U.S. Citizen Services

American Citizen Services

If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021.

You qualify for this exception if all the following are true:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are currently abroad seeking direct return to the United States.
  • You are flying directly to the United States, a United States territory, or have only short-term transit (“connecting flights”) through a foreign country on your direct return to the United States or to a United States Territory.
  • Your expired passport was originally valid for 10 years.  Or, if you were 15 years of age or younger when the passport was issued, your expired passport was valid for 5 years.
  • Your expired passport is undamaged.
  • Your expired passport is unaltered.
  • Your expired passport is in your possession.

You do not qualify for this exception if:

  • You wish to depart from the United States to an international destination.
  • You are currently abroad seeking to travel to a foreign country for any length of stay longer than an airport connection en route to the United States or to a United States territory.
  • Your expired passport was limited in validity.
  • Your expired passport is a special issuance passport (such as a diplomatic, official, service, or no-fee regular passport).
  • Your expired passport is damaged.
  • Your expired passport is altered.
  • Your expired passport is not in your possession.

Welcome to the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The United States government has no higher responsibility than to serve and protect its citizens, including those who reside or are temporarily abroad. We strive to render prompt, courteous, and efficient service to U.S. citizens, consistent with U.S. laws and regulations.

Effective June 1, 2013, the U.S. Embassy Freetown is enforcing an appointment-only system for all non-emergency services. The appointment system allows American citizens in Sierra Leone to plan ahead and book a time to complete their required service. This reduces wait times for U.S. citizens who require non-emergency services. Due to a consistently-growing workload, the ACS section has moved to the appointment-only policy that is being followed at Embassies and Consulates worldwide.

American citizens who come to the Embassy for non-emergency services, but who do not have an appointment, will not be able to receive non-emergency services, such as routine passport applications and renewals, additional visa pages, notary or report of birth services at that time.

The U.S. Embassy schedules appointments Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., except Sierra Leonean and American holidays.

To make an appointment, please click here. Please bring your passport or other form of photo identification to your appointment.

The ACS Unit provides a wide range of services to American citizens visiting or residing in Sierra Leone.  Use the links on the left for more information about our services.

We urge you to register with the Embassy if you will be traveling or living in Sierra Leone in order to allow the ACS Unit to better help and serve you, especially in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Please view our Hours, Contact Information, and Location.

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Have you or someone you know been the victim of fraud or impropriety when dealing with the U.S. Embassy Freetown Consular Section? We take allegations of fraud and impropriety seriously and investigate them to ensure the integrity of our Consular process. Please send an explanation of your experience, including details and evidence, to ConsFreetownFraud@state.gov. This email address is monitored by U.S. Consular Officers only.

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