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Sierra Leone travel restrictions

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Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 7 days before departure from the first embarkation point.
– 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 https://www.travel.gov.sl/.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.

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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 quarantine 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 requiretd to self-isolate. If you are travelling to Sierra Leone from India, Turkey, Brazil, and Argentina in the past 14 days (excluding airport transit) you must go into quarantine in a Government of Sierra Leone approved quarantine facility or hotel for a minimum of 8 days from arrival, at the traveller’s own expense.

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Insurance
Certification

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

If you intend to travel to Sierra Leone, you must get authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the online portal before you travel. You must have proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no earlier than 7 days prior to your date of travel. All passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test (in addition to the negative test result required to get authorisation to travel to Sierra Leone). If you are travelling to Sierra Leone from India, Turkey, Brazil, and Argentina in the past 14 days (excluding airport transit) you must hold a valid negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based COVID-19 test result certificate from a certified laboratory taken no earlier than 72 hours before departure from the point of origin.

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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 Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sierra Leone: 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 get authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the online portal before you travel.
    To get authorisation you must have:
    • 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.
    From Wednesday May 12 2021, the Government of Sierra Leone will implement additional protective measures from countries known to have high SARS-COV-2 transmission, a sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, and/or circulation of variants of concern. The current countries are India, Turkey, Brazil, and Argentina. The current list of countries will be under review and further countries might be added if they meet the identified criteria.
    If you are travelling to Sierra Leone from one of these countries in the past 14 days (excluding airport transit) you must:
    1) Hold a valid negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based COVID-19 test result certificate from a certified laboratory taken no earlier than 72 hours before departure from the point of origin. The test certificate must be in English and must show:
    • The date and time swab was taken
    • The name of the certified laboratory where the swab was analysed
    • Evidence of the original laboratory report, for verification by the airline and Government of Sierra Leone health representatives on arrival.
    2) Go into quarantine in a Government of Sierra Leone approved quarantine facility or hotel for a minimum of 8 days from arrival, at the traveller’s own expense.
    • Be tested on day 7 after arrival. If you test negative you will be released
    • Comply with all quarantine regulations. Government of Sierra Leone health authorities will monitor compliance to regulations
    • Individuals that have been fully vaccinated and arrive in the country at least 14 days after the last dose of any COVID vaccine, will not be required to quarantine. However, they will be tested for SARS-COV-2 at the airport
    • A 14-day self-quarantine is required for children accompanying fully vaccinated adult
    The Government of Sierra Leone have issued a notice that failure to comply with these regulations will result in punitive action. The list of approved hotels are; Hotel Mariam, Radisson Blu Hotel, Bintumani Hotel, Seaside Hotel, Kings Empire Hotel and Hill Valley Hotel.
    *Testing on arrival: On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to get both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test (in addition to the negative test result required to get authorisation to travel to Sierra Leone). 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). A health locator form with contact details must be completed.
    *Testing on arrival from India, Turkey Brazil and Argentina: If you are travelling to Sierra Leone from one of these countries in the past 14 days (excluding airport transit) you must:
    1) Hold a valid negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based COVID-19 test result certificate from a certified laboratory taken no earlier than 72 hours before departure from the point of origin. The test certificate must be in English and must show:
    • The date and time swab was taken
    • The name of the certified laboratory where the swab was analysed
    • Evidence of the original laboratory report, for verification by the airline and Government of Sierra Leone health representatives on arrival.
    2) Go into quarantine in a Government of Sierra Leone approved quarantine facility/hotel for a minimum of 8 days from arrival, at the traveller’s own expense.
    • Be tested on day 7 after arrival. If you test negative you will be released
    • Comply with all quarantine regulations. Government of Sierra Leone health authorities will monitor compliance to regulations
    • Individuals that have been fully vaccinated and arrive in the country at least 14 days after the last dose of any COVID vaccine, will not be required to quarantine. However, they will be tested for SARS-COV-2 at the airport
    • A 14-day self-quarantine is required for children accompanying fully vaccinated adult
    The Government of Sierra Leone have issued a notice that failure to comply with these regulations will result in punitive action.
    *Quarantine requirements: If you test positive for the RDT test, you’ll be required to quarantine 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 required to self-isolate. 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.
    *Testing on departure: Before departure from Sierra Leone, you’ll need to pay for and take a PCR COVID-19 test through the portal within 72 hours of your departure. 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.
    If your stay in Sierra Leone is for 5 days or less, you are exempt from needing a further test ahead of departure. You’re 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.
    If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should call the Government of Sierra Leone emergency line on 117 (local). Treatment for coronavirus cases is carried out at Government of Sierra Leone facilities.
    The Ministry of Health website has additional information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sierra Leone: The restricted movement into and out of the Western Area and nationwide night time curfew has been lifted. Bars and restaurants are now open. It is now compulsory to wear a mask when in a vehicle. This policy is being enforced by the Sierra Leone authorities. If you are found without a mask you may face a fine.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open.
    *Public spaces and services: Large public gatherings are still limited, and events of over 100 people (e.g. concerts, sporting events) are prohibited. Places of worship, churches and mosques have re-opened for worship but hand washing and social distancing is enforced. You must also wear a mask. Restaurants and bars are now operating. Clubs remain closed. 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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    11.05.2021
  • Sierra Leone Latest News: Border between Guinea and Sierra Leone to reopen on 18 February (Reuters, 17.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sierra Leone: 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 get authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the online portal before you travel.
    To get authorisation you must have:
    • 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.
    *Testing on arrival: On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test (in addition to the negative test result required to get authorisation to travel to Sierra Leone). 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). A health locator form with contact details must be completed.
    *Quarantine requirements: If you test positive for the RDT test, you’ll be required to quarantine 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 required to self-isolate. 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.
    *Testing on departure: Before departure from Sierra Leone, you’ll need to pay for and take a PCR COVID-19 test through the portal within 72 hours of your departure. 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.
    If your stay in Sierra Leone is for 5 days or less, you are exempt from needing a further test ahead of departure. You’re 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. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should call the Government of Sierra Leone emergency line on 117 (local). Treatment for coronavirus cases is carried out at Government of Sierra Leone facilities.
    The Ministry of Health website has additional information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sierra Leone: The restricted movement into and out of the Western Area and nationwide night time curfew has been lifted. Bars and restaurants are now open. It is now compulsory to wear a mask when in a vehicle. This policy is being enforced by the Sierra Leone authorities. If you are found without a mask you may face a fine.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open.
    *Public spaces and services: Large public gatherings are still limited, and events of over 100 people (e.g. concerts, sporting events) are prohibited. Places of worship, churches and mosques have re-opened for worship but hand washing and social distancing is enforced. You must also wear a mask. Restaurants and bars are now operating. Clubs remain closed. 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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    28.04.2021
  • Sierra Leone Latest News: Border between Guinea and Sierra Leone to reopen on 18 February (Reuters, 17.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sierra Leone: Freetown International Airport is open. Commercial flights have resumed although at a reduced schedule. 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 get authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the online portal before you travel. To get authorisation you must have:
    • proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no earlier than 7 days prior to your date of travel;
    • 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.
    *Testing on arrival: On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test (in addition to the negative test result required to get authorisation to travel to Sierra Leone). 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). A health locator form with contact details must be completed. A public notice issued on 30 December 2020 states all inbound passengers will have their passports retained by the Immigration Department “until a negative COVID-19 PCR test is issued at NaCOVERC [National Covid-19 Emergency Response Centre]”. Passports will be returned to passengers at the NaCOVERC facility in Freetown.
    *Quarantine requirements: If you test positive for the RDT test, you’ll be required to quarantine 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 required to self-isolate. 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.
    *Testing on departure: Before departure from Sierra Leone, you’ll need to pay for and take a PCR COVID-19 test through the portal within 72 hours of your departure. 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. If your stay in Sierra Leone is for 5 days or less, you are exempt from needing a further test ahead of departure 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. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should call the Government of Sierra Leone emergency line on 117 (local). Treatment for coronavirus cases is carried out at Government of Sierra Leone facilities. The Ministry of Health website has additional information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sierra Leone: The restricted movement into and out of the Western Area and nationwide night time curfew has been lifted. Bars and restaurants are now open. It is now compulsory to wear a mask when in a vehicle. This policy is being enforced by the Sierra Leone authorities. If you are found without a mask you may face a fine.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open.
    *Public spaces and services: Large public gatherings are still limited, and events of over 100 people (e.g. concerts, sporting events) are prohibited. Places of worship, churches and mosques have re-opened for worship but hand washing and social distancing is enforced. You must also wear a mask. Restaurants and bars are now operating. Clubs remain closed. 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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    26.04.2021
  • Sierra Leone International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sierra Leone: Freetown International Airport is open. Commercial flights have resumed although at a reduced schedule. 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 get authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the online portal before you travel. To get authorisation you must have:
    • proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no earlier than 7 days prior to your date of travel;
    • 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.
    *Testing on arrival: On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test (in addition to the negative test result required to get authorisation to travel to Sierra Leone). 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). A health locator form with contact details must be completed. A public notice issued on 30 December 2020 states all inbound passengers will have their passports retained by the Immigration Department “until a negative COVID-19 PCR test is issued at NaCOVERC [National Covid-19 Emergency Response Centre]”. Passports will be returned to passengers at the NaCOVERC facility in Freetown.
    *Quarantine requirements: If you test positive for the RDT test, you’ll be required to quarantine 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 required to self-isolate. 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.
    *Testing on departure: Before departure from Sierra Leone, you’ll need to pay for and take a PCR COVID-19 test through the portal within 72 hours of your departure. 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. If your stay in Sierra Leone is for 5 days or less, you are exempt from needing a further test ahead of departure 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. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should call the Government of Sierra Leone emergency line on 117 (local). Treatment for coronavirus cases is carried out at Government of Sierra Leone facilities. The Ministry of Health website has additional information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sierra Leone: From 8 February the restricted movement into and out of the Western Area is lifted. The nationwide night time curfew, from 10pm to 5am, remains in force. Bars and restaurants will not be operating during weekends, starting on Fridays at 10pm until Monday morning. These restrictions are in place until further notice. It is now compulsory to wear a mask when in a vehicle. This policy is being enforced by the Sierra Leone authorities. If you are found without a mask you may face a fine.
    *Accommodation: Hotels are open.

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    12.02.2021
  • Sierra Leone International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sierra Leone: Freetown International Airport is open. Commercial flights have resumed although at a reduced schedule. 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 get authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the online portal before you travel. To get authorisation you must have:
    • proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no earlier than 7 days prior to your date of travel;
    • 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.
    *Testing on arrival: On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test (in addition to the negative test result required to get authorisation to travel to Sierra Leone). 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). A health locator form with contact details must be completed. A public notice issued on 30 December 2020 states all inbound passengers will have their passports retained by the Immigration Department “until a negative COVID-19 PCR test is issued at NaCOVERC [National Covid-19 Emergency Response Centre]”. Passports will be returned to passengers at the NaCOVERC facility in Freetown.
    *Quarantine requirements: If you test positive for the RDT test, you’ll be required to quarantine 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 required to self-isolate. 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.
    *Testing on departure: Before departure from Sierra Leone, you’ll need to pay for and take a PCR COVID-19 test through the portal within 72 hours of your departure. 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. If your stay in Sierra Leone is for 5 days or less, you are exempt from needing a further test ahead of departure 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. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should call the Government of Sierra Leone emergency line on 117 (local). Treatment for coronavirus cases is carried out at Government of Sierra Leone facilities. The Ministry of Health website has additional information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sierra Leone: From 25 January there will be new restrictions for a period of two weeks on travelling around Sierra Leone. These restrictions will be kept under review. There will be a night-time curfew nationwide between 10pm and 5am. There will be restricted movement in and out of the Western Area. An electronic pass system will be used to regulate all essential movements. All essential movement from the Western Area will require proof of a negative COVID-19 test valid for 72 hours. It is now compulsory to wear a mask when in a vehicle. This policy is being enforced by the Sierra Leone authorities. If you are found without a mask you may face a fine.
    *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 but shall not hold services for more than 90 minutes. Restaurants and bars will not operate during weekends. Clubs remain closed. People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands. People are advised to keep to strict social distancing.

    Read more
    02.02.2021
  • Sierra Leone International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sierra Leone: Freetown International Airport is open. Commercial flights have resumed although at a reduced schedule. 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 get authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the online portal before you travel. To get authorisation you must have:
    • proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no earlier than 7 days prior to your date of travel;
    • 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.
    *Testing on arrival: On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test (in addition to the negative test result required to get authorisation to travel to Sierra Leone). 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). A health locator form with contact details must be completed. A public notice issued on 30 December 2020 states all inbound passengers will have their passports retained by the Immigration Department “until a negative COVID-19 PCR test is issued at NaCOVERC [National Covid-19 Emergency Response Centre]”. Passports will be returned to passengers at the NaCOVERC facility in Freetown.
    *Quarantine requirements: If you test positive for the RDT test, you’ll be required to quarantine 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 required to self-isolate. 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.
    *Testing on departure: Before departure from Sierra Leone, you’ll need to pay for and take a PCR COVID-19 test through the portal within 72 hours of your departure. 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. If your stay in Sierra Leone is for 5 days or less, you are exempt from needing a further test ahead of departure 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. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should call the Government of Sierra Leone emergency line on 117 (local). Treatment for coronavirus cases is carried out at Government of Sierra Leone facilities. The Ministry of Health website has additional information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sierra Leone: From 25 January there will be new restrictions for a period of two weeks on travelling around Sierra Leone. These restrictions will be kept under review. There will be a night-time curfew nationwide between 10pm and 5am.
    There will be restricted movement in and out of the Western Area. An electronic pass system will be used to regulate all essential movements. All essential movement from the Western Area will require proof of a negative COVID-19 test valid for 72 hours.
    It is now compulsory to wear a mask when in a vehicle. This policy is being enforced by the Sierra Leone authorities. If you are found without a mask you may face a fine.
    *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 but shall not hold services for more than 90 minutes. Restaurants and bars will not operate during weekends. Clubs remain closed. People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands. People are advised to keep to strict social distancing.

    Read more
    22.01.2021
  • Sierra Leone International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sierra Leone: 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 get authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the online portal before you travel. To get authorisation you must have:
    • proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no earlier than 7 days prior to your date of travel;
    • 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.
    *Testing on arrival: On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test (in addition to the negative test result required to get authorisation to travel to Sierra Leone). 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). A health locator form with contact details must be completed. A public notice issued on 30 December 2020 states all inbound passengers will have their passports retained by the Immigration Department “until a negative COVID-19 PCR test is issued at NaCOVERC [National Covid-19 Emergency Response Centre]”. Passports will be returned to passengers at the NaCOVERC facility in Freetown.
    *Quarantine requirements: If you test positive for the RDT test, you’ll be required to quarantine 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 required to self-isolate. 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.
    *Testing on departure: Before departure from Sierra Leone, you’ll need to pay for and take a PCR COVID-19 test through the portal within 72 hours of your departure. 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. If your stay in Sierra Leone is for 5 days or less, you are exempt from needing a further test ahead of departure 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. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should call the Government of Sierra Leone emergency line on 117 (local). Treatment for coronavirus cases is carried out at Government of Sierra Leone facilities. The Ministry of Health website has additional information.

    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. It is now compulsory to wear a mask when in a vehicle. This policy is being enforced by the Sierra Leone authorities. If you are found without a mask you may face a fine.
    *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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    31.12.2020
  • Sierra Leone International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sierra Leone: 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 get authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the online portal before you travel.
    To get authorisation you must have: proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no earlier than 7 days prior to your date of travel; 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.
    *Testing on arrival: On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test (in addition to the negative test result required to get authorisation to travel to Sierra Leone). 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). On 23 December 2020 it was announced that passengers will be required to provide immigration authorities with a completed health locator form and their passport. Passports will be retained “until those passengers receive negative PCR results”. Further details on how this policy will be implemented are expected.
    *Quarantine requirements: If you test positive for the RDT test, you’ll be required to quarantine 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 required to self-isolate. 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.
    *Testing on departure: Before departure from Sierra Leone, you’ll need to pay for and take a PCR COVID-19 test through the online portal within 72 hours of your departure. 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. If your stay in Sierra Leone is for 5 days or less, you are exempt from needing a further test ahead of departure 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. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should call the Government of Sierra Leone emergency line on 117 (local). Treatment for coronavirus cases is carried out at Government of Sierra Leone facilities. The Ministry of Health websitehas additional information.

    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. It is now compulsory to wear a mask when in a vehicle. This policy is being enforced by the Sierra Leone authorities. If you are found without a mask you may face a fine.
    *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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    24.12.2020
  • 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. It is now compulsory to wear a mask when in a vehicle. This policy is being enforced by the Sierra Leone authorities. If you are found without a mask you may face a fine.
    *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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    10.12.2020
  • 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. It is now compulsory to wear a mask when in a vehicle. This policy is being enforced by the Sierra Leone authorities. If you are found without a mask you may face a fine. 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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    07.12.2020
  • 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.

    *****

    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.

    *****

    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.

    *****

    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.

    *****

    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.

    *****

    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.

    *****

    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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