Visas and Travel Documents
All persons entering Sierra Leone must have a valid passport or travel document. Citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) do not require a visa to enter the country, but citizens of all other countries do. Everyone needs a work permit. It is not advisable to try and get a visa on arrival as some flights will not allow you to board for Sierra Leone in the first place. Visas are issued at Sierra Leone's overseas missions. For more information visit the Sierra Leone Immigration website http://immigrationsl.s5.com
A vaccination certificate for yellow fever is required if traveling to and from certain areas. Consult the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/travel for up to date travel health information. You should take anti-malaria tablets and consult your doctor or specialist travel clinic at least six to eight weeks prior to travel regarding other health precautions for traveling to tropical regions. If you travel outside of Freetown, there will be fewer opportunities for health care, particularly in remote regions. Even in Freetown services are significantly more limited than you would have at home.