UK issues travel alert to Sudan amid insecurity concerns

UK issues travel alert to Sudan amid insecurity concerns
Sir Philip Robert Barton KCMG OBE is a British diplomat, currently the Permanent Under-Secretary of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (photo credit: The Guardian)

The United Kingdom has on Tuesday issued a travel alert to its citizens planning to travel to Sudan in the wake of a failed coup attempt that prompted insecurity.

In a statement released by the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO), the citizens are advised against all forms of travel in every part of Sudan.

The FCDO and the British Embassy in the statement said they are in contact with the authorities and that they are urgently seeking further information following the reports of the incident in Khartoum Sudan.

“You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities,” the statement partly read.

Darfur, Abyei Region, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile states are some of the areas marked by the UK government as risky.

Other parts making the list are a southern area of West Kordofan that was previously part of South Kordofan, as shown on the map within 50km of the border with South Sudan in White Nile and Sennar states within 200km of the border with Libya.

Sudan failed coup attempt came Tuesday morning as dissatisfaction with the Sudanese transitional government continues.

A senior military official revealed earlier that 40 soldiers suspected to be behind the coup plot have been arrested. While Sudanese authorities say the situation is under control, security volatility lingers.

On Tuesday, the FCDO has also advised against all non-essential travels to the whole of Sudan based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

The FCDO has advised against all but essential travel to areas within 100km of the border with Egypt in areas west of the Nile Valley within 20km of the border with Eritrea within 20km of the border with Ethiopia areas of North Kordofan and West Kordofan states south of the Kost-El Obeid-En Nahud road.