Sudan: Requirements and procedures to obtain a Sudanese passport, including business passports; information on appearance and security features; information on the prevalence of fraudulent passports (2015-2017)

Published: 13/Jul/2017
Source: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada


1. Overview

According to a 2015 case study document on electronic passports in Sudan, published by HJP Consulting, a company that “provided [c]onsulting and [p]roject [m]anagement [s]ervices for the planning, procurement, testing and implementation of the Sudanese [electronic] passport project” (HJP Consulting 9 June 2015a), electronic passports have been in place since 25 November 2008, after a migration from hand-written passports to electronic-passports (HJP Consulting 9 June 2015b, 5-6).

A 2012 article by the National, a newspaper published in the United Arab Emirates, cites the Sudanese Ambassador in Dubai as stating that Sudanese electronic passports were introduced in 2009 (The National 5 Aug. 2012). According to the same source,

[t]here are three versions of the new electronic passport: a citizen’s passport containing 48 pages and valid for five years, a commercial passport for frequent travellers containing 64 pages and valid for seven years and a 32-page passport issued to children. (The National 5 Aug. 2012)

The 2012 article by the National further reports that, due to “problems [that] have delayed their availability at embassies around the world,” new electronic passports will be issued in September 2012 for the first time outside Sudan, at the Sudanese consulate in Dubai (The National 5 Aug. 2012). Corroborating information could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate within the time constraints of this Response.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Sudan
Year: 2017