South Sudan

Last updated: 4/19/2017

South Sudan is the newest country in the world. Formally part of the large African nation of Sudan, it broke off from the north to become an independent country in July of 2011. South Sudan is a country where much of the population is in serious need; following years of civil war when it was part of Sudan, and continued conflict on the boarder between the two countries. South Sudan’s recent independence has opened doors for religious freedom not previously seen. Of the 62 languages in South Sudan, only eight have a Bible. Some translations are in process right now, but we still have a lot of work to do in this country to bring the Scriptures to every language who desires them. Please join us on a MAST.

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MAST

Visa:

  • We recommend you use Travel Docs Visa information They know all the ins and outs of dealing with the embassy of South Sudan.
  • Apply at least one month in advance, if possible.
  • Please send a copy of your round trip airline tickets, or itinerary or e-ticket, or letter of confirmation from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.
  • Two recent 2x2 passport photos.
  • A business letter of responsibility.
  • Invitation Letter from your host organization in South Sudan addressed to the Embassy of South Sudan explaining the purpose of your travel.
  • Please Send One Completed and Signed Application Form. South Sudan Visa Application Form.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.

 


Medical:

  • There are no vaccinations required to travel to South Sudan.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for South Sudan for the most up to date travel info.
  • Contact your health provider for other recommended vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler's diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.

     

Clothes:

  • For Men:
    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc. in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
  • For Women:
    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
  • Socially acceptable or expected footwear:
    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Please keep your shoes clean. There is a proverb, "as you dress so shall you be perceived."
  • Make sure to check the local weather before you travel!  Anywhere in the world can be chilly!  A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.


Things to bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • A small flashlight, and small battery operated fan.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.) if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when travelling). It is always good to have a copy of your passport.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Be prepared to do without running water, electricity or internet on occasion.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • You can rest assured that our translators will want to take good care of us.
  • African people are extremely kind and caring.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in South Sudan so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.