British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone
We work closely with the Sierra Leonean government to support its efforts to build an effective, democratic and capable nation that is making progress in reducing poverty.
Our priority areas of work include: sustainable economic growth and job creation, democracy, governance, accountability, security, access to justice, progress towards the Millennium Development Goals including health, education, water and sanitation.
You can find information about applying for a visa on our UK visa website. Here you will find information on whether you need a visa, the requirements for each visa category, the cost, guidance on how to apply for your visa and a link to information on your nearest visa application centre.
Emergency consular assistance (24 hours)
For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call +44 (0)1908 516 666 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers.
If you are calling from the UK about a British national in Sierra Leone, call our Consular Assistance Team in London on + 44 (0) 207 008 1500.
Emergency Travel Documents
We may be able to provide an emergency travel document if you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, you should contact your nearest consulate as soon as possible.
For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment at your nearest consulate using the links below. Please call your nearest consulate for advice before making an appointment if:
- you have never applied for a British passport before
- you are applying on behalf of a child
An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.
How to renew or replace your British passport and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.
Births, deaths and marriages
Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling abroad, with links to our embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts across the world.
How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
Support and information when a British national is detained or arrested
If a relative or friend is detained or arrested while you are in Sierra Leone, the Prisoner Pack gives details of the legal and prison systems.
List of lawyers
A list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with official transactions in Sierra Leone. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission Freetown or the UK government.
Consular fee list
UK law says we have to charge fees for some services.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above, for British nationals needing emergency consular assistance, we can:
- provide information about transferring funds
- help people with mental illness
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child protection and abductions, kidnappings or someone who is missing abroad and how to make a missing persons report
- provide consular assistance to British nationals who are victims of rape or serious sexual assault or any other serious crime
- help in contacting your family or friends when you are not able to do yourself because you are ill, in hospital, have been arrested etc
- provide advice following the death of a British national outside of the UK, where possible we will try to notify the next of kin
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
- offer support and information when a British national is detained or arrested outside the UK
What consulates cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money
- make travel arrangements for you, find you work, accommodation, or make business arrangements on your behalf
- get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters
- renew or replace a full British passport
Deputy High Commissioner to Sierra Leone
British High Commission Freetown
6 Spur Road Freetown
General enquiries +232 (0) 76541386 / +232 (0) 78200190
General consular enquiries during office hours +232 (0) 99801493 / +232 (0) 76912606 /+232 (0) 99912606
Consular assistance (24 hour) +44 (0)1908 516 666 or +232 (0) 76780713