Health & Safety

COVID-19

There are no travel bans in place for inbound international visitors travelling to Sierra Leone, provided they apply for authorisation through an online portal and submit the following:

On arrival at Freetown Lungi International Airport, passengers will be required to have both an RDT test and COVID-19 PCR test. Should the former be negative, you will be allowed to leave the airport and travel to your final destination, while you await the result of your PCR test, which will take no more than 48 hours. A health locator form with contact details must be completed so that officials can trace travellers who test positive.

If you test positive for the RDT test, you will be required to quarantine at a hotel in Lungi at your own expense while you await the PCR test results, which supersede the RDT result. Should the results of the PCR test be positive, you will be required to self-isolate until you return a negative PCR test, which will be administered by the NaCOVERC team at your hotel.

Before departing Sierra Leone, you will need to pay and apply for a PCR COVID-19 test through the same travel.gov.sl platform. The validity of the PCR test must be within 72 hours of your departure and certificates confirming the test result can be downloaded from the website between 36 and 48 hours of the test having been conducted.

If you test positive, you will be required to self-isolate and will not be allowed to travel until you return a negative PCR test, which will be administered by the NaCOVERC team at your hotel.

If your stay in Sierra Leone is for five days or less, you will not be required to present a negative PCR test for departure. Children under the age of two are also exempt.

The Government of Sierra Leone emergency line is 117 should you have any questions or symptoms while travelling in Sierra Leone.

All non-pharmaceutical protocols apply, including wearing of masks, social distancing and frequent washing and sanitising of hands.