Health Alert for U.S. Citizens

Event: Airport and places of worship to reopen; curfew hours shortened

Location: Sierra Leone (countrywide)

On July 9, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health confirmed 1,598 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 5:00 a.m.  Visit the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health website for updates.

Churches and mosques are open as of July 13 and Lungi International Airport is scheduled to open on July 22.  Several commercial airlines have started to take reservations for flights departing from Sierra Leone in July and August.  Please check with the commercial airlines or a travel agent for information on these flights.  We do not anticipate additional repatriation flights from Sierra Leone to the United States.

STEP Enrollment: All U.S. citizens in Sierra Leone are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  and monitor the Embassy’s website and Facebook page for the latest available information.  We will release updated information on the situation in Sierra Leone as it becomes available.   For the Embassy’s most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information Page.

U.S. Embassy Freetown Consular Operations: The consular section is closed for routine services at this time.  We remain available for emergency American Citizen Services (ACS).  If you are a U.S. citizen requiring emergency assistance, please contact the ACS Unit by e-mail at

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