FCO Travel Advice for - Sierra Leone

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  • Visitors to the British High Commission Freetown should take care due to road works immediately outside, affecting access for visa and consular customers.
  • The Presidential inauguration will take place at the National Stadium in Freetown at 10:00 on Friday 21 February. Large crowds are expected in around the National Stadium and towards State House.

  • None of the options for transferring between the international airport at Lungi and Freetown is risk-free. You should study the transfer options carefully before travelling, especially if you plan to arrive at night. See Local Travel (Getting to Freetown from the airport).

  • Strong currents are common at beaches in Sierra Leone and there is no lifeguard or emergency service. Drownings have occurred.

  • Petty crime is common and violent crime is increasing, particularly around public holidays. Take particular care in the central commercial district, Lumley Beach, Aberdeen and eastern areas of Freetown. See Crime.

  • Travel outside the Western Area can be difficult, as roads and infrastructure are poor. See Local Travel.

  • There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

  • There are few health facilities in Sierra Leone and medical care is poor. Most health care providers will expect payment before treatment. See Health.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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