Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Event:  Restrictions on Inter-District Travel Lifted; Curfew Hours Reduced Location: Sierra Leone (countrywide) On June 23, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health confirmed 1,347 cases of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone. 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 …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Event: Repatriation Flight to the United States, June 9, 2020 Location: Sierra Leone (countrywide) A special charter flight is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from Freetown to Dulles Airport, Virginia.  Passengers will be responsible for their own transportation from the arrival airport to their final destinations. American citizens and legal permanent residents who wish to …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Event: Register for Possible Repatriation Flight to the United States Location: Sierra Leone (countrywide) The U.S. Embassy is exploring the option of a repatriation flight to the United States to depart in early June.  U.S. citizens and LPRs who would like to return to the United States should use the  online request form to register their interest.  Each …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Event: 585 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone Location: Sierra Leone (countrywide) On May 21, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health confirmed 585 cases of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone’s border closures remain in effect and commercial flight operations continue to be suspended. We do not anticipate additional repatriation flights from Sierra Leone …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Freetown

May 1, 2020 Location: Sierra Leone (countrywide) Event:  Nationwide Lockdown, Sunday to Tuesday, May 3-5 There will be a nationwide lockdown from Sunday, May 3 to Tuesday, May 5.  All individuals in Sierra Leone are required to stay at home during this three-day period. The National Cleaning Day scheduled for Saturday, May 2 has been cancelled …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone

April 29, 2020 Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone Event: A violent confrontation has been reported near Pademba Road Prison (approximately 1.5 km east of the National Stadium) today, April 29. Expect increased police presence in the area and traffic congestion. Actions to Take: Avoid the area of central Freetown. Monitor local media for updates. Avoid crowds. …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone

Location: Sierra Leone (countrywide) Event:  ASKY Special Flight on April 19, 2020; Pay by April 16 The U.S Embassy in Freetown is working to facilitate a special flight through Satguru Travel Agency for U.S. citizens and those eligible to travel to or transit through the U.S.  U.S visa holders are eligible to purchase tickets on …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone (April 7, 2020)

Action:  Submit registration information for repatriation flight, April 10   The U.S. Embassy is organizing a special repatriation flight to the U.S. on April 10, expected to depart in the early afternoon.  Specific details on the flight will be sent to confirmed passengers. The Embassy cannot guarantee that future flights will be available. If you are interested in returning to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone

Action:  Submit registration information for possible repatriation flights The U.S. Embassy in Freetown is continuing to work to organize repatriation flights to the United States. If you are interested in returning to the United States on a repatriation flight, you must complete the required information requested in the  travel request form .  Please include all requested information. Each …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Freetown

Location: Sierra Leone (countrywide) Event:  Nationwide Lockdown, Sunday to Tuesday, April 5-7, Repatriation Flight Scheduled Sierra Leone has recorded its first cases of COVID-19.  President Bio declared a state of emergency and has convened the Government of Sierra Leone COVID-19 response team.  There will be a nationwide lockdown on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, April 5-7.  All individuals in …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Freetown

Location: Sierra Leone (countrywide) Event:  Nationwide Lockdown, Sunday to Tuesday, April 5-7, Repatriation Flight April 10 Sierra Leone has recorded its first cases of COVID-19.  President Bio declared a state of emergency and has convened the Government of Sierra Leone COVID-19 response team.  There will be a nationwide lockdown on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, April 5-7.  All individuals …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Freetown

Location: Sierra Leone (countrywide) Event:  Nationwide Lockdown, Sunday to Tuesday, April 5-7   Sierra Leone has recorded its first cases of COVID-19.  President Bio declared a state of emergency and has convened the Government of Sierra Leone COVID-19 response team.  There will be a nationwide lockdown on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, April 5-7.  All individuals in …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Freetown

Location: Sierra Leone (countrywide) Event:  Repatriation Flight on April 10, 2020; Purchase Ticket by April 6   READ ENTIRE NOTICE Sierra Leone has recorded its first case of COVID-19.  President Bio declared a state of emergency and has convened the Government of Sierra Leone COVID-19 response team.  Please monitor local media sources for information on forthcoming restrictions that …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Freetown

Location:  Sierra Leone (countrywide) Event:  The Government of Sierra Leone has announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone. President Bio has declared a state of emergency for Sierra Leone and has convened the Government of Sierra Leone COVID-19 response team.  Please monitor local media sources for information on forthcoming restrictions that will be …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Freetown (March 27, 2020)

Location:  Sierra Leone (countrywide) Event:  There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone. President Bio has declared a state of emergency for Sierra Leone.  Please monitor local media sources for information on forthcoming restrictions that will be put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The U.S. Embassy will send updates as …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Freetown (March 26, 2020)

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Freetown (March 26, 2020) Location:  Sierra Leone (countrywide) Event:  There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone. The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  for COVID-19.  We recognize this has been a challenging period for many of our fellow Americans, particularly those of you seeking to depart Sierra Leone after …

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Sierra Leone COVID-19 Information (updated March 26, 2020)

Sierra Leone COVID-19 Information (updated March 26, 2020) Country Specific Information Sierra Leone has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders Lungi International Airport closed to all passenger flights on March 22. Quarantine requirements are imposed on travelers arriving from any country with confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Government of Sierra Leone has put …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Freetown (March 26, 2020) Location:  Sierra Leone (countrywide) Event:  There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone. The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  for COVID-19.  We recognize this has been a challenging period for many of our fellow Americans, particularly those of you seeking to depart Sierra Leone after …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone

Location: Sierra Leone Event: The government of Sierra Leone has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Sierra Leone has implemented mandatory quarantine for travelers who are traveling from countries with confirmed cases …

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Security Alert – U.S. EmbassyFreetown, Sierra Leone (3/1/2020)

Location: Guinean Embassy, Freetown Event: Guinean Legislative elections The Guinean legislative elections and constitutional referendum are scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 1.  On February 22, the Guinean Embassy in Freetown was attacked by Guinean nationals resulting in material damage to the building and one dead.  The Guinean Embassy will be used as a …

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COVID-19 Information

Sierra Leone COVID-19 Information (updated June 25, 2020) Country Specific Information As of June 23, the Government of Sierra Leone has confirmed 1,347 cases of COVID-19 and 55 deaths within its borders. The government has lifted the prior restrictions on inter-district travel and the mandatory curfew has been shortened.  Curfew hours now extend from 11:00 …

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Demonstration Alert– U.S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone

Location:   Fourah Bay College, Freetown Event:  Sources in the area of Fourah Bay College are reporting there are violent confrontations at the school, and an increased number of police maintaining order is expected. An enlarged security presence and continued confrontations will likely congest traffic on the main road leading through the college and could present …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy (Freetown, Sierra Leone)  (January 14, 2020) 

Location: Brookfields, Freetown Event: Reports indicate there are currently violent confrontations between APC and SLPP supporters near APC headquarters in Brookfields. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area today. Additionally, there is an increased amount of police in the area tasked with maintaining order. Expect the increased personnel and confrontations to congest traffic …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Freetown

Location: Sierra Leone Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay …

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Media Advisory: Travel Advisory for Sierra Leone Remains at Prior Year Level

The U.S. Department of State annually reviews and reissues travel advisories for every country. The information is provided to help travelers assess the risks of international travel and know what steps to take to ensure their safety while traveling. The travel advisory for Sierra Leone, reissued today, remains at Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. This …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone (October 30, 2019)

Location: Near Fourah Bay College, Mount Aureol, Freetown Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place today, at or near Fourah Bay College related to student elections. US government personnel are advised to avoid roads to and from Fourah Bay College until after 4:00 pm local time. Actions to Take: Avoid the area. Monitor local media for updates. …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone (September 19, 2019)

Location: Government Center, Tower Hill, Freetown, Sierra Leone US Embassy, Southridge/Hill Station, Freetown, Sierra Leone Other Diplomatic Missions, Freetown, Sierra Leone Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place today, September 19, 2019.  Reports on social media and on the radio are reporting there are planned demonstrations at the State House, U.S. Embassy and other diplomatic missions. …

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Notice on use of foreign currency while in Sierra Leone – U.S. Embassy Freetown August 29, 2019

  In a public notice dated August 20, the Bank of Sierra Leone announced a prohibition on conducting business in foreign currency. The notice applies to both quoting prices and making payments in any currency other than Leones (Le), and references the Bank of Sierra Leone Act of 2019. The prohibition went into effect immediately, …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone

Location: APC headquarters and Government Center-area in Freetown, Sierra Leone Event: Violent confrontations currently reported between APC supporters and the police at the APC headquarters.  Additionally, there is an increased amount of police in both areas tasked with maintaining order.  Expect the increased security personnel and confrontations to congest traffic in central Freetown. Actions to …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Freetown

Location:  Freetown, Countrywide  Event:  Independence Day celebrations will take place over the extended holiday weekend.  Expect crowded conditions at public events. Actions to Take: Avoid Crowds Be Aware of Your Surroundings Monitor Local Media for updates Assistance: U.S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone +(232) 99100 5000 +(232) 99905029 (after hours) consularfreetown@state.gov U.S. Embassy Freetown Website State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 …

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Demonstrations related to political events in Sierra Leone 

Demonstrations related to political events in Sierra Leone are planned for the central business district of Freetown from December 29-31, 2018. Gloucester Street, Wallace Johnson Street, Shaika Steven Street, Lamaina Sankoh Street and the State Avenue area are expected to be affected by the demonstrations.  Expect traffic congestion and an increased police presence in the area to …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bureh Beach Party

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone (December 8-9, 2018) Location: Bureh Beach Event:  December 8 to December 9, 2018, a Sierra Leone political organization is hosting a large beach party.  As with any large gathering, there is a risk of increased petty crime, including pickpocketing.  If travelling south of Freetown, exercise caution and …

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Protest Alert – U.S. Embassy Sierra Leone

Location:  Moriba Village (Southeast of Bo, Southern Region), Sierra Leone Event: Local authorities have notified the Embassy of continuing protests in the area of Moriba Village in the southern region of Sierra Leone.  The protests are related to an ongoing strike at the Sierra Rutile mine.  Roads may be blocked.  A Town Hall meeting was …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone

Locations: Lumley and Juba areas of Freetown Event: Civil disorder is expected to continue in Lumley and Juba this evening, Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  There is a large police and military presence in these areas.  U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid these areas. Actions to take: –         Avoid Lumley and Juba neighborhoods –         Monitor local media …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Freetown

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone (January 25-26, 2018) Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Freetown, Sierra Leone: Freetown, Downtown National Electoral Commission Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on January 25 and 26, 2018 beginning at 9 a.m.  On the 25th, Sierra …

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