COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated    July 26, 2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at Freetown to request one. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

Country-Specific Information

  • As of July 26, 2021, the Government of Sierra Leone has confirmed 6,228 cases of COVID-19 and 118 deaths within its borders.
  • There are currently no curfews or inter-district travel restrictions.
  • 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 but gatherings must be limited to 90 minutes.
  • 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

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Sierra Leone? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • All passengers ages five years and older departing Lungi International Airport are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure at their own expense. Tests can be obtained at any government hospital, Special Court, Adventist Development and Relief Agency Hospital, or with the District Health Management Team for a fee of Le 500,000 (~$50.00), or can be administered at home for an additional L200,000 (~$20.00) fee, and can be paid for via mobile money (Orange or Africell).
  • Passengers must return to their testing site to obtain their results.
  • Additional COVID-19 testing information can be found here
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review this page 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Sierra Leone approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes. The vaccines are currently only available to Sierra Leonean citizens.
  • Are vaccines available in Sierra Leone for U.S. citizens to receive? No
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • 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 (~$20.00) fee. Testing information can be found here.
  • 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

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Consular Operations

  • 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 open for all immigrant visa services and is closed to most non-immigrant visa services.

Local Resources:

  • Ministry of Health and Sanitation
  • Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs
  • Other links:

Consular Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Freetown
Southridge, Hill Station
Sierra Leone
+(232) 99 105 500
+(232) 99 105 029 (after hours)
Please send consular service inquiries to ConsularFreetown@state.gov

 

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