SIERRA LEONE TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s known for the white-sand beaches lining the Freetown Peninsula. The capital city, Freetown, commemorates the nation’s slave-trade history with the Cotton Tree landmark and King’s Yard Gate. Both were known as places of refuge for returned slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

From an approximate 100km coastal belt of low-lying land, the country rises to a mountain plateau near the eastern frontier rising 1200m to 2000m with a rich timber forest region. Sierra Leone is rich in natural resources. It has some of the best beaches in the world, a rich colonial heritage, and some stunning scenery, but its greatest asset is its welcoming, friendly populace, most of whom will go out of their way to make a foreigner comfortable.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Flights to Sierra Leone have restarted.Travelers entering must present a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR or Rapid test result issued within 72 hours before departure; and must present a travel authorization obtained before departure at www.travel.gov.sl.On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test. Travelers will be allowed to leave the airport and travel if the RDT test is negative, while waiting for the result of the PCR test for no more than 48 hours.Travelers who test positive for the RDT test are subject to isolate at a hotel in Lungi at their own expense while waiting for the result of the PCR test. The PCR result supersedes the RDT result. If tested positive for the PCR test result, you’ll be contacted by Sierra Leonean health authorities and taken to a state treatment center. Travelers sitting in close proximity to a positive case on the flight will be treated as a primary contact and will have to self-isolate until presenting a negative PCR COVID-19 test. Social distancing and the use of face masks is mandatory at Freetown Lungi International airport.

 

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  • Capital: Freetown
  • Currency: leone (SLL)
  • Area: 71,740 km²
  • Population: 7,65 million (2018)
  • Language: English (official), Krio (English-based Creole), Mende (south), Temne (north)
  • Religion: Islam, Christianity, indigenous beliefs
  • Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (UK plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 27 April, Independence Day

Also, Christian holidays, especially Good Friday through Easter Monday, and the Islamic holidays of Maulid an-Nabi, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Tropical; Hot, Humid; Summer Rainy Season (May To December); Winter Dry Season (December To April)

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HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

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