Foreign travel advice

Sierra Leone

Important COVID-19: travel is different

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Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Sierra Leone based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

COVID-19 entry restrictions for Sierra Leone

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Sierra Leone’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

Sierra Leone is on the red list for entering England. Check what you must do to enter England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you’re planning travel to Sierra Leone, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Most visits to Sierra Leone are incident free, but a small number of incidents have been reported of British nationals being robbed, sometimes at knife-point. See Crime

You will need a visa to enter Sierra Leone. See Visas

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. See Local travel

There are several transfer options from Freetown Lungi airport, including by road, ferry, water taxi and local boats or pirogues. See Travel to Freetown from the airport

Although there is no recent history of terrorism in Sierra Leone, attacks can’t be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate. You should be vigilant, especially in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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

On 6 August 2021 the Guinean Ministry of Health confirmed a case of Marburg virus disease in Guekédou, Forestière Region in neighbouring Guinea. Monitor the NaTHNaC website for the latest information. You can find more information on Marburg virus disease from the World Health Organisation.