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Last update 21 August 2023Diplomatic missions

Risk index

Level 4: Termination warning throughout the country (except in case of extreme necessity)


Select passport type

Regular passport: visa not required

Diplomatic passport: visa not required

Official passport: visa not required

We call on Bulgarian citizens to refrain from travelling!

Republic of South Sudan

The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in the capital Juba. Bulgarian citizens residing in South Sudan on a short or long-term basis may address consular matters to the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Federal Republic of Ethiopia

Address: Bole KK, Kebele 04/06/07, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mailing address: P.O.Box 987 Addis Ababa, FDR of Ethiopia
Telephone: +251 11 66 100 32
Fax: +251 11 66 162 70
Out-of-hours hotline: +251911252514; +251913069999
Working hours: Mon – Fri, 09:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 18:00
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/ethiopia

The Republic of South Sudan does not have an embassy accredited to Bulgaria. The closest to Bulgaria South Sudanese Embassy is in Brussels.

Embassy of South Sudan in Brussels

Address: Rue de la Loi 26, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Telephone: +32 22 80 23 55
Fax: +32 22 80 31 44
Working hours: 09:00 – 17:00:
Website: www.goss-brussels.com

General information

Security level:

The situation in the country is unstable. Street crime is characteristic of both the smaller towns in the country and the capital city of Juba. If you are staying in South Sudan, avoid travelling outside the capital and in the dark part of the day.
The level of general crime is high throughout the country. Typical crimes include pick-pocketing, robbery, armed robbery, increased incidents of car theft, burglaries homes and hotels, drug distribution offences, and racially motivated physical and mental harassment.
Cases of armed attacks by relatively small criminal groups on residential and commercial buildings to rob valuables and money are on the rise. These attacks are often carried out during daylight hours in the presence of building occupants.
Particular care should be taken when visiting banking establishments. It is a practice for local criminal groups to monitor bank customers and assault them after they leave the bank.


Health care in the country is at an extremely low level. There is no ambulance system. When visiting local hospitals and doctors, misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment are common. When staying in South Sudan, we advise Bulgarian citizens who need specific medications to stock up on them in advance and keep the necessary amount in their possession for their entire stay in the country.
We strongly advise persons with specific medical conditions requiring medical monitoring not to travel to the country. There are increased risks of malaria and abdominal typhus in South Sudan.

Recommended vaccines and personal hygiene advice:

No special immunizations are required.

For up-to-date information on mandatory and/or recommended vaccines you may contact the Regional Health Inspectorates in the country. Yellow fever vaccine is administered at the following regional health inspectorates: Sofia Regional Health Inspectorate; Varna RHI; Burgas RHI; Pleven RHI; Plovdiv RHI; Blagoevgrad RHI and Ruse RHI.

Customs requirements:

There are no restrictions on the import of foreign currency that is not declared. You can import up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 1 lb of tobacco duty-free The export of local currency is prohibited. There are no customs restrictions on the export of goods.

Traffic on roads:

When driving a car, it should be borne in mind that road conditions are complicated, in most places there is no pavement. Barely 500 km of the country's roads are paved. Driving is further hampered during the rainy season from June to November. There is a lack of sewerage in the country, which is the cause of frequent flooding of roads during this period.
Due to the difficult road conditions and safety risks, we do not recommend driving or going outside the capital city of Juba.

Practical advice:

In addition to the above warnings, it is advisable to observe the following when travelling to Egypt:
• To maintain good personal hygiene;
• Drink only mineral water;
• Thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables that are to be eaten.

Local currency:

South Sudanese pound (SSP). It is advisable to use US dollars in cash

Travel papers and visas

An international passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the country.
Bulgarian citizens can travel to South Sudan only with visas (for regular, official and diplomatic passports).
They can be obtained at any embassy abroad.
In Europe, the closest to Bulgaria is the South Sudanese Embassy in Brussels.

Competitive service

Certifications and legalizations

The documents drawn up for Bulgarian citizens in South Sudan should bear the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Sudan, after which they should be certified at one of the Embassies of South Sudan and the respective Bulgarian Embassy.
Once the documents have been so prepared, they must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized translation agency in Bulgaria and the translation must be certified by the Department of Certifications and Legalizations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

European Emergency Travel Document

In extreme situations — in case of damage, loss or theft of a passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at an Embassy of an EU Member State in Juba. Embassies in the capital Juba have: the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands.


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