The Australian Government is deeply troubled by the recent outbreak of violence in South Sudan and calls for calm to prevent any escalation.
It is concerning that fighting has broken out so soon after the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity in April this year. I welcome calls by President Kiir and Vice-President Machar for an immediate ceasefire and urge them to do all they can to bring their forces under control. All sides should respect and implement the August 2015 Peace Agreement.
The Australian Government has warned against travel to South Sudan since December 2013. The travel advice has now been updated to reflect the deteriorating security situation in the capital Juba, including the closure of the international airport.
All Australians in South Sudan should register their presence on the Smartraveller website and subscribe to the travel advice to receive the latest updates on the situation.
Australians in Juba should remain in a safe location, avoid movement on the streets and monitor the media. The Australian Government’s ability to provide consular services in South Sudan is extremely limited.
Anyone with concerns for the welfare of family and friends in the region should attempt to contact them direct. If direct contact cannot be made and concerns are held for their welfare, or you are in South Sudan and need assistance, you should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 or +61 2 6261 3305 if calling from overseas.
- Minister's office: (02) 6277 7500
- DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555