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Sierra Leone travel restrictions

Open for citizens: no Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
Flight Restrictions

published 02.07.2020
1. Flights to Sierra Leone are suspended until 15 July 2020.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
2. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine at their own expense.

Quarantine

Currently quarantine is mandatory for any individuals who meet these requirements:

All travelers arriving at any point of entry from a country with less than 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be documented. Follow up with these arrivals will continue for a period of 14 days by designated surveillance officers/contact tracers.
All travelers arriving at any point of entry from a country with more than 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19, at any point in time, will have to be quarantined for a period of 14 days.
The Government of Sierra Leone strongly recommends that individuals planning to visit Sierra Leone from a country with more than 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 consider deferring their travel plans. If they must travel, they may visit, but will be quarantined as required.
All travelers arriving with a Laissez-passer, emergency travel certificate, or ID card will be immediately taken to a quarantine facility for secondary screening.
Sierra Leone will review the new quarantine policy regularly and it could change without advance notice based on the epidemiology of the outbreak.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

Yellow fever (prior to 2013)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travellers.
WHO vaccination recommendation: yes

Malaria (prior to 2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country.
WHO recommended prevention: C

  • Sierra Leone *****

    International restrictions:

    Freetown International Airport is set to open on July 22. Several commercial airlines started to take reservations for flights departing Sierra Leone in July and August. Currently, Sierra Leone’s border closures remain in effect and commercial flight operations are suspended. Emergency flights are exempt from the above travel restrictions. Land borders with Liberia and Guinea are closed until further notice. Essential cargo goods are exempt from this measure. International ports remain operational for freight only. Several commercial airlines have started to take reservations for flights departing from Sierra Leone in July and August. Ferry services to/from Freetown International Airport are suspended although occasional pirogues might still operate on a private basis. Mandatory quarantine for travellers from countries with more than 50 COVID-19 confirmed cases.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The restrictions on Inter-District Travel have been lifted in Sierra Leone. Curfew hours have been reduced. The nationwide curfew now extends from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. A state of emergency is in place until March 2021.Churches and mosques will re-open on 13 July. Essential travellers and workers need to fill in an electronic pass before setting out. The army has been mobilised to enforce restrictions alongside police forces. Public gatherings are cancelled. The government imposed restrictions on number of passengers travelling by public transportation.

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    10.07.2020
  • Sierra Leone Restrictions on inter-district travel lifted, curfew hours reduced (OASC, 25.06.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Sierra Leone’s border closures remain in effect and commercial flight operations continue to be suspended. Emergency flights are exempt from the above travel restrictions. Land borders with Liberia and Guinea are closed until further notice. Essential cargo goods are exempt from this measure. International ports remain operational for freight only. Several commercial airlines have started to take reservations for flights departing from Sierra Leone in July and August. Ferry services to/from Freetown International Airport are suspended although occasional pirogues might still operate on a private basis. Mandatory quarantine for travellers from countries with more than 50 COVID-19 confirmed cases.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until March 2021. The restrictions on Inter-District Travel have been lifted in Sierra Leone. Curfew hours have been reduced. The nationwide curfew now extends from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Essential travellers and workers need to fill in an electronic pass before setting out. The army has been mobilised to enforce restrictions alongside police forces. All events gathering more than 100 people are banned. It is compulsory to wear a face mask when in public spaces. A temporary lockdown was in place from 3-5 May nationwide. All other existing measures, including the ban on inter-district travel, were upheld during this time and remain in place after the lockdown. Churches and mosques are closed and public gatherings are cancelled.

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    25.06.2020
  • Sierra Leone All commercial flights to/from Freetown International Airport are suspended until 19 June. Emergency flights are exempt from the above travel restrictions.
    Land borders with Liberia and Guinea are closed until further notice. Essential cargo goods are exempt from this measure.
    International ports remain operational for freight only. Ferry services to/from Freetown International Airport are suspended although occasional pirogues might still operate on a private basis.
    Mandatory quarantine for travellers from countries with more than 50 COVID-19 confirmed cases.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until March 2021.
    All inter-district movement is prohibited indefinitely except for certified essential workers while an indefinite curfew is being observed between 21.00 and 06.00. Essential travellers and workers need to fill in an electronic pass before setting out. The army has been mobilised to enforce restrictions alongside police forces.
    All events gathering more than 100 people are banned.
    It is compulsory to wear a face mask when in public spaces.
    A temporary lockdown was in place from 3-5 May nationwide. All other existing measures, including the ban on inter-district travel, were upheld during this time and remain in place after the lockdown.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sierra-leone]
    [https://sl.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
    [https://www.osac.gov]
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