Check your passport is valid, read the orientation guide below, and Sierra Leone is looking forward to welcoming you this June!
Freetown is the only capital on the Continent that boasts arrival by air, land, and sea! Yes, all three!
Everything you should need to organise your trip is below.
Bintumani Hotel, 11 Man ‘o’ War Bay, Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone
There are discounted rates of up to 40% for conference partner hotels, which can be booked through our Partner Tour Operator, Visit Sierra Leone.
Once you’ve registered for the conference and booked your hotel through Visit Sierra Leone, we’ll ask you for your flight details so you can be welcomed by an airport delegation on your arrival. This will facilitate smooth transition through passport control, visa paperwork, and the onward journey via boat and on to your hotel.
From the airport, you will be taken by bus to the jetty to meet the short 45-minute sea-crossing by Sea Coach Express to Aberdeen Port in Freetown.
We have partnered with Sea Coach Express to offer a reduced boat trip cost of $80 return, and you’ll pay this in cash on arrival at the airport.
On disembarking from the boat, you will be picked up by hotel shuttle to your final hotel destination. You should allow approx. 2 hours from airport arrival to your hotel, for a good night’s sleep ahead of an exciting first conference day!
Your conference registration covers the cost of all transfers from the airport and conference shuttle buses during the conference itself.
Conference attendees from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) don’t need a visa to enter the country, as well as many others from African and Caribbean countries in the Commonwealth. Check here to see if your country requires a visa to enter Sierra Leone.
If you do require a visa, this can be processed on arrival for a fee of $25 – $80 depending on the country. (Check the link above for costs.) The airport delegation will assist you with the visa process.
Before your trip you’ll need to register on the Government of Sierra Leone travel portal.
Vaccinated passengers do not require an on-arrival PCR test. You will need to travel with your vaccination certificate and your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel.
Unvaccinated passengers will require an on-arrival PCR test that should be booked and paid for in advance through the travel portal above. We’ll ask you about this when you register, and this will be facilitated through the conference delegation.
Currently, all visitors need to complete a PCR test before departure at the end of the conference stay. There is a small cost of approx. $50 via the same travel portal above and PCR testing will be facilitated via the conference venue. Covid-19 Guidance may be updated, and we will liaise with you ahead of your trip with any changes.
The conference team aim to ensure accessibility needs are met from welcome, transportation, accommodation and hospitality through to the conference experience itself.
Please contact us when you book to specify your access requirements and how best we can welcome you.
All services provided by Visit Sierra Leone can be settled in advance using your credit card through Paypal.
You’ll need to bring $25-$80 cash on arrival to allow for the visa cost and $80 for the return boat fare.
Many transactions in Sierra Leone are made in cash, and there will be the opportunity to exchange currency and withdraw cash throughout the week via a bank concession in the conference venue.
The national currency is Leones (Le 1,000 = approx. $0.75)
A vaccination certificate for yellow fever is required for Sierra Leone and you should take anti-malaria tablets, consult your doctor or travel clinic prior to travel regarding any other health precautions for travelling to tropical regions. You can also visit the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention for up-to-date travel health information.
We advise that conference attendees travel with comprehensive insurance from a reputable travel insurance provider.
The official language of Sierra Leone is English and there are 23 living languages in the country – Krio is the most widely spoken.
Whilst visiting you may well choose to extend your stay and head to Sierra Leone’s coastline boasting some of the finest beaches in the world! Our Partner Tour Operator, Visit Sierra Leone will look forward to sharing beach and island trip opportunities, and we advise arranging as much as possible in advance.