Anyone entering Sierra Leone must have a valid passport or travel document.
Citizens of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) do not require a visa to enter the country.
The Republic of Guinea is to the north and northeast; Liberia is to the east and southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean on the west and south. 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.
The peninsula, on which the capital and main commercial centre of Freetown stands, is 40km long and 17km wide with a mountainous interior.
Please note that Yellow Fever vaccination certificates are required for most nationalities.
Proof of vaccination showing the vaccine was provided 10 days prior to arrival might be required to get a visa and is checked at the airport on arrival.
Away from Freetown, mains electricity is only available in Bo and Kenema and comes and goes unpredictably.
Contact the local embassy for current prices (UK , USA ).
From October to March, the weather is generally dry with many hot, sunny days. The rainfall increases to a peak in July and August and then decreases until rain has almost ceased by November.
Coastal belt of mangrove swamps, wooded hill country, upland plateau, mountains in east.
Come early in the morning (9 am), expect to be invited for a detailed interview taking places a few hours later and possibly to get the visa the next day (official maximum being 72h).
The process is clean and you will get a receipt for your payment.