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28 Jun 2020 | 02:15 AM UTC

Sudan: Khartoum International Airport closure extended until July 12 /update 13

Sudan News Alert

Authorities extend closure of Khartoum International Airport until July 12; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/17/2020, 11:00 PM until 6/30/2020, 10:59 PM (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Sudan

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State media reported on Saturday, June 27, that the Sudan Civil Aviation Authority has further extended the closure of Khartoum's International Airport (KRT) until at least 02:00 (local time) on July 12 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Flights carrying cargo, humanitarian aid, oil workers, or repatriating foreigners continue to be exempt from this measure.

Authorities in Sudan extended the lockdown in Khartoum state until June 29. The 15:00 to 06:00 curfew remains in place. Individuals are only allowed limited movement within their neighborhoods to purchase necessities. Only essential services are open, with supermarkets and pharmacies operating on limited hours. The ban on travel between Khartoum and other parts of the country has also been extended.

As of June 27, there have been 9257 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sudan, with 572 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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