Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Political Rallies throughout Freetown

October 11, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has learned that political rallies are ongoing throughout Freetown, especially in the downtown area, at this time.  Should you find yourself in an area where a rally is occurring, you should leave the area as soon as possible. 

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including at local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Sierra Leone enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Sierra Leone
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • You can contact U.S. Embassy Freetown is located at Southridge, Hill Station Freetown, Sierra Leone.
  • You can contact us at +232- 99 105-500 during regular business hours or call the Emergency After-Hours Telephone +232-99 905-029.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-444 from other countries 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).