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Old 21 Feb 2006
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Here are some up to date infos concerning Sudan:
Ethiopia – Sudan: Gonder – Border: 200 Km rocky piste, a lot of corrogation Attention: Customs 25 Km before border in Shedy GPS N 12° 46.596 E 36° 24.463. Formalities at border 2 hours, no corruption. On the Sudanese side: 75 km very bad piste then new tar road

One has to register within 3 days of arrival at an immigration office in the nearest town or in Khartum

Hotel Hilton: possible to sleep in the truck on the hotel parking GPS N 15°36.424 E 032°30.087
National Camping Residence: 15 Km out of town: GPS N 15°31.483 E 032°34.189
MAN Garage: Neilan Motors H.Q. Nogoni Street, Tel 83 780122-770193-774308 e-mail neilanmotors@hotmail.com GPS N 15°34.852 E 032°30.792

Transit Visum for Saudi Arabia:
The following documents are required:_
- Passport with visa for next country
- Letter of recommendation from your Embassy
- Document showing that your are married
- Copy of carnet
- Copy of passport
- 2 black and white photos
The application has to be filed by an accredited agent. We do NOT recommend BAHA agency. The application must be filed before 9 am and will be granted at the earliest on the next open day. The Saudi Embassy is closed Thursday, Friday and Tuesday while most European Embassies close on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Khartum – Atbara: 300 Km good tar road.
Junction for 4th Nil cataract GPS N 16° 17.145 E 32° 46.729 cataract GPS N 16° 20.212 E 32° 41.578
To the monuments of Naqa und Musawwarat turn East at GPS N 16° 32.167 E 33° 11.849.
Naqa site: GPS N 16°16.476 E 033°16.446;
Musawwarat site: GPS 16°25.570 E 033°19.278

Atbara – Suakin: 510 Km.
70 Km good tar (a new road is being built to Suakin), 25 Km tracks, 50 Km bad piste, 240 Km good piste, then new tar to Suakin

Exit formalities Suakin – Jeddah: four hours of hassling
Trip over Red Sea: 12 hours
Entrance Saudi Arabia: Immigration 10 minutes, Customs 3 hours, they ignored us and just kept us waiting

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In Khartoum, I can also reccomend the Blue Nile Saling Club for camping. 24 hr guards, cheap, safe, right on the river, close to everything.
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i wonder if its only formality to get the saudi transit visa to travel from sudan through saudi arabia towards jordan? i tried to get saudi transit for a trip from jordan to yemen and it was denied. did you actually tried that?


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