Exercise increased caution in Sierra Leone due to crime.
Country Summary: Violent crime, such as armed robbery, and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources, capacity, and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.
The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Freetown at night as U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling outside the capital after dark.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Sierra Leone:
Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.