Last Updated: 1/11/2021
- As of January 11, 2021, the Government of Sierra Leone has confirmed 2,834 cases of COVID-19 and 77 deaths within its borders.
- There are no restrictions on inter-district travel and there is no longer a curfew in place.
- Lungi International Airport is open for commercial airline flights. All land and sea borders are closed to the movement of people.
- Churches and mosques are open.
- Public gatherings are now permitted in limited numbers. The government has imposed restrictions on the number of passengers traveling by public transportation.
- Citizens are required to observe social distancing protocols, wear cloth face coverings in public, stay home if they are sick, and seek medical attention if they show symptoms of COVID-19. If you have a fever and/or cough, call 117.
- The President of Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and has convened a COVID-19 response team. Please monitor local media sources for information on any additional restrictions that may be put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visit the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health website for more information.
- Find additional information here: Sierra Leone Alerts and Advisories
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- The Ministry of Health & Sanitation announced the following health measures and protocols for arriving and departing passengers (age five and up) at Lungi International Airport:
- All arriving passengers will be required to:
- Obtain an authorization before arriving.
- Have their temperature taken for symptoms of COVID-19.
- Provide a negative COVID-19 test result issued within one week of the date of departure.
- Take two COVID-19 tests upon arrival, at their own expense. The two tests consist of a rapid diagnostic test (RDT), which is performed by taking a blood sample, and a diagnostic test (RT-PCR), which is taken by nasal swap. The cost is $80.00. If the RDT comes back positive, the passenger will be quarantined at a nearby facility until the RT-PCR results are received 24-72 hours later. Please note that all passengers’ passports will be held until the RT-PCR test results are received. Additional testing information can be found here.
- All departing passengers will be required to:
- Provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure, at their own expensive. The cost is Le 500,000 (~$50.00) and can be administered at home for an additional L200,000 fee. Testing information can be found here.
- All arriving passengers will be required to:
- The Department of State has issued a Level 3 “Reconsider Travel” Health Advisory for Sierra Leone due to COVID-19.
Travelers departing Sierra Leone from Lungi International Airport should follow the procedures below:
- All passengers are to arrive three to four hours before check-in time.
- All passengers must wear a face mask.
- Only ticketed passengers will be allowed entry into the airport.
- All passengers entering the airport gate will be subject to mandatory screening.
- All passengers will be required to wash their hands.
- Passengers will be required to stand in marked spaces within the terminal area.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- In the event of a positive test result, passengers will be taken to a treatment center if they are displaying symptoms.
- Departing passengers can obtain COVID-19 tests at a government hospital, Special Court, ADRA hospital or at a location of their choice for an additional fee. There are no private testing facilities. Call 117 for more information.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- U.S. Embassy Freetown is open for both emergency and routine ACS services including passport renewals, consular reports of birth abroad (CRBAs) and notarials.
- U.S. Embassy Freetown is closed for all immigrant and non-immigrant visa services.
Getting to Sierra Leone:
- If you plan to transit Europe en route to Sierra Leone, refer to State.gov for more information.
Entering the United States:
- For information about entry into the United States for U.S. citizens, please visit the Department of State website. U.S. visa holders and lawful permanent residents should refer to the Department of Homeland Security for the latest travel restrictions that may apply to you, including the March 11 Presidential Proclamation implementing restrictions for travelers present in the Schengen area (PP 9993) (which includes transiting via Brussels) within 14 days of attempted entry to the United States. In addition, non-immigrant and immigrant visa holders should be aware of the April 22 Presidential Proclamation and the new June 22 Presidential Proclamation also on the DHS website.
- While many visa classes are subject to restrictions for travelers present in the Schengen area (PP 9993), student travelers with a valid F-1 or M-1 visa who are applying for or have valid visas may travel to the United States even as PP 9993 remains in effect; please refer to the State Department’s website. Students must still meet all Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) requirements.
- Visit the Sierra Leone Country Information and Travel Advisory page for information on COVID-19 in Sierra Leone.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Sierra Leone.
- Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive Alerts and Messages for U.S. visitors to Sierra Leone.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
U.S. Embassy Freetown
Southridge, Hill Station
+(232) 99 105 500
+(232) 99 105 029 (after hours)
Routine services for U.S. citizens are suspended. Email emergency requests to ConsularFreetown@state.gov.