The Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, covers South Sudan. In Juba, South Sudan, the Embassy has a Senior Advisor placed. Below, you can find information about travel and residence in South Sudan, a brief summary of South Sudan's recent history, as well as a description of Denmark's current cooperation with South Sudan.
Travel and residence
If you need consular services while visiting South Sudan you are to contact the Danish Embassy of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.
Danish citizens are required to have visa for South Sudan. Visas can be applied for at the South Sudanese embassy in Oslo.
The Foreign ministry advises citizens to consult the travel advice for Sudan, as well as travel advices from other countries, before travelling to South Sudan.
Please register in the Foreign Ministry's database, if you are travelling to South Sudan.
In cases of emergency, the Foreign Ministry's "24/7 Globale vagtcenter" can be contacted at +45 3392 1112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Sudan's recent history
After decades of civil war, involving the regime in Khartoum, Sudan and warring South Sudanese factions, South Sudan became an independent nation state on 9 July 2011. The independence from Khartoum inspired a good deal of enthusiasm and hopes were high for the well-resourced young nation. However, in December 2013, a long standing power struggle in the South Sudanese ruling party, SPLM (Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement), over influence and resources erupted into violent confrontation. Since the outbreak, the conflict has spread to large parts of the country, dividing the armed forces in the SPLA (Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army) and parts of the country along ethnic lines, and fueling already ongoing local level clashes over cattle, land and water.
After months of difficult peace negotiations led by IGAD Plus (IGAD, EU, UN, China and the Troika, i.e. UK, US and Norway), the two warring parties signed a peace agreement in August 2015 which focuses on continuing and further strengthening the state-building of South Sudan. Already from the onset, implementation of the agreement proved challenging and it is likely that in moving forward the process will include recurrent set-backs and deferred deadlines.
Notwithstanding the peace agreement, South Sudan suffers acute symptoms of a failing state. It is at risk of economic collapse and it faces numerous security and protection challenges. Especially women and girls suffer the consequences of living in an environment where human rights are not respected. Furthermore, massive poverty and large numbers of displaced people has cast South Sudan into a chronic humanitarian crisis.
Danish Strategy and Assistance to South Sudan
Denmark has been engaged in South Sudan even from before independence in 2011. The Danish engagement with South Sudan comprises humanitarian assistance, development engagement as well as military and civilian personnel contributions to UN’s Peacekeeping Mission (UNMISS). The strategy for Denmark’s engagement is described in the Danish Country Policy Paper for South Sudan 2016-2018 which includes three priorities:
- 1. Preventing violence and atrocities. Enhancing people's security and protection
- 2. Sustainable peace. Promoting inclusive governance and supporting the peace process including justice and reconciliation
- 3. Enhancing living conditions. Saving lives, building resilience and improving livelihoods
Straight after independence in 2011, Denmark engaged in a broad-based and flexible country development programme (2011-2015) which included strengthening local institutions, the civil society as well as equal access to education for girls and fighting gender-based violence. The new programme for Denmark's development engagement in South Sudan (2016-2018) is currently under formulation.
Download Denmark's Country Policy Paper for South Sudan 2016-2018 here, which also includes more detailed information on the situation in South Sudan.
Last updated 17.03.2016