Covid -19 Travel Guide

Entry to Sierra Leone

If you intend to travel to Sierra Leone, you must be granted travel authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the online portal. Visit for more information.

To get authorisation you must have:

  • proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no earlier than 7 days prior to your date of travel;
  • a pre-departure public health passenger locator form;
  • and proof of payment for on arrival COVID-19 tests paid for through the portal

Note: Arrivals whose stay in the country does not exceed 5 days do not require to be tested again before leaving the country. However, passengers are required to request a certificate of the negative PCR test result that was administered to them when they arrived in Sierra Leone. Visit for more information.

Testing on Arrival

On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test (in addition to the negative test result required to get authorisation to travel to Sierra Leone). If you test negative for the RDT test, you will be allowed to leave the airport and to travel to your final destination, where you must observe public health protocols while you wait for the result of your PCR test (which is expected to take no more than 48 hours). A health locator form with contact details must be completed.


Testing on Departure

Before departure from Sierra Leone, you will need pay for and take a PCR COVID-19 test through the portal within 72 hours of your departure. Certificates confirming the test result will be emailed to you and copies made available for you to collect in person at the airport. You will need to provide this certificate confirming your test result at check-in. If you test positive, you’ll not be allowed to travel and you will need to follow public health protocols for isolation and contact tracing.