COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information:

Last updated: June 27, 2022

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of June 27, 2022, the Government of Sierra Leone has confirmed 7,694 cases of COVID-19 and 125 deaths within its borders
  • There are currently no curfews or inter-district travel restrictions.
  • Lungi International Airport is open for commercial airline flights.
  • 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 one calendar day? No
  • 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.
  • Are vaccines available in Sierra Leone for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Sierra Leone? AstraZeneca.  Additional information can be found here: https://travel.gov.sl/faq
  • 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:

Traveling into Sierra Leone by air:

  • After you have purchased your air ticket:
    • Register on the online travel portal at www.travel.gov.sl to receive an SL (Sierra Leone Incoming) number.
      • Fully immunized inbound passengers are not required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test to enter Sierra Leone or test upon arrival.
        • Fully vaccinated is defined as having completed the series of a vaccine plus two weeks after the last vaccine (i.e. completed both injections of Pfizer or Moderna OR one injection of J&J plus two weeks after the last shot).
      • Non or partially immunized inbound passengers are not required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test to enter Sierra Leone but are required to test on arrival
        • You will be required to pay the fee online after registering on www.travel.gov.sl.  This will cover a rapid diagnostic test (nose swab) and a PCR test (nasopharyngeal swab) which will be conducted at the airport after your arrival.
  • After arrival you enter the terminal, proceed to the Immigration Officer and hand him/her your passport and Sierra Leone Immigration Form (you will be given this on the plane). You will show your yellow WHO International Certification of Vaccinations card showing proof of a current Yellow Fever vaccination to the doctor who screens visitors after clearing immigration.  Please also have your Sierra Leone Health Status Form ready in case requested (you will be given this on the plane).

All passengers will go through a COVID-19 screening process after exiting baggage claim and customs.  Passenger temperatures will be taken, and basic health and travel history questions asked; an airport official will check that all passengers over the age of 5 years old have registered on the travel portal.  All passengers over the age of 5 years old who are non or partially immunized will be tested for COVID-19 via two methods, the rapid diagnostic test and PCR test.

Traveling out of Sierra Leone by air:

  • After you have purchased your air ticket:
    • Register on the online travel portal at www.travel.gov.sl to receive an SL (Sierra Leone Outbound) number.
    • You will be required to pay the fee online.  We recommend you pay the additional requested amount for the premium service so the testers will come to your location (i.e. your hotel)
    • Call 117 to schedule your COVID-19 PCR test between 48-72 hours prior to departure.  Please do not schedule less than 48 hours prior to your departure due to difficulties in receiving the results in a timely manner. *NOTE: Many travelers have found this challenging due to the line frequently being busy or no one answering the calls.  Scheduling your test usually requires MULTIPLE calls before you get through to someone.
    • Prior to departing you will need to login at www.travel.gov.sl and use your SL number to print your certificate.
    • This test is required by GoSL to depart the country regardless of vaccination status for all travelers 5 years of age and older.
    • If traveling to the United States, you are required to have a COVID test (rapid antigen OR PCR) no earlier than one calendar day prior to starting your trip. This testing requirement is mandatory regardless of vaccination status for all travelers 2 years of age and older.

*All travelers bear the responsibility of knowing the most up-to-date entry/exit requirements for their destination:

      • In addition, as of February 1, 2022, all departing passengers must go to http://trustedtravel.panabios.org/ to register, obtain a Trusted Travel (TT) code, and a COVID-19 test certificate.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
  • 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? Yes, if they receive a positive COVID-19 test result

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 notarial.
  • U.S. Embassy Freetown is open for all immigrant and 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