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COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSierra Leone's airspace has now reopened. Land borders remain closed. Essential cargo goods are exempt from this measure.
(Until further notice)
Inbound air travellers must obtain authorisation from the government of Sierra Leone through their online portal https://www.travel.gov.sl/. Travellers are required to register in advance, pay 80 euros for two COVID-19 tests to be done upon arrival and provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test not older than seven days before departure. Proof of these steps must be presented upon boarding.

For travellers coming from Argentina, Brazil, India and Turkey or who have stayed in one of these countries in the past 14 days the negative PCR COVID-19 test must be not older than 72 hours before departure and must show and must show the date and time it was taken, the name of the certified laboratory where the swab was analysed, and evidence of the original laboratory report, for verification by the airline and Government of Sierra Leone health representatives on arrival. Additionally, travellers from these countries will be required to quarantine (see quarantine section).

In addition to the pre-travel PCR test, a rapid diagnostic test and a PCR test will be performed upon arrival for all travellers. If the rapid diagnostic test upon arrival is positive, travellers will be accompanied to a government designated hotel in Lungi at the cost of the traveller while waiting 24-72 hours for the PCR test result. If the rapid diagnostic test is negative, travellers will be allowed to move freely while waiting for the PCR test result. If the PCR test is positive, travellers will be contacted by the health authorities and advised to isolate.
(Until further notice)
International ports remain operational for freight only. Ferry services to/from Freetown International Airport are suspended although occasional pirogues might still operate on a private basis.
(Until further notice)
Travellers coming from Argentina, Brazil, India and Turkey or who have stayed in one of these countries in the past 14 days must quarantine in a government of Sierra Leone approved quarantine facility/hotel for a minimum of eight days from arrival at their own expense. They will be tested on day seven after arrival. If they test negative they can end quarantine.

People that have been fully vaccinated and arrive in the country at least 14 days after the last dose of any COVID-19 vaccine, will not be required to quarantine. However, they will be tested for COVID-19 at the airport. A 14-day self-quarantine is required for children accompanying fully vaccinated adults.

The list of approved hotels are: Hotel Mariam, Radisson Blu Hotel, Bintumani Hotel, Seaside Hotel, Kings Empire Hotel and Hill Valley Hotel.
(Until further notice)
OutboundOutbound travellers are required to produce a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours before departing from Freetown Airport. This test will have to be scheduled and paid for on the government website: https://www.travel.gov.sl/

No pre-departure test is required for travellers who spent less than five days in Sierra Leone.
(Until further notice)
Sierra Leone's airspace has now reopened. The land border with Liberia remains closed. Essential cargo goods are exempt from this measure.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticThe state of Public Health Emergency has been lifted.
(Until further notice)
The curfew has been lifted. Restaurants and bars operate during the week and must close during the weekend.

Face masks are mandatory in public premises and on public transport which is operating at reduced capacity.
(Until further notice)
Private events should nto exceed 50 people.
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Sierra Leone

COVID-19 information for Sierra Leone

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Road traffic accidents and opportunistic crime are the main risks. Petty criminals mostly target valuables left unattended and violence against foreign nationals is rare; it is safe to walk during daylight hours in urban areas. Residential break-ins are frequent but rarely involve violence.

While improving, road infrastructure remains poor outside of roads connecting main cities. A four-wheel drive is recommended for all road moves, even within major cities. The limited availability of medical assistance increases risks related to road travel and careful logistical planning is required. Risks increase during the rainy season (May-October), when heavy rain makes roads impassable and diminishes the attention of guards.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Sierra Leone
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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PolioAll travellers are recommended to be fully
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverSierra Leone is a country with a risk of yellow
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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