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Sudan Embassy London - v. strange

I have just returned from a very frustrating visit to the Sudanese Embassy in London.

I was originally planning to head through the Sudan in November and so, accordingly applied for my visa in August.
After postponing the trip until April this year, I notified the embassy and collected my passport back from them.
I went in today to reapply, only to be told that they still hadn't received an answer back from Khartoum for my original application (I never cancelled the application) and that I could not re-apply.

"No problem", I thought and asked them if they were prepared to contact Khartoum to chase up my original application and at the same time change the entry dates. After all, the original dates have by now expired.
"No can do", was the answer.

SO do I :
a) call the embassy next week in the hope of speaking to a different official who may be more helpful.

b)Cancel my application and apply from Cairo.

I don't really want to do the latter as, being so close to summer, I'm not keen to risk spending a month in Egypt waiting for a visa and then having to drive through Sudan in mid-summer.

Can anyone who has had dealings with the Sudanese Embassy please give me any advice on how to tackle this issue?

Geoff
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hi driver.
take it easy .i think you can have it in the same day from cairo (in afew hours) if you have a recomandation letter from your forign ministry .or in 2 or 3 days without that letter, i had to friends (bikers ) from holland and germany and they had no problems.any way i will try to call them in cairo and get the details but just send me some informations about you and your nationality ,pla pla ,
my name is omar .i,m in alexandria ,egypt.and i,m motorbiker too.i love to help travellers .ok??
bye
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Hi Geoff,

These are the facts! (I am in Cairo now)

-Sudan embassy open from sunday to wednesday from 9-11 am
-Bring a letter of Recomm. from your embassy in Cairo
-4 passport foto's
-56 dollars (only dollars accepted!)

You will have to be back at the embassy at 1500 hours to pick up your visa, but try to pay for your visa in the morning as the cash office will be closed in the afternoon! (Or come back the next day at 1000 hours)

Be patients with the people as they are really african! And have a laugh when you pickup your visa as when you enter the office upstairs you will see why they say your application might get lost behind the radiator!!!!

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Thanks Fuchur,
Great website by the way, I've been following you for the last momth or so.
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