Global Affairs Warns Against Travel to Sudan, Shuts Embassy Following Coup

April 11, 2019 Updated: April 11, 2019

OTTAWA—Global Affairs Canada is warning Canadians to avoid all travel to Sudan after the country’s longtime leader was ousted in a military coup.

The military arrested Omar al-Bashir on Thursday following months of protests and unrest, and ordered a state of emergency.

The declaration means security forces can search any building, put restrictions on movements and travel, or arrest anyone based on a suspicion of criminal activity.

An updated travel advisory from Global Affairs Canada released after the coup d’etat notes that protests are intensifying in Sudan and the security situation could deteriorate quickly.

Sudanese demonstrators gather in a street
Sudanese demonstrators gather in a street in central Khartoum on April 11, 2019, after one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents was toppled by the army. (AFP/Getty Images)

Canadians in the country are being told to minimize their movements and avoid protests and demonstrations, which civil activists have vowed to continue.

Those caught up in the protests should shelter in place until it is safe to leave, have an emergency supply of water and food, and make sure travel documents are in order, Global Affairs Canada says in the advisory.

Given the unrest and uncertainty, the government has closed the Canadian Embassy in Khartoum.

The military’s removal of al-Bashir came days after similar protests in Algeria forced Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign as president.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sits on a wheelchair after taking oath as President, in Algiers, Algeria, on April 28, 2014. (Sidali Djarboub/AP Photo)
March against Algeria's Bouteflika
People carry national flags and banners during a protest to demand the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in Algiers, Algeria on March 29, 2019. (Ramzi Boudina/Reuters)

An updated travel advisory to that country released last week says travellers should exercise a high degree of caution over politically motivated demonstrations and strikes throughout the country.

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