From Khartoum to Aswan: What documents do Sudanese fleeing the war need to enter Egypt?

Zeinab El-Gundy , Friday 28 Apr 2023

Ahram Online explains which official documents Sudanese citizens need if they want to enter Egypt, as they flee fighting between rival branches of their country’s armed forces.

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People cross into Egypt through the Arqeen land port with Sudan on April 27, 2023. AFP

 

As of Thursday, over 14,000 Sudanese have entered Egypt through the Qustul and Arqeen border crossings, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

However, thousands more are still waiting to enter.

Egypt has already eased requirements for Sudanese and other nationalities wishing to enter through these crossing points, including:

  • Women, children and men above the age of 50 may enter without a prior visa, but must still have a valid passport and vaccination card.

  • Men between the age of 16 to 49 are required to have a valid passport and visa in addition to a vaccination card.

Egypt’s embassy in Khartoum, its consulate in Port Sudan and its consulate office in Wadi Halfa near the Arqeen crossing are responsible for issuing visas.

From its side, the Sudanese government is also working to ease the crossing process, taking into consideration that many of those fleeing the fighting may have done so without passports or with ones that are expired, according to the Sudanese Consul in Aswan Ambassador Abdel-Kader Abdel-Allah.

For instance, children who do not have yet a passport are allowed to be added to at least one of their parents as long as they have a national ID number in Sudan. Also, expired passports may be renewed with an official Sudanese stamp for another six months.

The Sudanese government is still waiting for the Egyptian government to approve these changes, according to media statements on Thursday.

Huge crowds had gathered at border crossings between the two countries following the spread of rumours online that Egypt was allowing the entry of men ages 16-49 years old without a visa. At Arqeen, buses stood for over 48 hours waiting to make the crossing, according to Abdel-Allah.

The Sudanese diplomat pleaded in a video interview with the official news agency SUNA that Sudanese citizens without passports should head to safe Sudanese states instead of the border crossings because they make it harder for Sudanese and non-Sudanese citizens who have passports and have to wait for long hours.

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