Current travel advisories for Sierra Leone

Last Update: Wednesday, 16. June 2021 at 08:28

Please reconsider your need to travel to Sierra Leone.


Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 4.3 / 5

Sierra Leone is a country in Africa (Western Africa) with around 7 million citizens and a land mass of 71,740 km². We detected travel advisories from 4 sources for this country.

Bordering countries: 4.2 / 5

Sierra Leone shares land borders with Guinea and Liberia. For these countries, the individual warning index is 4.5 (Guinea) and 3.8 (Liberia). See danger map of the region.

Current informationen on Covid-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control currently reports 6,396 cases of COVID-19 (infection with SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus).

There are 121 reported deaths associated with the disease in Sierra Leone.


Single advisories / travel warnings

New Zealand government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses. Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here. We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.

Danger level: 0


US American government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Reconsider travel to Sierra Leone due to crime. Exercise normal precautions due to COVID-19. 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 1 Travel Health Notice for Sierra Leone due to COVID-19, indicating a low level of COVID-19 in the country. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Sierra Leone. Country Summary: Violent crimes, such as robbery and assault, occur frequently in Sierra Leone, especially in Freetown. Local police often lack the resources to deal effectively with serious criminal incidents. If traveling outside the Freetown peninsula, make all efforts to complete your travel during daylight hours due to increased safety hazards at night.  The U.S. Embassy is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Freetown at night as U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling outside the capital after dark. Read the country information page.

Danger level: 4


Canadian government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel.

Danger level: 4

Avoid non-essential travel.

Australian government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Commercial flights are now operating, but land and sea borders are still closed. You must have approval to enter Sierra Leone. This can be obtained online (see 'Travel'). A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test must also be presented, taken in the 7 days before departure. Additional COVID-19 testing is conducted on arrival. The Australian High Commission in Accra has very limited capacity to provide consular assistance in Sierra Leone. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Sierra Leone due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel. 

Danger level: 5

Do not travel.

If there is more than one advisory/message of a single government for a given country, it indicates regional differences in means of security for your personal health and well-being. Single messages can indicate specific regions to be safer or less safe as mentioned in the main advisory. In these cases it's advisable to consult your own governments information. Additional Disclaimer: Since the evaluation is an automated process, it can only provide first steps for your own research. Please make sure to consult the sources.


Country information

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Basic facts

around 7 million
Covering landmass
71,740 km²
230V - 50Hz
Leone (SLL)
ISO 2-Letter Code
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Top Level Domain
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Airports in Sierra Leone (extern)


Frequently asked questions

This section gives some brief answers to common questions regarding travel safety in Sierra Leone.

Is Sierra Leone safe to travel in 2020?

There are some travel advisories for Sierra Leone. With a risk index of 4.3 out of 5 possible point, we suggest you consult your local authorities before booking a flight.

How many countries have issued advisories for Sierra Leone?

We currently know of 4 countries having issued advisories for Sierra Leone.

What countries does Sierra Leone share land borders with?

Sierra Leone shares land borders with Guinea and Liberia. For these countries, the individual warning index is 4.5 (Guinea) and 3.8 (Liberia). See danger map of the region.

Note of the displayed travel advisories
These travel advisories are automatically gathered. We use the RSS Feeds of the corresponding authorities of the single countries. In some cases, we analyse the website itself. Since the information originates from different countries and different countries have different understanding of danger and danger levels. Thus, the information displayed is an automized and normalized representation with no right to completeness and correctness. If a country is not shown, it doesn't necessarily mean it's safe. The information shown is a first indicator. Additional remark: the websites address does not endorse the situation of a 'Reisewarnung' (with its name). Often, it's just formal notifications by other countries. These can be the reason a country reaches scores of aorund 2.0 and still be a generally safe country to visit. Lower risk grades are usually no sign of a immanent threat!