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Sudan: Travel Information

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what procedures his Department uses to compile its advice on travel to Sudan. (227611)

Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice is under constant review. It is thoroughly checked at least once every month and following any significant incident.

The aim of the Travel Advice for Sudan, as with elsewhere, is to provide information to enable British nationals to make informed decisions about their safety abroad.

The Travel Advice for all countries is based on information from experts. The National Travel Health Network and Centre advise on all health matters, the Met Office on weather fronts, the Department of Transport on aviation issues and our Posts and geographical desks provide a wealth of in-country expertise. Information from the intelligence services is also sought. All of the expert advice will be considered as part of the procedures prior to updating the Travel Advice.

For significant changes to the Travel Advice, including where a travel warning is put in place or removed, ministerial approval is required. We only advise against travel or all but essential travel to a country when we believe the threats are such that the safety of British travellers is at risk.

The Travel Advice for Sudan was last updated on 6 October 2008.