Most visits to Sierra Leone are incident free but petty crime is present with occasional reports of associated violence. Incidents have been reported in the central commercial district, Lumley Beach, Aberdeen and eastern areas of Freetown. See Crime.

An outbreak of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in south-eastern Guinea, and there are reports of suspected cases in areas of Sierra Leone near to the border with Guinea. If you’re travelling near to the border with Guinea, follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre. You should maintain strict standards of hygiene and avoid eating bushmeat.

For further details about confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola, see the NaTHNaC Outbreak Surveillance database and follow the WHO on twitter.

Road conditions are variable. Driving conditions can deteriorate during the rainy season (May to October). Take extra care. See Local Travel

Consider carefully the various transfer options between the international airport at Lungi and Freetown, especially if you plan to arrive at night. See Local Travel (Getting to Freetown from the airport).

Strong currents exist at some beaches. Drownings have occurred. There are no lifeguards at beaches.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

Medical facilities in Sierra Leone are limited. Some 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.

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