LONDON, United-Kingdom, December 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Temporary withdrawal of some Embassy staff and dependants. British nationals who want to leave Juba should contact the FCO.
Due to current instability, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has taken the decision to temporarily withdraw some Embassy staff and their dependants from Juba.
We continue to advise against all travel to Juba and ask that British Nationals who wish to leave Juba contact the FCO.
If you decide to remain you should stay at home and avoid travel unless necessary.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said:
“Due to the current instability in Juba the FCO has taken the decision to temporarily withdraw some staff and dependants. The Embassy remains open, however should British Nationals in Juba require consular assistance we ask that you contact the FCO in London via text, online or by phone.”
The Travel advice for South Sudan reads:
The FCO now advise against all travel to Jonglei state and Juba. The FCO has taken the decision to temporarily withdraw some Embassy staff and their dependants.
Due to reports of fighting in Juba you should stay at home and avoid movement unless necessary. President Kiir has declared a curfew from 6pm to 6am. Reports indicate that flights to and from Juba airport are currently suspended. Further updates will be posted in this travel advice, and on the UK in South Sudan facebook page and twitter channel.
If you’re a British national and you wish to leave Juba, you should contact the FCO by:
• texting JUBA to +447860010026. You will be sent instructions on how to send the information to the FCO. Messages should be restricted to 160 characters. The reliability and cost of sending a text message varies from country to country and is dependent on the networks within those countries.
• completing a form online
• or calling us on 020 7008 1500.
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