Read here all about how to get your Sudan visa in Aswan based on my experience as a Dutch passport holder in December 2017.
This article was updated in December 2018.
IMPORTANT Feb 2020: Please see the comment section below for more actual information. The best place to get a visa seems Cairo at the moment. The best way to get up-to-date information are the Facebook groups (e.g. Backpacking Africa, overlanding Africa etc.).
Sudan visa in Aswan, Egypt
Where is the Sudanese embassy in Aswan located?
The Consulate of the Republic of Sudan is located in Aswan’s southern part. It’s clearly marked on Google Maps and Maps.me. You can get there by bus (the buses leave from Cataract, get out at El-Sadat street) for only a few cents.
Address of the Consulate of the Republic of Sudan in Aswan: P.O.Box 11843 Aswan، 12 El-Sadat, Qism Aswan, Aswan Governorate 11843, Egypt Phone: +20 97 2307231
What are the opening hours of the Sudanese embassy?
- Opening hours embassy: 08.30-12.30. It’s closed on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
- There is no need to make an appointment for the embassy.
What do you need for your Sudanese visa application?
- 2 passport photographs
- 1 photocopy of your passport and your Egyptian visa (there is a photocopy shop nearby)
- Form (they will give this at the embassy)
- Blank page in your passport
What are the costs of a Sudanese visa?
- 50 USD’s for a single entry 1-month visa. They don’t accept Egyptian or Sudanese currency.
- 1 month is the maximum.
- Multiple-entries is not possible (My friend tried, but they really would not give it to him).
Update December 2018: according to fellow travelers, the price now changed to 150 USD!
How many days does it take to get your Sudanese visa in Aswan?
When I was there, all travelers got their visa the next working day. E.g. If you hand in your passport on Tuesday, you will get it on Thursday!
Tips for your visit to the Sudanese consulate!
- Get there early! The embassy opens at 08.30AM
- As a foreigner, you can sit in a small, but busy waiting room. There were at least six other travelers applying on the same day as me!
- The friendly guy from the embassy will give you a form to fill out and ask for your other paperwork
- Then, your papers land on a pile of other papers and it’s a lot waiting.
- After 3 hours of waiting, you will get a receipt and they will ask you to come back and collect your visa the next working day between 10-12.30 PM
—> Check the comment section at the bottom of this page for the latest update of fellow travelers
The border crossing from Egypt to Sudan
Take an early morning big bus from Aswan at 5 AM (or 8 AM) for 200 EGP. It’s best to book one day beforehand. The bus will be overloaded, but generally, there is enough place to sit. The bus may leave later than planned… From there, you drive towards Abu Simbel for a fish lunch with fellow passengers. From Abu Simbel, you will take a small ferry and after that, it’s only a few minutes to the actual border. You have to pay a small exit fee on the Egypt side. Help your fellow passengers to unload all their tv’s and water cookers etc. and after that, it’s a lot of waiting.
Then, it’s time to get on the bus again (this time the bus gets really messy, because of slopping loading quickly) and to move on to the Sudanese border, which is more efficient. You get a piece of paper with a stamp, which is really important to hold on to. They will also ask you to pay some transportation fee (60SDG). In another report, this is described as a border scam. Personally, I have no reason to believe it’s a scam. Sudan has no scamming culture. At the border, you can also change some money. After that, it’s only a short ride to Wadi Halfa. I arrived just after sunset and stayed at the Canggu Hotel. If you go all the way to Khartoum, you will have to wake up early in the morning again to continue your journey.
Registration and other paperwork once you’re in Sudan
Let me know if you have any questions about getting your Sudan visa in Aswan! Or leave a comment if you have recent experience in obtaining your Sudanese visa!