Essentials in Sierra Leone

When travelling to Sierra Leone, foreign nationals from most countries require a passport valid for at least a year and a valid visa. It is always wise to seek up to date information from the closest consulate, high commission or embassy before travelling, to ensure that you have the most current information. Single-entry visas are valid for three months with a maximum stay of a year, extension when or if needed can be sought from the Department of Immigration in Freetown. Frequent travellers to the country also have the option of the multiple-entry tourist and business visas, valid for six months or one year. Medical facilities are limited and travel insurance that includes medical insurance, is advised before travelling to Sierra Leone. All travellers arriving from a yellow fever area are required to hold a vaccination certificate, but yellow fever is a risk in Sierra Leone and inoculation is needed, other recommended vaccinations include Hepatitis A, diphtheria, malaria, typhoid, tetanus and polio.

Essentials organisations in Sierra Leone
Immigration Department
National Tourist Board
Principal Immigration Officer
Sierra Leone Police Force Headquarters

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