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Last verified: Thursday, 17. October 2019 at 07:24 AM

Sierra Leone Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Travelling Sierra Leone is (relatively) safe

Local Situation: 2.5 / 5

Travelling Sierra Leone is (relatively) safe. We detected travel advisories from 4 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.4 / 5

Sierra Leone shares land borders with Guinea and Guinea. For these countries, the individual warning index is 2.5 (Guinea) and 2.3 (Liberia).

Advice scoring history for Sierra Leone

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Sierra Leone.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Sierra Leone from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 2.5 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise increased caution in Sierra Leone due to crime. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources, capacity, and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Freetown at night as U.S. government employees ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/sierra-leone-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Exercise increased caution in Sierra Leone due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/sierra-leone

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/sierra-leone

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Individual rating changes for Sierra Leone

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Sierra Leone. Most recent events first.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Sierra Leone changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for Sierra Leone with a rating of 2.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Sierra Leone with a rating of 3.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Sierra Leone with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Sierra Leone with a rating of 3.0.

About Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone with its capital Freetown is a country in Africa (Western Africa), slightly smaller than South Carolina (71,740 km²). The country is located Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Liberia. The climate can be described as tropical; hot, humid; summer rainy season (May to December); winter dry season (December to April). The landscape is coastal belt of mangrove swamps, wooded hill country, upland plateau, mountains in east. With a population of about 6.29 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Freetown
Population about 6.29 million
Size 71.740 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than South Carolina
Common languages English, Telugu
Currency Leone (short: SLL)
Common voltage (electricity) 230V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900/1800
International phone prefix +232
Internet Top Level Domain .sl
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 SL
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 SLE
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 694

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Sierra Leone is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • and slash-and-burn agriculture have resulted in deforestation and soil exhaustion
  • civil war depleted natural resources
  • expansion of cattle grazing
  • overfishing
  • overharvesting of timber
  • rapid population growth pressuring the environment

Natural hazzards

  • dry, sand-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara (December to February)
  • sandstorms, dust storms

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Sierra Leone. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. bauxite mining
  2. beverages
  3. diamond mining
  4. footwear
  5. iron ore
  6. rutile
  7. small-scale manufacturing
  8. textiles

Agriculture products

  1. cashews
  2. cattle
  3. cocoa
  4. coffee
  5. fish
  6. palm kernels
  7. palm oil
  8. peanuts
  9. pigs
  10. poultry

Sierra Leonean Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Sierra Leone.

Export products

  1. cocoa
  2. coffee
  3. diamonds
  4. fish
  5. iron ore
  6. rutile

Import products

  1. chemicals
  2. equipment
  3. foodstuffs
  4. fuels
  5. lubricants
  6. machinery

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Sierra Leone?

Sierra Leone is currently rated at 2,5 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 4 official sources. Travelling Sierra Leone is (relatively) safe.

Is it safe to travel Sierra Leone in 2019?

You are good to go, enjoy your trip to Sierra Leone.

How many travel advisories do you know for Sierra Leone?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 4 individual sources for Sierra Leone.

What is the size of Sierra Leone?

Sierra Leone has a size of 71,740 km² or 27,699 mi² which is slightly smaller than South Carolina.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.