The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Sierra Leone due to COVID-19 on August 6, 2020. See the updated Travel Advisory and the U.S. Embassy in Sierra Leone’s COVID-19 page for additional information.
Reconsider travel to Sierra Leone due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Sierra Leone due to crime.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Sierra Leone due to COVID-19.
Sierra Leone has lifted restrictions on inter-district travel, shortened curfew hours, and resumed some transportation options and business operations. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Sierra Leone.
Country Summary: Violent crime, such as armed robbery, and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources, capacity, and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.
The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Freetown at night as U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling outside the capital after dark.
Read the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Sierra Leone:
- See the U.S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19.
- Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
- Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry.
- Use caution when walking or driving at night.
- Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for Sierra Leone.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.