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Travel Warning WARNING: Abyei is at the center of the low-level conflict between Sudan and South Sudan. Many governments advise against all travel to souther Sudan and to South Sudan. See the warnings on those articles for more information.
(Information last updated 01 Sep 2020)
An Abyei landscape from a UN helicopter

Abyei is a town that is administered by Sudan and claimed by South Sudan. It has been one of the flashpoints in the ongoing conflict between the two countries since the Sudanese Civil Wars, as it is disputed between the two countries.


The Abyei Area in the border region between Sudan and South Sudan

The town is heavily disputed between South Sudan and Sudan. There is no reason for travellers to come here, and it is very unsafe.

Abyei was traditionally inhabited by people of the Dinka ethnic group. In the late 2000s, the Second Sudanese Civil War took its toll and most of the Dinka have fled the town, which has now been occupied and razed by northern Sudanese forces.

Get in[edit]

Sudan's B38 Highway passes through Abyei Town.

Typical homes in Abyei

Get around[edit]

It is highly advised that you travel in an armored car. Do not wander the streets alone.


  • Traditional Sudanese huts


Abyei is home to a traditional Sudanese market.


  • Sinnaryya Restaurant



There is a UNMIS Headquarters in Abyei Town.


There are no hotels in Abyei.


  • Abyei Masjid Mosque.

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