COVID-19 Information

Sierra Leone COVID-19 Information

(updated April 2, 2020)

Country Specific Information

    • The Government of Sierra Leone has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
    • 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 additional restrictions that will be put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Visit the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health website for COVID information.
    • There will be a nationwide lockdown on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, April 5-7.  All individuals in Sierra Leone are required to stay at home during this three-day period.
    • Lungi International Airport closed to all passenger flights on March 22. All land and sea borders are closed to the movement of people.
    • Churches and mosques are closed, and public gatherings are cancelled. Schools are no longer in session.  The government has imposed restrictions on the number of passengers traveling by public transportation.
    • Citizens are required to observe social distancing protocols, stay home if they are sick, and seek medical attention if they show symptoms of COVID-19. If you have fever, tiredness, and cough, call 117 right away. Make sure to tell 117 if you or someone you know has traveled to another country in the last 14 days. Avoid travel if you have a fever or cough.
    • The government of Sierra Leone strongly advises all citizens and residents of Sierra Leone to postpone travel to any country which has reported confirmed cases of COVID-19. Quarantine requirements are imposed on travelers arriving from any country with confirmed cases of COVID-19.
    • Sierra Leone Alerts and Advisories

Evacuation Information

  • The Department of State is working to help United States citizens currently in Sierra Leone to return home, if possible.  If you are interested in being contacted with information about a possible commercial flight to the United States, please let us know.
  • Please send an email to FreetownEvac@state.gov with the subject line “Return Travel to the U.S.”  Please include the following information for each U.S. citizen member of your family or group. If minor children will be accompanied by a U.S. legal permanent resident guardian, please include this information in the e-mail:
    • Full name as it appears on your passport
    • Citizenship (only for Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S.)
    • Date of birth
    • Passport number
    • Date of passport issuance and expiration
    • Email address and contact phone number
    • Current location
    • Desired onward destination in the U.S.
  • We will contact you if a repatriation flight is being arranged and provide you with logistical information, including the cost per seat.
  • Interested parties should verify that their passports and other documentation are current and valid for at least six months from today’s date.

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