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You must pay for a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, as well as taking a pre-departure test before you arrive in the UK (a Return PCR or Antigen Fit to Fly test) and two PCR tests upon return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8).
*If you were fully vaccinated in the UK at least 14 days ago, you do not need to quarantine, but still need to take a pre-departure test before arriving in the UK (a Return PCR or Antigen Fit to Fly test), and one PCR test on return to the UK (Day 2).

Sierra Leone Travel Restrictions

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Who can travel to

Sierra Leone

?

Foreign Nationals, Permanent Residence Holders, Partners to Foreign Nationals, Business Travellers, Tourists

Accepted tests for entry

PCR

Test window

7 days

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Sierra Leone COVID-19 Entry Requirements

Who can travel to

Sierra Leone

?

Foreign Nationals, Permanent Residence Holders, Partners to Foreign Nationals, Business Travellers, Tourists

Do children need to be tested?

Testing is not required for children under the age of 5 years old.

Test Requirements

PCR

Test window

7 days

Result format

Print, Digital

Quarantine required and quarantine length

No

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Can You Travel To Sierra Leone?

In a travel advisory announcement on 10 Septembe 2020r, the Government of Sierra Leone announced COVID-19 arrival and departure protocols for anyone wishing to travel to and from Sierra Leone. If you intend to travel to Sierra Leone, you must get authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the online portal before you travel.

To get authorisation you must have:

  • proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no earlier than 7 days prior to your date of travel;
  • a pre-departure public health passenger locator form;
  • and proof of payment for on arrival COVID-19 tests paid for through the portal

Arrivals whose stay in the country does not exceed 5 days do not require to be tested again before leaving the country. However, passengers are required to request a certificate of the negative PCR test result that was administered to them when they arrived in Sierra Leone.

On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test (in addition to the negative test result required to get authorisation to travel to Sierra Leone). If you test negative for the RDT test, you’ll be allowed to leave the airport and to travel to your final destination, where you must observe public health protocols while you wait for the result of your PCR test (which is expected to take no more than 48 hours). A health locator form with contact details must be completed.

If you test positive for the RDT test, you’ll be required to quarantine at a hotel in Lungi at your own expense while you wait for the result of your PCR test. The PCR result supersedes the RDT result. If you test positive for the PCR test result, you’ll be contacted by Sierra Leonean health authorities and required to self-isolate.

Before departure from Sierra Leone, you’ll need to pay for and take a PCR COVID-19 test through the portal within 72 hours of your departure. Certificates confirming the test result will be emailed to you and copies made available for you to collect in person at the airport. You’ll need to provide this certificate confirming your test result at check-in.

You’re exempt from the COVID-19 test on departure if you arrived in Sierra Leone fewer than 5 days before departing. Children under two years of age are also exempt.

Local Measures
There is a curfew on all movement from 11pm to 5am.

  • Bars and restaurants are required to close at 9pm.
  • It is now compulsory to wear a mask when in a vehicle.
  • Large public gatherings are still limited, and events of over 100 people (e.g. concerts, sporting events) are prohibited.
  • Places of worship, churches and mosques have re-opened for worship but there are restrictions on numbers.

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Travelling To Sierra Leone FAQs

Advice and answers from the Corona Test Centre Team

What do the three colours of the UK’s ‘Traffic Light System’ for travel mean?

  • Red: You must pay for a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, as well as taking a pre-departure test (a Fit to Fly test) and two PCR tests upon return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8).
  • Amber: You will need to quarantine for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test (a Fit to Fly test), and two PCR tests on return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8). When you return to the UK,  you can take a test on Day 5 (Test to Release) to leave quarantine early.
  • Green: You will not need to quarantine on return, but you must take a pre-departure test (a Fit to Fly test), and a PCR test on return to the UK on Day 2.


How will the government decide which countries go on the green, amber or red lists?

Countries are assigned to the three lists, based on a range of Covid-19 health metrics, which include figures on population vaccination, infection rates and prevalence of variants. The different traffic light colours indicate the risk in each destination and the associated tests and quarantine periods required. Lists are reassessed every three weeks, to account for changes in each country’s COVID-19 situation.

Will I need a PCR Fit to Fly Certificate to travel to

Sierra Leone

?

The PCR test is the gold standard for testing coronavirus and so is recommended for travel to all countries. For Sierra Leone, only PCR Fit to Fly Certificates are accepted.

Will I need an Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate to travel to

Sierra Leone

?

The PCR test is the gold standard for testing coronavirus and so is recommended for travel to all countries. For Sierra Leone, only PCR Fit to Fly Certificates are accepted. You will not be able to use an Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate to enter Sierra Leone but you will be able to use one to return to the UK.

Will I need a Day 2 test or Day 2 and 8 when I return to the UK?

Sierra Leoneis currently on the red list, this means that you will need a Day 2 PCR test and a Day 8 PCR test. You will need to buy this before you travel to the UK and use the reference code on your passenger location form. You can book these tests online, but you will also have to arrange accommodation at a government chosen hotel on your arrival into the UK. Please note that the travel restrictions are subject to change at very short notice.

I’m vaccinated, what tests do I need?

Sierra Leone is currently on the red list. Even though you are vaccinated, you will still need a Day 2 PCR test and a Day 8 PCR test. You will need to buy this before you travel to the UK and use the reference code on your passenger location form. You can book these tests online, but you will also have to arrange accommodation at a government chosen hotel on your arrival into the UK. Please note that the travel restrictions are subject to change at very short notice.

Can I enter

Sierra Leone

with a double vaccination certificate?

Sierra Leone does not accept vaccination as an entry requirement and so you will need to provide a PCR Fit to Fly Certificate

What happens if I have visited another country before flying back to the UK from

Sierra Leone

?

The government advice for passengers travelling from Sierra Leone is that if you have visited another country in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK that is a higher risk than Sierra Leone, you must follow the travel guidance for the highest risk country you visited.

What else will I need to return to the UK?

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