Official languages ​​are English and Arabic.

Public Holidays

12/25/2022 Christmas


The dates given for Islamic holidays are calculated according to the lunar calendar and therefore shift from year to year.

During the month of Ramadan (2011: August 1-31; 2012: July 20-August 19), which precedes the feast of Eid al-Fitr. During this time, Muslims are forbidden from eating, drinking or smoking from sunrise to sunset, which can lead to interruptions or deviations in the normal course of business (including reduced opening hours of shops and authorities) and therefore to restrictions for travellers.

Many restaurants outside the hotels are closed during the day, and the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes is restricted or e.g. T. even strictly forbidden, even for non-Muslim vacationers. In hotel complexes it must be taken into account that meals and drinks during Ramadan may only be taken in the hotel restaurant or in the room.

Travelers should expect increased sensitivity in religious matters as well as in respect of Islamic traditions.

Some interruptions may also occur during Eid al-Fitr. This festival, like Eid al-Adha, is indefinite and can last from 2-10 days depending on the region.

Duty free shopping

Import regulations

There are still no uniform regulations for the import regulations. Therefore, individual decisions may have to be taken into account when entering the country. Alcohol and cigarettes may be imported in quantities customary internationally. More information is available from

Prohibited Exports

Finds from ancient excavation sites and protected plants and animals (including ivory, see also the Annex to the Washington Species Protection Agreement) may not be exported.

Contact addresses

Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan

(Also responsible for Austria.)

Leipziger Platz 8
+49 (0)30 20 64 45 90.

Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.30.

Embassy of South Sudan (Europe)

(Also responsible for Austria.)

20, Avenue des Gaulois
+32 (0)2 280 23 55.

Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00. Consular Dept.: Mon-Fri 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Embassy of South Sudan
23 Avenue de France
+41 (0)22 740 57 36

Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00.


Business etiquette

A light suit or costume is appropriate. Punctuality ranks lower than patience and courtesy. A personal introduction to the business partner is an advantage.

Opening hours

Sat-Thu 08.00-14.30.


No information is currently available.

main exports

Petroleum, wood, millet, peanuts, meat, animal skins, livestock.

main imports

Petroleum and petroleum products, wheat and wheat flour, means of transport, food, finished goods.

Main trading partners

Sudan, Uganda, Kenya.



Country code: +247. (According to, this country code is for Sudan and will remain valid (at least for a time) for independent South Sudan.)


No landline connections. There are roaming contracts with some international mobile phone companies. Reception is in larger cities.


Internet access is available in larger cities.


The largest English-language daily newspaper is the Sudan Tribune (Internet:

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