Foreign visitors may drive in Sudan with their valid International driving permits and domestic driver licenses for 3 months.

The main Sudanese road traffic rules:

  • Traffic moves on the right side of the road.
  • The minimum driving age is 18 years. The minimum age to drive bus or mini-bus is 24 years.
  • Driving while under the influence of drink or drugs is illegal. The permitted blood alcohol level is 0.0%.
  • Speed limits are: on highways 130 km/h (81 mph), in urban areas 50 km/h (31 mph), outside urban areas 90 km/h (50 mph) in congested areas and school zones 40 km/h (25 mph).
  • Two warning triangles must be present in any cars.
  • Motorcyclists must wear helmets while riding.
  • Drivers and all passengers from front and rear seats must use seat belts while driving.
  • Any motorcyclist may not carry more than one person.
  • At intersections, traffic from right has a right of way.
  • Right turns on a red light are prohibited.
  • A driver of commercial vehicle is not permitted to drive for more than eight hours in any period of 24 hours.
  • The third-party liability insurance is mandatory.
  • It is not permitted to use a handheld mobile telephone while driving.
  • Headlights should be turned on at all times.
  • The police phone number is 999.

Additional information:

  • Driving at night is spatially dangerous as many vehicles operate without lights and pedestrians and animals are common on the roads.
  • A motor vehicle license must be fixed on the windscreen in a manner that it be visible and legible.
  • Every person driving a vehicle must carry his driver license and/or International driving permit and roadworthiness certificate; the latter is available from the embassy.
  • Vehicle carrying explosives, ammunition, petroleum or other inflammable substance may not stay for more than 20 minutes within any built up areas. The exception is areas designated for parking of such vehicles and when unloading.
  • Women are allowed to drive in Sudan.

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