Wordtravels

Wordtravels

 

 

Sierra Leone Travel Information

The Basics

Time

Local time is GMT.

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts 50Hz, but supplies are erratic and power failures common. Round three-pin plugs or rectangular three-blade plugs are used.

Language

English is the official language, although each ethnic group has its own tribal language, used more widely in the interior of the country. Krio is a form of Pidgin English that is widely spoken in Freetown.

Travel Health

Health policies require that all travellers arriving from a yellow fever area have a vaccination certificate, but yellow fever is a risk throughout the country and immunisation is recommended for all visitors. Other recommended vaccinations include Hepatitis A, typhoid, rabies and polio. Malaria and dengue fever are high risks and precautions against mosquito bites are advised, as well as prophylaxis for malaria, which occurs throughout the year. As of mid-2014, there has been an outbreak of ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone resulting in roughly 400 deaths; visitors are advised to stay away from Kailahun District in the eastern region of the country. Outbreaks of Lassa fever is endemic in the east. HIV/AIDS is prevalent. Diarrhoea and dysentery are common complaints and water should be treated before drinking. Cholera is also a concern. Travellers should bring adequate supplies of personal medication to the country, as supplies are often not available in pharmacies. Medical care is limited in Freetown and almost non-existent elsewhere. An emergency hospital is located near Freetown, but the bad road makes it difficult to get there; there is no ambulance service in the country. Comprehensive travel insurance is advised, which includes emergency evacuation.

Tipping

A service charge of about 10 percent is included in restaurant and hotel bills, but otherwise tipping is optional.

Safety Information

Since the end of the 10-year civil war, the security situation has improved although it is still fragile. Political demonstrations and large gatherings should be avoided as these have the potential to turn violent. Travellers are advised to avoid the areas bordering Liberia and Guinea. There are incidences of violent crime in Freetown, including armed theft and assault, but petty crime is more common with pick-pocketing and other opportunistic crimes prevalent throughout the country. A number of violent incidents have taken place around the bars and nightclubs at Lumley Beach and visitors are advised to be cautious in the area after dark. Travel outside of the Western Area that includes Freetown can be difficult as roads are poor and transport unreliable. All road or sea transfers from the airport to Freetown should be done in daylight hours only due to safety concerns.

Local Customs

Homosexuality is illegal. There is a strong Muslim culture and visitors should be sensitive to religious customs, particularly during the month of Ramadan when eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours should be discreet as it is forbidden by the Muslim culture. Visitors should be aware it is illegal to buy or export diamonds, gold or ivory without the necessary licenses.

Business

Business etiquette in Sierra Leone varies according to individual sectors, however it is always advisable to make appointments in advance and arrive on time for all meetings. For more formal dealings, lightweight suits are to be worn. Shaking hands for men and women is the most common form of introduction and business cards are exchanged. Business hours are generally 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Communications

The international dialling code for Sierra Leone is +232. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). The city code for Freetown is (0)22; other areas do not require a code. Sierratel provides national and international telephone services. A prepaid GSM900 mobile network is available in Freetown and other towns around the country, and prepaid cards can be bought throughout the country. International roaming is available. The use of mobile phones is high due to the unreliability of landlines. Internet cafes are available in Freetown and other provincial towns.

Duty Free

Travellers may bring 200 cigarettes or 225g tobacco, and 1 litre of wine or spirits into the country without paying customs duty. Narcotics are strictly forbidden.

Become our Sierra Leone Travel Expert

We are looking for contributors for our Sierra Leone travel guide. If you are a local, a regular traveller to Sierra Leone or a travel professional with time to contribute and answer occasional forum questions, please contact us.

  URI STRING  
/Travelguide/Countries/Sierra+Leone/basics
  CLASS/METHOD  
countries/index
  MEMORY USAGE  
1,518,296 bytes
  BENCHMARKS  
Loading Time Base Classes  0.0851
Controller Execution Time ( Countries / Index )  0.0695
Total Execution Time  0.1551
  GET DATA  
No GET data exists
  POST DATA  
No POST data exists
  DATABASE:  globe_media   QUERIES: 39   
0.0005   INSERT INTO `ci_sessions(`session_id`, `ip_address`, `user_agent`, `last_activity`) VALUES ('a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3''54.211.73.232''CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/)'1416984984) 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0005   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = '' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = 'a:1:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";}' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = 'a:2:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:12:\"Sierra Leone\";}' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0004   UPDATE `ci_sessionsSET `last_activity` = 1416984984, `user_data` = 'a:3:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:12:\"Sierra Leone\";s:13:\"selected_node\";s:6:\"basics\";}' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0005   SELECT *
FROM (`config_categories`)
WHERE `type` = 'left'
AND `parent_category_idIN (SELECT id FROM config_categories WHERE link "/countries")
AND `
display_order` != '0'
ORDER BY `display_order
0.0006   SELECT `province_code`, `province_name`, `c`.`country_name`
FROM (`provincesp)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `p`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Sierra Leone'
ORDER BY `p`.`province_name
0.0026   SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name  FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN countries c ON c.country_code rc.country_code LEFT JOIN provinces p ON rc.province_code p.province_code WHERE c.country_name "Sierra Leone"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != 1 UNION SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN provinces p ON p.province_code rc.province_code INNER JOIN countries c ON p.country_code c.country_code WHERE c.country_name "Sierra Leone"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != ORDER BY region_name  
0.0024   SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name  FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN countries c ON c.country_code rc.country_code LEFT JOIN provinces p ON rc.province_code p.province_code WHERE c.country_name "Sierra Leone"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != 1 UNION SELECT rc.id as regions_cities_idrc.region_namerc.major_cityrc.key_regionc.country_namep.province_name FROM regions_cities rc INNER JOIN provinces p ON p.province_code rc.province_code INNER JOIN countries c ON p.country_code c.country_code WHERE c.country_name "Sierra Leone"  AND rc.major_city AND rc.nfuwt != ORDER BY region_name  
0.0014   SELECT `r`.`id` as resort_id, `r`.`name`, `r`.`major_resort`, `r`.`attr_ski_chk`, `r`.`attr_beach_chk`, `c`.`country_name`, (SELECT region_name FROM regions_cities WHERE country_code c.country_code AND id r.region_city_code) as region_name
FROM 
(`resortsr)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `r`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Sierra Leone'
AND `attr_ski_chk` != "Yes"
ORDER BY `r`.`major_resortDESC, `r`.`name
0.0012   SELECT `r`.`id` as resort_id, `r`.`name`, `r`.`major_resort`, `r`.`attr_ski_chk`, `r`.`attr_beach_chk`, `c`.`country_name`, (SELECT region_name FROM regions_cities WHERE country_code c.country_code AND id r.region_city_code) as region_name
FROM 
(`resortsr)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `r`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Sierra Leone'
AND `attr_ski_chk` = 'Yes'
ORDER BY `r`.`major_resortDESC, `r`.`name
0.0014   SELECT `iata_code`, `name`, `url_name`, `c`.`country_name`
FROM (`port_of_callpc)
LEFT JOIN `countriesON `c`.`country_code` = `pc`.`country_code`
WHERE `c`.`country_name` = 'Sierra Leone'
ORDER BY `pc`.`name
0.0004   SELECT *
FROM (`config_nodescn)
JOIN `config_nodes_categoriescnc ON `cnc`.`node_id` = `cn`.`id`
WHERE `cnc`.`category_idIN (select id from config_categories where link "/basics")
ORDER BY `cn`.`position`, `cnc`.`display_order
0.0029   SELECT `id`, `headline`, `via_title`, `via_link`, `body`, `event_date`, `end_date`, `anchor_link`
FROM (`news`)
WHERE `for_pro` = 1
AND `end_date` >  '2014-11-26'
AND `country_code` = (SELECT country_code FROM countries WHERE country_name "Sierra Leone") 
0.0009   SELECT *
FROM (`tour_operators`)
WHERE `country_code` = (SELECT country_code FROM countries WHERE country_name "Sierra Leone")
AND `
show_in_column` = 1
ORDER BY 
`show_in_columnDESC, `name
0.0005   SELECT country_code FROM countries WHERE country_name "Sierra Leone" 
0.0006   SELECT from tourop_list WHERE destinations LIKE '%SL%' ORDER BY id DESC 
0.0005   SELECT `country_code`
FROM (`countries`)
WHERE `country_name` = 'Sierra Leone' 
0.0130   SELECT d.id AS destination_idd.overview AS destination_overviewd.extended_overview AS destination_extended_overviewd.photo as destination_photod.*, c.*, 'Sierra Leone' AS country_nameLENGTH(CONCAT_WS(d.timed.electricityd.languaged.healthd.tippingd.safetyd.businessd.communicationsd.duty_free)) AS basicsLENGTH(CONCAT_WS(d.embassy_consulate_usd.embassy_consulate_ukd.embassy_consulate_cad.embassy_consulate_aud.embassy_consulate_ird.embassy_consulate_nz)) AS contacts(SELECT money FROM destinations WHERE country_code "SL" ) AS money(SELECT LENGTH(CONCAT_WS(passport_visaentry_req_usentry_req_ukentry_req_caentry_req_auentry_req_irentry_req_nz))
 
FROM destinations WHERE country_code "SL" ) AS visa(SELECT group_concat(id) FROM public_holiday p WHERE p.country_code "SL" order by p.weight desc) AS public_holiday(SELECT count(*) FROM tour_operators t where t.country_code d.country_code) AS num_tour_ops(SELECT count(id) AS total_rows FROM tourop_list tl WHERE tl.destinations LIKE ("%SL%")) AS num_tour_operators(SELECT group_concat(name) FROM port_of_call pc WHERE pc.country_code d.country_code) AS ports_of_call(SELECT group_concat(region_name) FROM regions_cities WHERE major_city AND nfuwt != AND country_code d.country_code ORDER BY major_city DESCregion_name ASC) AS cities(SELECT group_concat(region_name) FROM regions_cities WHERE major_city AND nfuwt != AND country_code d.country_code ORDER BY major_city DESCregion_name ASC) AS regions(SELECT group_concat(name) FROM resorts WHERE major_resort AND country_code d.country_code ORDER BY major_resort DESCname ASC) AS resorts(SELECT count(*) FROM dmcs WHERE country_code d.country_code) AS num_dmcs(SELECT concat(caption" © "copyright) FROM images WHERE filename d.photo) AS photo_copyright(SELECT count(*) FROM airports ai where ai.nfuwt != AND ai.country_code d.country_code) AS num_airports(SELECT count(*) FROM events e where e.country_code d.country_code AND show_on_country 1) AS num_events(SELECT count(*) FROM activities where region_city_code "0" AND country_code d.country_code) AS num_activities(SELECT count(*) FROM attractions a where a.country_code d.country_code AND show_on_country AND excursion "No") AS num_attractions(SELECT count(*) FROM attractions a where a.country_code d.country_code AND show_on_country AND show_on_kids AND excursion "No") AS num_kids_attractions(SELECT count(*) FROM attractions a where a.country_code d.country_code AND excursion "Yes") AS num_excursions(SELECT phrases FROM phrase_book pb where pb.country_code c.country_code AND phrases != "") AS num_phrases(SELECT count(*) FROM image_bridge ib LEFT OUTER JOIN images i ON ib.image_id=i.id WHERE ib.destination_code c.country_code) AS num_photos(SELECT count(*) FROM hospitals h where h.country_code c.country_code) AS num_hospitals
FROM 
(destinations d)
LEFT JOIN countries c ON c.country_code d.country_code
LEFT JOIN provinces pr ON pr
.province_code d.province_code
WHERE 
`c`.`country_name` = 'Sierra Leone' 
0.0006   UPDATE ci_sessions SET last_activity 1416984984user_data 'a:3:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:12:\"Sierra Leone\";s:13:\"selected_node\";s:6:\"basics\";}' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0005   UPDATE ci_sessions SET last_activity 1416984984user_data 'a:4:{s:16:\"destination_type\";s:9:\"Countries\";s:7:\"country\";s:12:\"Sierra Leone\";s:13:\"selected_node\";s:6:\"basics\";s:6:\"region\";s:0:\"\";}' WHERE `session_id` = 'a5e48caa7f15c3a7bd243518809d68e3' 
0.0007   SELECT TagID FROM FORUM_DiscussionTags WHERE  Tag 'Sierra Leone'  
0.0006   SELECT DiscussionID FROM FORUM_DiscussionHasTags WHERE TagID IN (1018)
                
GROUP BY DiscussionID HAVING COUNT(DiscussionID) = 
0.0005   SELECT od.`Name`, od.`DiscussionIDFROM FORUM_Discussion od
                    WHERE od
.`DiscussionIDIN ( 972 ) ORDER BY od.`DateLastActiveDESC LIMIT 0 15
0.0007   SELECT i.*, e.fullnamee.bioe.pic FROM interviews i INNER JOIN experts e ON i.expert_id e.id
INNER JOIN countries c ON i
.spatial_id c.country_code WHERE i.interview_type 'country' AND c.country_name 'Sierra Leone' 
0.0004   SELECT TagID FROM FORUM_DiscussionTags WHERE  Tag 'Sierra Leone'  
0.0004   SELECT DiscussionID FROM FORUM_DiscussionHasTags WHERE TagID IN (1018)
                
GROUP BY DiscussionID HAVING COUNT(DiscussionID) = 
0.0004   SELECT od.`Name`, od.`DiscussionIDFROM FORUM_Discussion od
                    WHERE od
.`DiscussionIDIN ( 972 ) ORDER BY od.`DateLastActiveDESC LIMIT 0 15