Canada’s response to the crisis in Sudan
The security situation in Sudan has been very dangerous since fighting broke out between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces on April 15, 2023.
If you are a Canadian in Sudan and need emergency consular assistance, contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre. Stay informed of the situation by consulting our Travel advice and advisories page and social media channels.
Temporary immigration measures in response to the crisis in Sudan
Canada has put in place temporary measures for Sudanese nationals in Canada. Sudanese nationals in Canada can apply to extend their stay, and move between temporary resident streams, for free.
Temporary measures are also in place to help foreign national family members of citizens and permanent residents of Canada who have fled Sudan.
Emergency contact information for Canadians and permanent residents
Canadian citizens in Sudan who need emergency consular assistance can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre:
- Telephone: +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available).
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- SMS: +1 613-686-3658
- WhatsApp: +1 613-909-8881
- via Telegram at Canada Emergency Abroad
Information for Canadians and permanent residents who want to leave Sudan
Evacuation flights have ended.
Canadians and permanent residents and their families who need help should contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre. Canadian assistance for Canadian permenent residents may be limited.
We urge all Canadians in Sudan to sign up for the Government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad service, so that we can provide them with direct updates.
Commercial onward options may be available to leave Sudan via Port Sudan. However, be aware that all overland travel is extremely hazardous.
For advice and additional information, consult our Travel advice and advisories for Sudan.
How Canada is helping
Canada is working closely with the international community and regional partners to support a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Canada calls for the resumption of dialogue towards the formation of a civilian-led transitional government. Canada urges both parties to respect any ceasefire and engage in mediation efforts supported by regional partners that promote dialogue and peace.
Canada provides international assistance in Sudan, including humanitarian assistance to meet the lifesaving needs of crisis-affected populations. This includes funding for emergency food and nutrition assistance, clean water, hygiene, sanitation, health and protection services. Canada will continue working with its humanitarian partners to support their efforts to address the needs of vulnerable people affected by violence and insecurity across the country, as the context allows.
Department of National Defence
The Canadian Armed Forces received a request from Global Affairs Canada to provide military expertise and advice to the Head of Mission to assist with the development of options to support the potential evacuation of Canadians from Sudan.
A CAF Strategic Advisory Team, as well as military Liaison Officers, were deployed to Djibouti and have linked-up with allies and partner nations who are conducting similar analysis.
Additional DND/CAF personnel, including a Military Assistance Team and additional liaison and reconnaissance elements, have deployed to the region under the command of the Canadian Joint Operations Command. These CAF members will continue to liaise with our allies and partners and continue to conduct planning for potential future operations alongside partners and allies, should conditions on the ground permit.
For more information on the Canadian Armed Forces’ response to the deteriorating security situation in Sudan, visit Operation SAVANNE.
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