South Sudan Visa Policy

Browse the South Sudan visa policy and learn about South Sudanese travel requirements for your nationality.

Visa Policy for South Sudan

The visa policy of South Sudan determines who may enter the Republic in East-Central Africa without a visa and if a foreign citizen needs a visa for the country.

At present, there aren’t any countries that do not need a visa for South Sudan, although citizens of Tanzania are able to obtain a visa on arrival at border entry checkpoints.

All other foreign citizens need a visa obtained in advance to visit South Sudan regardless of the amount of time they wish to spend or the purpose of travel.

Travelers from around 45 countries are required to visit a diplomatic government office in person to apply for a visa for South Sudan. However, the majority of foreign passport holders are now able to apply for a South Sudanese e-Visa through a simple online application.

This protocol eliminates the need to obtain a paper travel document from an embassy or consulate. Applicants are simply required to complete a basic electronic form, upload any necessary supporting documents in digital form, and pay a visa fee to receive an approved e-Visa for South Sudan sent by email.

An electronic visa for South Sudan may be issued for a variety of travel purposes, including for tourism, business, transit, or to work or study. It may be granted for a range of periods of stay and validity, and as either a single entry or multiple entry e-Visa depending on the needs of the applicant.

There are not currently any visa bans for South Sudan in place for any foreign nationality.

Find further information about the different visa types for South Sudan in the boxes below.

Tourist Visa Policy for South Sudan

South Sudan immigration policy regarding tourism identifies over 240 countries that need a tourist visa to visit the African nation. There are not currently any foreign citizens who are able to enjoy a stay for tourism without a visa.

Passport holders of Tanzania are currently able to obtain a tourist visa on arrival at South Sudanese border checkpoints. All other foreign nationals are required to obtain either a tourist e-Visa online or visit an embassy of South Sudan to obtain a visa for tourism in person.

An online tourist visa for South Sudan is available for up to 200 nationalities through a simple online application which only takes minutes to complete with basic personal, passport, and travel information. It is usually processed and approved within a few business days, and so eliminates the long waits associated with the processing of an embassy tourist visa.

A South Sudanese eVisa for tourism may be issued for a single entry or multiple entries and for a variety of periods of permitted stay and validity, depending on the requirements of the individual applicant.
These different tourist visa types for South Sudan are explored in greater detail below.


Due to South Sudanese immigration policy changes introduced in September 2020 during the global coronavirus pandemic, travelers from approximately 200 countries and territories are now able to apply for an e-Visa for South Sudan exclusively online from the comfort of their homes.

The South Sudan online visa program was implemented in order to remove the need for foreign citizens to visit an embassy or consulate in person to submit an application and improve the safety and convenience of the process. The simple e-Visa form can be completed in a matter of minutes with basic contact and personal data, passport information, and travel details.

An e-Visa for South Sudan may be issued as either a tourist visa, business visa, work visa, student visa, resident visa, among other visa options. It is necessary to indicate the visa type required when completing the online form and upload varying supporting documentation depending on the option the applicant requires.

After paying the e-Visa fee and submitting the form, travelers receive the approved electronic visa for South Sudan sent to a current email address within a few business days. They can then print a copy to present upon arrival at an immigration checkpoint in South Sudan.

Find below a complete list of nationalities able to submit a South Sudanese e-Visa application online.

E-VISA: Country list

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Visa on Arrival

South Sudanese visa laws state that there is currently only one nationality able to obtain a visa on arrival for South Sudan: citizens of fellow East African Community (EAC) member state Tanzania. This is because Tanzania waives visa restrictions for South Sudan passport holders.

A South Sudanese visa on arrival is a type of travel document issued to citizens of Tanzania by immigration officials at a border entry checkpoint, free of charge.

To obtain a South Sudan visa on arrival, nationals of Tanzania are able to go directly to immigration control after disembarking their transportation. They are then required to wait in a border queue to be issued a visa on arrival.

It should be noted that holders of an identity card issued by the United Nations may be issued a visa on arrival as long as they also present a clearance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Sudan. Diplomatic, official, service, and special passport holders of any nationality are also eligible to obtain a South Sudanese visa on arrival.

Check if you are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival for South Sudan by checking the list below.

Visa on Arrival: Country list

  • Tanzania

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

South Sudanese rules and regulations regarding visa policy currently identify up to 45 countries whose citizens are required to obtain a visa from an embassy or consulate of South Sudan in advance of travel.

These nationalities require an approved embassy or consular visa for South Sudan to visit the African nation no matter the intended duration of stay or motive for the visit. The application protocol first requires the individual to make an embassy appointment at the nearest diplomatic government office to South Sudan to their permanent residence.

It is also necessary to complete an embassy visa application to bring to the confirmed consular appointment, alongside a variety of supporting documents. This documentation varies depending on whether the visitor needs a tourist visa, transit visa, business visa, work visa, resident visa, or student visa.

Before the application can be submitted for processing, the traveler will also be asked to pay a mandatory visa processing fee. As it may take several weeks for a request to be processed and approved, visitors are advised to apply well in advance of the intended date of arrival in South Sudan.

Discover a comprehensive list of nationalities who need an embassy visa for South Sudan below.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

  • Aland Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Aruba
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Curacao
  • Egypt
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gibraltar
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sint Maarten
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Tokelau
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna

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