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Sierra Leone travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: yes Open for tourism: no Quarantine: no
Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Sierra Leone
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers aged 5 years and above are recommended to hold a Travel Authorisation Form obtained here.
  • The travellers Authorisation must consist of a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate issued within 7 days before departure, a pre departure Public Health Passenger Locator Form, and proof of payment for a mandatory Covid-19 test on arrival.
  • This does not apply to diplomats and employees of United Nations agencies and other international organizations, who will be required to quarantine and undergo a mandatory PCR test upon arrival in Sierra Leone.
  • Passengers aged 2 years and above are subjected to a RDT and a PCR test for Covid-19 upon arrival.
    • Passengers with a positive RDT test result will be quarantined at a hotel in Lungi at their own cost until they receive their PCR test result.
    • Passengers with a positive PCR test result will be sent to the treatment centre.
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Flight Restrictions

published 27.11.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 7 days before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.

Passengers are subject to medical screening and Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test on arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.

Passengers must present a travel authorization obtained before departure at travel.gov.sl.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site- subject to PCR.
If you test positive for the RDT test, you’ll be required to isolate at a hotel in Lungi at your own expense while you wait for the result of your PCR test. The PCR result supersedes the RDT result. If you test positive for the PCR test result, you’ll be contacted by Sierra Leonean health authorities and taken to a state treatment centre. Passengers sitting in close proximity to a positive case on the flight will be treated as a primary contact and be required to self-isolate until you return a negative PCR COVID-19 test. Social distancing and the use of facemasks is mandatory at Freetown Lungi International airport.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification is required to enter the country.

On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test. If you test negative for the RDT test, you’ll be allowed to leave the airport and to travel to your final destination, where you must observe public health protocols while you wait for the result of your PCR test (which is expected to take no more than 48 hours).
Before departure from Sierra Leone, you’ll need to pay for and get a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your departure through the portal here. Certificates confirming the test result will be emailed to you and copies made available for you to collect in person at the airport. You’ll need to provide this certificate confirming your test result at check-in. If you test positive, you’ll not be allowed to travel and you’ll need to follow public health protocols for isolation and contact tracing.
You are exempt from the COVID-19 test on departure if you arrived in Sierra Leone fewer than 5 days before departing. Children under two years of age are also exempt.

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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

Full Restrictions

  • Sierra Leone International Restrictions:
    Freetown International Airport is open. Commercial flights have resumed although at a reduced schedule. Check with your travel company or airline for the latest information. All land borders remain closed. In a travel advisory announcement on 10 September, the Government of Sierra Leone announced COVID-19 arrival and departure protocols for anyone wishing to travel to and from Sierra Leone. If you intend to travel to Sierra Leone, you must obtain authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the portal before you travel. To get authorisation you must have the following: proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no earlier than 7 days prior to your date of travel. You should arrange to take a private test; a pre-departure public health passenger locator form; and proof of payment for on arrival COVID-19 tests paid for through the portal. Arrivals whose stay in the country does not exceed 5 days do not require to be tested again before leaving the country. However passengers are required to request a certificate of the negative PCR test result that was administered to them when they arrived in Sierra Leone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sierra Leone: There are no restrictions on travel in Sierra Leone, although COVID-19 measures including the compulsory wearing of a face-mask or face-covering in public are in force. The overnight curfew has temporarily been lifted from 27 October 2020 for 4 weeks.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open.
    *Public spaces and services: Large public gatherings of over 100 people (e.g. concerts, sporting events) are prohibited. Places of worship, churches and mosques have re-opened for worship. People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands. People are advised to keep to strict social distancing.

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    24.11.2020
  • Sierra Leone International Restrictions:
    Freetown International Airport is open. Commercial flights have resumed although at a reduced schedule. All land borders remain closed. In a travel advisory announcement on 10 September, the Government of Sierra Leone announced COVID-19 arrival and departure protocols for anyone wishing to travel to and from Sierra Leone. If you intend to travel to Sierra Leone, you must obtain authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the portal before you travel. To get authorisation you must have the following: proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no earlier than 7 days prior to your date of travel. You should arrange to take a private test; a pre-departure public health passenger locator form; and proof of payment for on arrival COVID-19 tests paid for through the portal. Arrivals whose stay in the country does not exceed 5 days do not require to be tested again before leaving the country. However passengers are required to request a certificate of the negative PCR test result that was administered to them when they arrived in Sierra Leone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sierra Leone: There are no restrictions on travel in Sierra Leone, although COVID-19 measures including the compulsory wearing of a face-mask or face-covering in public are in force. The overnight curfew has temporarily been lifted from 27 October 2020 for 4 weeks.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open.
    *Public spaces and services: Large public gatherings of over 100 people (e.g. concerts, sporting events) are prohibited. Places of worship, churches and mosques have re-opened for worship. People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands. People are advised to keep to strict social distancing.

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    09.11.2020
  • Sierra Leone International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights to and from Sierra Leone remain very limited. Freetown Lungi International Airport re-opened on 22 July and limited commercial options will be available to enter Sierra Leone. All land borders remain closed. In a travel advisory announcement on 10 September, the Government of Sierra Leone announced COVID-19 arrival and departure protocols for anyone wishing to travel to and from Sierra Leone. If you intend to travel to Sierra Leone, you must obtain authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the portal before you travel. To get authorisation you must have the following: proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no earlier than 7 days prior to your date of travel. You should arrange to take a private test; a pre-departure public health passenger locator form; and proof of payment for on arrival COVID-19 tests paid for through the portal. Arrivals whose stay in the country does not exceed 5 days do not require to be tested again before leaving the country. However passengers are required to request a certificate of the negative PCR test result that was administered to them when they arrived in Sierra Leone.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Hotels are open. Large public gatherings of over 100 people (e.g. concerts, sporting events) are prohibited. Places of worship, churches and mosques have re-opened for worship. People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands. People are advised to keep to strict social distancing. There is a curfew in place. You must stay in your accommodation between 11pm and 5am local time.

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    25.08.2020
  • Sierra Leone *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Sierra Leone remain very limited. Freetown Lungi International Airport re-opened on 22 July and limited commercial options will be available to enter Sierra Leone. All land borders remain closed. If you intend to travel to Sierra Leone, you must obtain authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the portal [www.travel.gov.sl] before you travel. To get authorisation you must have the following: proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test issued no later than 72 hours before departure; a pre-departure public health passenger locator form; and proof of payment for on arrival COVID-19 tests paid for through the portal.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Hotels are open. Large public gatherings of over 100 people (e.g. concerts, sporting events) are prohibited. Places of worship, churches and mosques have re-opened for worship. People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands. People are advised to keep to strict social distancing. There is a curfew in place. You must stay in your accommodation between 11pm and 5am local time.

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    24.08.2020
  • Sierra Leone *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Sierra Leone remain very limited. Freetown Lungi International Airport re-opens on 22 July and limited commercial options will be available to enter Sierra Leone. All land borders remain closed. If you intend to travel to Sierra Leone, you must obtain authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the portal [www.travel.gov.sl] before you travel. To get authorisation you must have the following: proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test issued no later than 72 hours before departure; a pre-departure public health passenger locator form; and proof of payment for on arrival COVID-19 tests paid for through the portal.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Hotels are open. Large public gatherings of over 100 people (e.g. concerts, sporting events) are prohibited. Places of worship, churches and mosques have re-opened for worship. People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands. People are advised to keep to strict social distancing. There is a curfew in place. You must stay in your accommodation between 11pm and 5am local time.

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    21.07.2020
  • Sierra Leone *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Sierra Leone remain very limited. Freetown Lungi International Airport re-opens on 22 July and limited commercial options will be available to enter Sierra Leone. All land borders remain closed.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Hotels are not open. Large public gatherings of over 100 people (e.g. concerts, sporting events) are prohibited. Places of worship, churches and mosques have re-opened for worship. People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands. People are advised to keep to strict social distancing. There is a curfew in place. You must stay in your accommodation between 11pm and 5am local time.

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    15.07.2020
  • Sierra Leone *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Sierra Leone remain very limited. Freetown International Airport is set to re-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. There is a curfew in place. You must stay in your house between 9pm and 6am local time. 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. Large public gatherings of over 100 people (e.g. concerts, religious ceremonies, sporting events) are prohibited. Precautionay measures e.g. wash hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands and keep to strict social distancing, are strongly advised. You must wear a face mask or covering in public. Hotels are not open.

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    13.07.2020
  • 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 Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
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