 50 people.

Masks required in public?

  • Yes

  • Face covers or masks are mandatory for all in public places.


  • Schools will remain suspended.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is constantly changing worldwide. This information is subject to change as the situation evolves. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Some countries are beginning to remove some restrictions gradually. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.