Foreign travel advice

Sierra Leone

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office no longer advise against all but essential travel to Sierra Leone. You should check this travel advice carefully before planning any travel to Sierra Leone, and continue to take precautions against infection by Ebola.

There is a low threat from terrorism. You should be vigilant after recent attacks in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso, especially in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism

The World Health Organisation declared Sierra Leone Ebola transmission free on 17 March 2016 following a contained outbreak on 20 January 2016.

If you travel to Sierra Leone, especially whilst on business, you should stay in contact with your employer or host organisation about the support that they can provide to you while you’re in the country, and if you should wish to leave. Screening measures are in place for both inbound and outbound travellers at Lungi International Airport.

If you travel outside the Freetown peninsula, try to complete your travel during the hours of daylight, inform your employers of your whereabouts and make sure they have copies of your itinerary. Temperature screening check points are in operation on the main roads outside of the capital and can be busy.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel and make sure your insurance specifically includes medical repatriation.