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 practice enhanced precautions against infection by Ebola.

Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation on 7 November 2015. Although the chances of being infected remain low, there are measures you can take to prevent catching Ebola. You should follow the health advice on the NHS Choices website.

Getting medical care in Sierra Leone may be difficult because the health infrastructure has been severely strained by the Ebola outbreak. Although separate treatment facilities were set up to respond to the Ebola outbreak, general medical facilities throughout Sierra Leone are unable to provide the same standard of healthcare as in the UK. Many medical facilities expect to be paid up-front for treatment.

If you travel to Sierra Leone, 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. There are no direct flights between Sierra Leone and the UK, but Brussels Airlines, Air France and Royal Air Maroc currently operate indirect routes to the UK. Air Cote D’Ivoire and Kenya Airways operate flights between Sierra Leone and destinations within Africa.

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. Ebola screening check points are in operation on the main roads outside of the capital and can be busy.

If you’re travelling to the UK within 21 days of a visit to Sierra Leone or any other Ebola-affected country, you should make yourself known to UK Passport Control to be screened. For further details about the screening process, see the Public Health England website.

If you’re concerned that you might have been exposed to Ebola, or are showing symptoms, you should seek immediate medical advice. If you’re in the UK call NHS on 111.

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