Welcome to the official website of

Sierra Leone Immigration Department

14 Gloucester Street, Freetown

Call: (+232) 22 – 224446 / 22 – 224447

 

Welcome Message

Chief Immigration Officer

You have come to the official website of the Sierra Leone Immigration Department (SLID) which is responsible for matters relating to immigration. This covers the issuance of passports and other travel documents, visas, resident permits and regulates the movement of people in and out of the country.

This website has been created to provide relevant information to both citizens and non-citizens about the services that we offer as a department. It has information on how to apply for a passport and other traveling documents including costs and service standards. It also has information on the various forms of visas and how to extend them plus advice on how to apply for resident permits and the cost of obtaining them. Furthermore, it has information on the immigration regulations which set out what foreign nationals can and cannot do in the country.

The public should now be able to use this platform to learn more about the various services we offer and make the relevant application to the department.

An interactive interface has been added through a feedback channel that allows users to raise queries or make contributions.

We welcome users and hope that they will find the information/advice that they are looking for on this website.

Andrew Jaiah Kaikai
Chief Immigration Officer

Passports

This can be obtained from the immigration department in Freetown. However, you can apply for it from a Sierra Leone High Commission/Embassy abroad

Visa

This can be obtained from a Sierra Leone High Commission/Embassy abroad and this visa qualifies the individual for entry into the country and it is in no way a reflection of the length of stay.

Visa on Arrival

Alternatively, you can acquire a visa on arrival at the port of entry/Airport/Seaport from the Immigration Officer if you are a national of one of the following countries..

Resident Permits

This is a visa issued to foreign nationals who want to reside in the country. It is normally issued for a period of one year and renewed annually. The resident permit can be issued for any of the following reasons..

Citizenship

Sierra Leone is a sovereign nation has various statutes/laws that set out the basis on which someone qualifies for citizenship and hence entitled to a Sierra Leonean passport.

Border Control

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Traveling to Sierra Leone

If you are traveling to Sierra Leone or transiting through it, your passport, Identity card or Emergency Travelling Certificate will be checked at the border crossing point. This could be at the airport, a land border or a seaport. The same checks will be carried out if you are leaving the country.

Entry Visa

This can be obtained from a Sierra Leone High Commission/Embassy abroad and this visa qualifies the individual for entry into the country and it is in no way a reflection of the length of stay.

Landing Visa

This can be acquired by the host, on behalf of the visitor from the Immigration department. For a non-ECOWAS foreign national to come to Sierra Leone, a credible resident or organization in the country will have to apply for a landing visa through a letter on their behalf to the Chief Immigration Officer.

Visa on Arrival

Alternatively, you can acquire a visa on arrival at the port of entry/Airport/Seaport from the Immigration Officer if you are a national of one of the following countries listed below; at the cost of $25 for African Union (AU) nationals and $80 for non-AU nationals….

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Sierra Leone Immigration Department

The Sierra Leone Immigration Department (SLID) is the government department with responsibility for regulating immigration into Sierra Leone as well issue passports and other travelling documents to Sierra Leoneans. 

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