Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
As an American investor, do I need a visa to visit Sierra Leone? If yes, where can I obtain a Sierra Leonean Visa?
Yes, a passport and a visa are required for travel to Sierra Leone. Visitors to Sierra Leone are also required to show their International Certificates of Vaccination (yellow card) upon arrival at the airport with a record of vaccination against yellow fever. For more information, visit http://travel.state.gov or the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone’s website at http://embassyofsierraleone.net/
Where do I get information about doing business in Sierra Leone?
The U.S. Embassy’s “Doing Business in Sierra Leone” page provides information that can assist you in considering investment opportunities in Sierra Leone. In addition, the Department of State publishes an annual Investment Climate Statement that may be of assistance, while the World Bank Group’s Doing Business project provides helpful information about regulatory and legal structures. You may also contact the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA), a government agency that assists and informs investors and exporters who are interested in establishing or expanding business operations in Sierra Leone.
How do I register my business in Sierra Leone?
The Office of Administrator and Registrar General (OARG) is the principal institution entrusted by the Government of Sierra Leone to register businesses, and can provide information about registration processes, including opportunities for same-day registration. The Corporate Affairs Commission can provide additional information regarding the registration of large companies. Additional information regarding the registration process is available through the World Bank Group’s Doing Business project.
Can the Embassy put me in touch with other American business interests in Sierra Leone?
Yes, we can. While there is currently no American Chamber of Commerce in the country, the Embassy can provide assistance and help you to connect with other businesses operating in Sierra Leone.
If I’m interested in mining gold, diamond, or other precious minerals in Sierra Leone, where do I get additional information?
The Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources and the National Minerals Agency are the institutions designed by the government of Sierra Leone to provide information on the country’s mineral sector. The NMA can answer questions regarding export licenses, while the Directorate of Precious Minerals Tradingcan assist you with Kimberley Process certification.
Does the U.S. Embassy provide funding for local projects in Sierra Leone?
Yes, the Embassy provides small grants through several programs. Together, these programs improve community economic and social conditions, support democracy and good governance, protect human rights, and increase awareness and understanding of important issues. Visit the “Embassy Grant Opportunities” page for more information.
What should I do if I want to request an appointment to meet with the Economic and Commercial Officer?
The U.S. Embassy is interested in hearing about your experiences, whether you are an American business investing in Sierra Leone or a Sierra Leonean company interested in exporting to the United States. You can contact the Economic and Commercial Section to set up a time for further discussions. The section can be reached at email@example.com or + 232 99 105 291.