Egypt, Sudan Reach Agreement on Movement and Residency of Nationals

What’s behind the Sudanese – Egyptian tensions?

Egypt and Sudan agree to fix problems faced by citizens of both countries regarding residency, freedom of movement and visa costs.
Egypt reached an agreement with Sudan to fix problems faced by citizens of both countries regarding residency, freedom of movement and visa costs. (Photo: Archive)

BY AHRAM ONLINE

Egypt’s foreign ministry announced an agreement between Egypt and Sudan that would fix problems faced by citizens of both countries over the past months, regarding residency, freedom of movement and visa costs, Arabic Ahram website reported, citing a statement from the ministry.



The agreement came out of an urgent meeting of the joint Egyptian-Sudanese consulate committee at the Egyptian foreign ministry headquarters in Cairo, attended by representatives of both countries.

The meeting covered the return of confiscated property to Sudanese miners who were pardoned by the Egyptian president in August 2015, after they were previously arrested.  The parties also agreed to rush the return of that property — including mining equipment — over the Egyptian-Sudanese border.

Sudanese newspapers reported that 37 Sudanese miners were arrested in Egypt in March 2015 on charges related to illegal entry into Egypt.

Egyptian officials stressed during the meeting that “any Sudanese person who has been living in Egypt since before 1995 is treated here like an Egyptian citizen”.

The statement added that “both sides agreed to continue visa exemptions for diplomatic and special  passport holders,” along with women and citizens above 50 and below 16 from the two countries.

The visa exemptions will also cover Egyptian and Sudanese citizens who have valid residency in the Gulf, US, Canada, European countries and Australia.

Both sides agreed to provide six-month visas free of charge to male, regular passport holders, which can be renewed for another six months.

Both sides stressed that citizens should renew their residencies on time, and agreed to consider cancelling retroactive fees for people currently residing in either country who have overstayed their visas.

In April, Sudan began requiring Egyptian men aged 18 to 49 to apply for visas in order to enter the country.

While Egyptians could previously enter Sudan without a visa under a deal signed between the two countries in 2004, in practice Sudanese nationals had to obtain visas before entering Egypt.

In 2004, Egypt and Sudan signed the Four Freedoms Agreement, which said that Egyptian and Sudanese citizens could move freely between the two countries to reside, work and own property in either nation without a visa.


  • Meaza

    This must be a very bad news to TPLF regime. Any conflict between Sudan and Egypt is taken as a blessing given its self induced conflict with Egypt over the dam on the nile river. Ethiopia should face a problem that it creates and looking for countries to come to its rescue is futile.

    • Ebay-Asmara

      The weyanus, are dumb! They don’t realize, Sudan is using them as a card, to bolster their negotiating position with Egypt. They will drop the weyane as fast as a hot potatoe, the moment they come to an agreement with Egypt. They’re, after all, the biggest arab wannabes on earth.

  • For your information …

    Somaliland decided to sell 19% of stake in the Berbera Port joint venture with Emirates’ DP World.
    UAE = 46%
    Ethiopia = 19%
    Somaliland = 35%

    • Balance

      [**] There will always be room for our cousins once we get the real Eritreans in power, just be patient.

      • ብኣህዛብ ዞባና ኣብ ልዕሊ ትግራይን ትግራዋይን ተፈጢሩ ዘሎ መጠኑ ዝሓለፎ ጽልኢን ቅርሕንትን ኣይንርኣዮ’ዩ። ንገዛእ ነብስኻ ዶ ደቀይ በንዚን ነስኒስካ ክርቢት ትሽርጥት ኢኻ? (#EriPic)

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/062da43120d3fc12c060c094798dd1700114386feceeb853cf1d643d137937fb.jpg

      • Berhane

        Who “we” does state of emergency ring a bell???? Or your memory is that short?

        While the move is good for Ethiopia not to alow UAE/DP to use thier clout as a leverage still amaizes me how you think of us. Your own complex will make you sick. If you are already.

      • mikejones

        hahahahahhaaha kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk . you are not our cousin just cos you speak a broken tigrigna language.

        • Halhal

          This one fits the definition of broken tigrigna:))

      • Alem Mehari

        Ayte Ugum
        You have nothing to offer except begging to just get humiliated by the masters. You as your antiquated siblings are living in no vision world except to copy others work ” the phrases you try to use has been applied in my short comment every now and then, because the real Ethiopians who represent their country can make a deal with us. An individual like you who live in ambiguity Tigrians in the morning and when the tide is against you in no time you dresses as Ethiopian trying to be “catholic more than the pope”
        I commend TN have allowed you to freely spam this amazing forum with your MLLT hate propaganda. You should have been thrown to where you belong: The disreputable sites, TOL, Walta ENN and more, run by none other the criminal gangs.

    • Sancho

      ኢትዮጵያ ከቻይና ባንኮች ብቻ እኤአ ከ2000-2014 ከፍተኛ ብድር ከወሰዱ አምስት የአፍሪካ አገራት መካከል በሁለተኛ ደረጃ ላይ እንደምትገኝ በጆን ሆፕኪንስ ዩንቨርሲቲ የቻይና አፍሪካ ጥናት ማእከል አስታወቋል።

      ጥናቱ በተጠቀሱት ዓመታት ብቻ አንጎላ 21 ነጥብ 2 ቢሊዮን ዶላር ብድር ስትወስድ፣ ኢትዮጵያ በ12 ነጥብ 3 ቢሊዮን ዶላር ሁለተኛ ብድር ወሳጅ አገር ተብላለች። ሱዳን በ 5 ነጥብ ስድስት ቢሊዮን ፣ ኬኒያ 5 ነጥብ 2 ቢሊዮን ዶላር ብድር ወስደዋል።

      አንጎላ፤ ኢትዮጵያ እና ሱዳን የመሳሰሉ አገራት ስለብድሩ በግልጽ ስለማያወሩ፣ ብድሩ ስለአመጣው ጥቅምና ጉዳት መናገር እንደማይቻል ጥናቱ አመልክቷል። የእዳ ጫናውን አስመልክቶ ሂዋንግ ሲናገሩ ”የብድር ስምምነነቱ ለምን ያህል ጊዜ እንደሆነ ማወቅ አይቻልም። የብድሩ አስፈላጊነት ጨምሮ በምን ላይ እንደሚውል እንዲሁም በአገራቱ ላይ ብድሩ ስለ ሚያስከትለው አሉታዊ ጫና በግልጽ አይታወቅም” ማለታቸውን አፍሪካንስ ቢዝነስ ዘግቧል።

      ኢትዮጵያ እኤአ ከ2014 እስከ 2017 ምን ያክል ገንዘብ ከቻይና እንደተበደረች አልተገለጸም። ከቻይና የተወሰዱት ብድሮች አብዛኞቹ በ10 አመት እድሜ ውስጥ የሚከፈሉ ናቸው። አትዮጵያ ከሌሎች አለማቀፍ የገንዘብ ተቋማት፣ ከግል ባንኮችና ከምእራባውያን መንግስታት ተመሳሳይ መጠን ያለው ገንዘብ በብድር መልክ ወስዳለች። አገሪቱ ከአለማቀፍ መንግስታት እና አገራት የተበደረችውን የገንዘብ መጠን እስካሁን በትክክል ይፋ አላዳረገችም።

  • That Damn Dam:

    Alongside the Halayeb issue, Egypt-Sudan relations are being battered by the opposing stances held by Cairo and Khartoum regarding the Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia. The $4.2 billion, 6,000 MW mega-project is a key development priority for Ethiopia, and is supported by Sudan, which is also seeking to benefit from electricity generation.

    To this end, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to launch a free trade zone and railroad to aid equitable water usage. Egypt in turn fears the project will jeopardize the water levels of the Nile, threatening Egyptian hydroelectric production and water consumption.

    Similar concerns from downstream nations are common in such projects; what differentiates this dispute is the level of rhetoric employed. In 2013 Egyptian officials inadvertently broadcast their talk of potentially sabotaging the dam on national television. More recently, Ethiopia has claimed that Egypt’s efforts to secure a military base in rival Eritrea aims to “sabotage the construction of Ethiopia’s mega-dam project by supporting Eritrean sponsored anti-government forces,” according to Redda Mulgeta, People Republican Democratic Front MP. This comes as pro-regime Egyptian activists demonstrated against Sudan’s Bashir after his visit to Ethiopia.

    Sudan and Ethiopia have also warned of a potential Egyptian strike against the dam following the purchase of 24 Rafale jets from France. With said purchase, Egypt’s air force would have the range to target the dam (ironically from airbases near Egypt’s own Aswan dam) 1,500 kilometres to the south. With the dam’s proximity to the Ethiopia-Sudan border and Sudan’s outmatched air force, a potential Egyptian strike would face minimal resistance.

    Source: The Economist

  • Efforts at a meeting to discuss tensions between Sudan and Egypt on April 9th fell through, with Egyptian officials blaming bad weather – a dubious excuse. More recently, Sudan has implemented a ban on all Egyptian males aged 18-50, citing terrorism concerns.

    During this same period, Egypt angered Sudan by voting against lifting sanctions on Sudan imposed under UN resolution 1591.

    Sanctions were unlikely to be lifted with or without Egypt’s vote, so Cairo decision to vote against the motion carried no risk to relations with partners such as the U.S while giving the government an international venue on which to humiliate Sudan. Moreover, the continuing arms embargo on Sudan works in Egypt’s favour should the two countries initiate border skirmishes.

  • Tuli

    Don’t you now TPLF has no 1 air force in Africa, piloted all by retarded malnourished Tigres, who have no idea where they are flying. If conflict arises, be prepared to burry these spider legs pilots falling off the sky like flies. Most of them may land with their out-dated junk in Eritrea soil. Sorry you are going to be busy cleaning the rubbish!