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Visa for Sudan.

Is it possible to get a visa for Sudan in Faya or is it only possible from Ndjamena?

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There is a consulate of sorts in Abeche but I don't think in Faya - could be wrong. Haven't met any travellers who got visas in Abeche - long way to come back if you don't get it, everyone we met had got it before mainly in Ndjamena or Nigeria.
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Andrew,

Forget about Abeche and Faya, you will get nothing in either place. Forget about Ndjamena, too, it takes 2 to 3 weeks, and that has been teh case consistently for teh last last couple of months, I believe. Your best bet is Abuja/Nigeria.I got my Sudan and Tschad visa in one day, same fro 2 dutch people and a large group of trcuk travellers. Then you head northeast and cross cameroun, south of teh Lake, quite an interesting and beautiful road. You will get enough sand in Sudan, so forget the northern Lake Tchad route. YOu get an easy cameroun transit visa (free) at the border, so no hassle either. From Djamena I went to Abeche via teh direct route, not too bad, sand in some stretches, but very managebale if you are half experienced and not riding a very heavy BMW. From Abeche to Adre, hassle free border crossing, then El Geneina, then Nyala, El Fasher, Umm Kedadda, E Nahud, El Obeid. I am in El Obeid now, reached teh tarmac again this morning after a very long time. The road in Sudan is mostly very sandy track, but there are a few tarmac pieces. It is not too heavy and I would advise you o take the northern route via El Fasher. I have not taken the southern one, butr believe it to be very bushy and vegetated, i.e. difficult to avoid difficult/deep ruts and tracks. In the northe there are more options, I believe, and it is very very pretty. I really enjoyed it, but fou8nd it quite tough going, in spite of considering myself quite an experienced rider in sand. The problem is not teh sand itself, but the ruts and trees beside it, hitting your handle bars and throwing you over. Re. Ndjamena, don't stay at teh Novotel, it is a shit hole, as they do not allow travellers to use their facilities anymore. I am not sure why, but can only imagine that some people misbehaved. I believe there were more than 20 people there together in December. Mail me directly if you need more info. I will be in Khartoum in 2 days time and will attempt to respond. Oh, I ride an 83 XT 600 and I consumed 8 litres of fuel per hundred kilometres, at most. I had teh standard tank (large on taht model) plus 10 litre gerry can, which is plenty for the trip.

Re. Ethiopian visa, I am not sure about Khartoum, but believe it to be easy. I got
mine in Accra, took about 3 or 4 days. The Sudan and Tchad visa cost 50 USD each.

Have fun and enjoy, it is a great trip !!

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Hiya,
Im driving an overland truck through this route leaving soon, Im planing to get those visas in Abuja Nigeria (no probs) You can get ethiopian visas in Lagos(aparently) and about 2 years ago I obtained them in Khartoum about 2 days. I will have 1 American on board does anyone know if they can get a visa for the Sudan in Abuja as I have seen Americans fly over to Addis.
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Hey Bo,

I am not sure, met 2 overland trucks who also had their americans fly over. They took British, Canadians, Ozzies, NZ etc through no problem. I specifically asked the Immigration guys atthe border and in Khartoum about visas for americans and they all told me no problem !! They said that Sudanese have no issues with Americans. Go for it !

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