Visa on Arrival

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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:

African Union countries (fee – $25)

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • DR Congo
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Gabon
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Rwanda,
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Western Sahara
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Non – Africa Union countries (fee – $80)

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • East Timor
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Grenadines
  • Guyana
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Tuvalu
  • United Arab Emirate (UAE)
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

Nationals of the following countries are not charged for visa on arrival as there is a reciprocal agreement with these countries not to charge each other for entry visas:

  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Eswatini (formally Swaziland)
  • Fiji
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Visa on arrival is only granted at the point of entry before the passenger proceed to immigration control.
  • It applies ONLY to visitors whether that is for tourism, business, religion, and academic or ordinary visit to see family and friends. It DOES NOT apply to people traveling to the country for other reasons like taking up employment, education, dependents, diplomats, etc. Where someone is traveling to the country for any of these reasons, they need to apply for a visa at the nearest Sierra Leone embassy/High Commission before undertaken such travel.
  • It is valid for ONLY for one month but can be extended at the immigration department once in-country.
  • It allows ONLY ONE entry into the country, meaning that it cannot be used to leave and re-enter the country.
  • It can be granted at any of the three major entry points into the country and these are:
  • Freetown International Airport, Lungi
  • Jendema – the crossing point from Liberia into Sierra Leone
  • Gbalamuya – the crossing point from Guinea into Sierra Leone

Vistitor

A visitor is a person coming to Sierra Leone for a short period, usually a month, for the purpose of visiting a friend, relative or as a tourist or conduct a business transaction. Visitors are not allowed to work or study except where the visa explicitly allows that.

Visa Extension

On entry into the country, visitors are normally granted a period of one month ONLY but this can be extended at the immigration department on the approval of the Chief Immigration Officer for one of the following reasons.

  • Searching for business opportunities
  • Staying for a further period as visitors/tourist

Re-Entry Visa

This visa is issued at the departments in Freetown to non-citizens who regularly visits the country. It is issued for a specific period (up to a year) and enable holders to travel as many times as they want during this period.  

Landing Visa Payment Exemption

This applies to staff of foreign Embassies/High Commission and international organisations including UN Agencies in Sierra Leone. It also applies to workers/personnel on contractual agreements with the Government of Sierra Leone. An exemption can further be acquired where there are a parliamentary or cabinet directives to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to extend it to a specific group.

However, for applicants to be exempted from paying a visa fee, they would write to the Director-General of Foreign Affairs who would, in turn, write to the Chief Immigration Officer for the acquisition of such exemption.

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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