Sierra Leone Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes

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To enter Sierra Leone, a passport valid for six months from the date of visa application is required by nationals referred to in the chart above.


Visas for Sierra Leone are required by nationals referred to in the chart above.

Citizens from the following countries can visit Sierra Leone without a visa and can stay for up to 90 days: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo.

Citizens of the following countries can obtain a visa on arrival: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Eswatini, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Zambia.

Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Sierra Leone.

Visa note

All travellers require a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Types and cost

Visa prices vary depending on the visitor’s nationality. Please check with your local embassy or consulate in advance.


Single-entry visas are valid for three months from the date of issue for stays of up to 30 days.

Multiple-entry visas are valid for six months or one year from the date of issue with a maximum stay of 30 days for each visit.


If in transit on a commercial route (flight, cruise ship etc.), a visa is not required providing that you do not disembark. If you are on land and are transiting through Sierra Leone, you may require a single-entry visa as a minimum.

Application to

For national required to obtain a visa in advance, an application should be made at the consulate (or consular section at embassy or high commission) in your country of residence.

Working days

Allow at least five working days for visa processing. Express service of two to three days is available.

Sufficient funds

You may be required to show proof of your financial status during the visa application process.

Entry with children

There are no restrictions for entering the country with children.

Entry with pets

Pets must be vaccinated for rabies no more than six months prior to visiting Sierra Leone. A veterinary certificate is also required. Pets need to be registered with the immigration authorities either prior to entering or on entry, to Sierra Leone.

Embassies and tourist offices

British High Commission in Sierra Leone
Telephone: (0) 7820 0192. Website: Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0800-1630; Fri 0800-1300. Consular section: Mon-Thurs 0830-1130; Fri 0830-1100.
Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 939 9261. Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700. Consular section: Mon-Fri 1000-1500.
High Commission for the Republic of Sierra Leone in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7404 0140. Website: Opening times: Mon-Thurs 1000-1300 for visa submissions and 1430-1530 for collections.

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.