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Exercise increased caution in Sierra Leone due to crime and civil unrest.
Country Summary: Violent crimes, such as robbery and assault, occur frequently in Sierra Leone, especially in Freetown. Local police often lack the resources to deal effectively with serious criminal incidents.
Demonstrations and protests occur in Sierra Leone and on occasion have resulted in violence.
If traveling outside the Freetown peninsula, make all efforts to complete your travel during daylight hours due to increased safety hazards at night. The U.S. Embassy is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Freetown at night as U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling outside the capital after dark.
Read the country information page for additional information about travel to Sierra Leone.
If you decide to travel to Sierra Leone: