UK warns citizens against travel to South Sudan

UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Dominic Rennie Raab. Photo: AFP/The Mirror (UK)

Juba, October 18, 2019 (SSNA) — The United Kingdom’s government has warned its citizens against traveling to South Sudan, saying “levels of intercommunal violence remain high in the country.

In an updated version of UK’s South Sudan travel warnings obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) states that British citizens should not travel to the war-wracked young nation and urges those who are currently in South Sudan to leave.

“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to South Sudan. If you’re in South Sudan, you should leave if it’s safe to do so,” adding, “Levels of intercommunal violence remain high across the country, and there are sporadic reports of fighting between armed groups in certain areas.”

The FCO explains that the violence is likely to ‘increase in the run-up to and after the November 12 dateline for the formation of a transitional government’. The UK also warned its citizens to be cautious during the darkness hours due to what it described as “serious criminality in Juba.” The UK also urges its citizens to contact the Nairobi-based UK embassy office if they want consular assistance.

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