During the rainy season (May to October) roads can become extremely difficult, even for off-road vehicles. On 9 August 2013, a bridge in the capital Freetown collapsed due to a landslide caused by heavy rain. At least six people were killed. You should exercise due caution when travelling by road throughout the season.
Visitors to the British High Commission Freetown should take care due to road works immediately outside, affecting access for visa and consular customers.
None of the options for transferring between the international airport at Lungi and Freetown is risk-free. You should study the transfer options carefully before travelling, especially if you plan to arrive at night. See Local Travel (Getting to Freetown from the airport).
Strong currents are common at beaches in Sierra Leone and there is no lifeguard or emergency service. Drownings have occurred.
Petty crime is common and violent crime is increasing, particularly around public holidays. Take particular care in the central commercial district, Lumley Beach, Aberdeen and eastern areas of Freetown. See Crime.
Travel outside the Western Area can be difficult, as roads and infrastructure are poor. See Local travel.
There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.
There are few health facilities in Sierra Leone and medical care is poor. Most health care providers will expect payment before treatment. See Health.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.