On August 1, 2011, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (“GOSS”) and the Republic of the Sudan signed a border security framework to be known as the “Border Monitoring Support Mission” (BMSS).  According to GOSS sources in the capital city of Juba, the BMSS is to “conduct institutional training for border police and border security mechanisms”.  This is an important first step for these neighboring countries to secure their shared border and for the GOSS to take steps to implement a formal border security and immigration policy.

As of July 9, 2011, the Republic of Southern Sudan (RSS) was recognized as the 193rd country by the United Nations and is the 54th UN member state in Africa.  As a newly-independent and sovereign country, establishing basic international recognition will take some time, as the RSS must foster diplomatic ties with other countries, create border security and immigration policy along with issuing national passports.  In addition, the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) has not yet issued a new country code for the RSS.  Please note that the ISO’s current designation for the Republic of the Sudan is “SDN”. 

Clients and travelers are advised that the main international port of entry for the RSS is Juba International Airport.  Entry permission and immigration information is not readily-available and can be checked by either contacting your Pro-Link GLOBAL immigration specialist or can be checked with the nearest GOSS Mission. However, readers are advised that travel to the RSS is considered dangerous and travelers should review the latest travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State.  Pro-Link GLOBAL will continue to monitor any new immigration policies announced by the RSS government.