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Sierra Leone Travel Restrictions

28.0 active COVID-19 cases out of 100,000 people
0.98% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 0.95% last week
Unvaccinated visitors from Canada need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Sierra Leone.
For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from Sierra Leone for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.

Sierra Leone entry details and exceptions

Travelers must present a travel authorization obtained before departure at www.travel.gov.sl.


Outgoing travel to Sierra LeoneTraveling from Canada to Sierra Leone

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from Canada must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 168 hours before departing to Sierra Leone.

Exceptions

On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test, at their own expense. 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.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from Canada will need to quarantine for days upon entering Sierra Leone.

Documents
Travel Authorization Form

Must be done prior to arrival in Sierra Leone


Return travelReturning to Canada from Sierra Leone

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travelers returning from Sierra Leone must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to Canada.

Exceptions

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test, other exemptions includes, a crew member or a person who seeks to enter Canada only to become such a crew member, emergency service providers, technical stops – flights refueling.

Travelers are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival in Canada at their own expense. Travelers are also required to take another COVID-19 molecular test on day 8 of their 14-day quarantine. They will receive a COVID-19 test kit and instructions before leaving the airport/border. Those who refuse will receive a $750 fine.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Sierra Leone will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Canada.

Details and exceptions

Travelers are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine, this includes a mandatory 3 night pre-paid booking at a government-authorized hotel, at their own expense (approximately 2,000 CAD) and take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival at their own cost.

Towards the end the quarantine period, travelers will be required to take another COVID-19 test. they will be required to stay in their place of quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Certain persons are exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirement when entering Canada for the purposes of performing an essential job or function as identified in the Order under the Quarantine Act. Exemption will be validated for each entry into Canada.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Sierra Leone

Masks:Required in public spaces.

FAQs

  • Most visitors from Canada can enter Sierra Leone but you need to provide a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure and to isolate for days

  • Travelers from from Canada are required to isolate for days. Please read the details under the "Quarantine Requirements" section.

  • Travelers coming from Canada will need a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure

  • Required in public spaces.

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