Sudanese Embassy in Juba Facilitates Seamless Passport and Birth Certificate Services for Nationals in South Sudan
In a landmark move, the Sudanese Embassy in Juba has initiated a streamlined process for issuing passports and birth certificates to Sudanese citizens residing in South Sudan. Mohammed Abdulgadir, the head of the Passports and Immigration Administration Office at the embassy, disclosed this development, marking a pivotal moment in diplomatic services.
Breaking new ground, Abdulgadir highlighted that the Juba embassy’s passport office, the fourth of its kind globally after Riyadh, Cairo, and Doha, will cater to all East African countries. The initiative is a testament to the tireless efforts of the Sudanese Ambassador, emphasizing the embassy’s commitment to providing essential services to its citizens abroad.
The cost of obtaining an adult passport stands at USD 255, with the Sudanese Ministry of Finance stipulating USD 250 for the passport and an additional USD 5 for a stamp. Children’s passports, valid for five years due to their evolving features, are priced at USD 130, plus USD 5 for the stamp, totaling USD 135. Moreover, the embassy is set to introduce the issuance of birth certificates for newborn Sudanese citizens in South Sudan, with a fee of USD 23.
Abdulgadir emphasized the convenience of reserving identification papers through the Sudanese Ministry of Interior’s website, modernizing the application process. However, it was clarified that the embassy is currently not issuing visas for general travel to Sudan, restricting it to travel certificates exclusively for companies, businessmen, diplomats, and politicians.
Sudanese nationals in South Sudan have expressed positive sentiments towards the new facilitation. Munir Ismail, a resident of Juba, praised the ease of the passport acquisition process, urging fellow community members to promptly obtain identification papers for a secure life in the country. Ismail emphasized the strong bond between Sudanese residents and the host communities, showcasing harmonious coexistence.
While acknowledging the simplicity of the passport application process, some residents, like Jubdul Shafi’i Adam Ibrahim, raised concerns about the USD 255 price tag, deeming it steep. Despite this, Haitham Rahamtallah, who sought residency papers to work in Juba, commended the embassy’s initiative. Rahamtallah expressed how the Sudanese Embassy’s actions have significantly alleviated challenges faced by the Sudanese community in Juba, positioning the embassy as a reliable support system for its citizens in South Sudan.