South Sudanese passport
South Sudanese passport front cover
Issued by South Sudan
EligibilitySouth Sudanese citizenship

The South Sudanese passport is given to citizens of South Sudan for international travel. The Republic of South Sudan started issuing internationally recognised electronic passports in January 2012.[1] The passports were officially launched by President Salva Kiir Mayardit on 3 January 2012 at a ceremony in the capital city of Juba.[2] The new passport will be valid for five years.[3]

Visa requirements

As of 1 January 2017, South Sudanese citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 37 countries and territories, ranking the South Sudanese passport 96th in terms of travel freedom (tied with Ethiopian and Lebanese passports) according to the Henley visa restrictions index.[4]

2017 complications

Following economic crises and hyperinflation, it was reported in November 2017 that the German company contracted to administer the passport programme had suspended operations after failing to receive payment of a $500,000 bill.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "South Sudan Passports And IDs To Be Launched On 3 January 2012 | Sudan Radio Service". Sudan Radio Service. 27 December 2011. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  2. ^ "South Sudan launches passports and national ID cards - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan". Sudan Tribune. 5 January 2012. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "H.E Kiir launches center for issuing of national documents of RSS". Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Washington, D.C. 4 January 2012. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 2016-08-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Global Ranking - Visa Restriction Index 2017" (PDF). Henley & Partners. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-11-13. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  5. ^ "South Sudan cannot issue passports after failing to pay tech fees". Reuters. 24 November 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2018.