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MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND SUB-AGENCIES OF WRAP-UP WORLD TOURISM DAY CELEBRATION-@FAMILY KINGDOM

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the National Tourist Board in collaboration with the Monuments and Relics Commission with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Sunday 27th September 2020 at Family Kingdom Resorts, Aberdeen in Freetown wrapped up a week-long public sensitization in celebration of World Tourism Day with the theme: Tourism and Rural Development.
In celebration of the event, the Ministry and its agencies toured the eastern, southern and northern headquarters towns organizing
symposiums in sensitization about the significance of tourism and rural development in creating the enabling environment for the sectors to thrive in the country.
The ministry highlighted the various strides made with the support of President Julius Maada Bio for prioritizing the tourism industry as a growth sectorfor diversification of economic growth in Sierra Leone.
Making the keynote address in all the three cities, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt has disclosed to the people in the provinces that tourism cannot thrive if rural development is lacking in that country.
She said that poor infrastructures in many West Africa Countries is affecting the tourism sectors while appealing to the government to improve on rural development setting so that it would attract tourists in the country.
The Minister further reiterated on the beauty and benefits attach in engaging on tourism saying with tourism people could make themselves comfortable by just being innovative with the local resources available within.
She further explained her ministry collaboration with line ministries especially Works Ministry in making touristic attraction sites accessible and makes the sector thrive in the country.
The Chairman, Board of Directors, National Tourist Board, Alieu Kokobe noted that tourism is not for the Urban settings but also for the rural areas.
He said that tourism is an industry which can which can create a lot of job opportunities for young folks.He appealed to the rural people to protect the wild animals as they can a lot of attraction for tourists.
The event was climaxed with lot of entertainment by top Sierra Leonean musicians including Star Zee, Drizikik and Rozzy.

THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS HOLDS ONE DAY WORKSHOP FOR PRESS ATTACHES

THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND NATIONAL TOURIST BOARD  HOLDS ONE DAY WORKSHOP FOR PRESS ATTACHES FOR SIERRA LEONE MISSIONS ABROAD  

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and its sub-vented Agencies, the National Tourist Board (NTB) and the Monuments and Relics Commission (MRC) have successfully conducted a workshop for press attaches with the theme “The role of Press Attaches in Rebranding and Promoting the Image of Sierra Leone as a Tourist Destination” on Thursday 3rd September, 2020 at the Ministry’s Conference Hall.

The event was chaired by the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Hon. William I.K Robinson whilst welcoming all present explained the importance of the Workshop to the Ministry and the Nation as a whole. He encouraged the Press Attaches to represent the country in their different countries of postings and that they should asked the Ministry for whatever information they needed and not rely on social media information as they are also there to play advisory role to the Embassies on information that goes out and those that should not. He also stressed that they should always give out positive information to the public as this will attract more tourists into the country which will contribute to economic development.

The Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Hon. Mamadi Gobeh Kamara in her statement encouraged all Press attaches that when they arrived at their various posting destinations, they must ensure to represent the country well. She furthered that tourism is a tool for economic diversification and bridge for a lasting peace, and that tourism brings peoples together and it is the largest economic industry today. She added that it is the responsibility of all Press Attaches to promote the culture of their homeland and that this training will provide them with the requisite knowledge to represent the country.

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Solomon Jamiru Esq, revealed that their Ministry has organized an orientation program for all appointed Press Attaches and that this workshop is to complement the previous orientation. He further noted that, the 8 clusters of the Medium Term National Development Plan must be mastered by all of them as they are key to government, and that as press Attaches they should take advantage of Economic Diplomacy, Foreign Relations that revolves around economic intelligence in their host country for potential investment in Sierra Leone. He also encouraged them to be conducting Visit Sierra Leone sessions in their Embassies as they are expected to have knowledge of key government priorities.

Madam Betty Milton one of the Press Attaches to Brussels, in her statement on behalf of her colleagues, expressed that as Press Attaches to the different destinations they would ensure that they remove the stigma of war, Ebola, Mudslide and Corona pandemic and replaced them with our beautiful beaches, monument and relics, the recent Mambo waterfall etc. she also stated that before the outbreak of Covid-19 they saw the giant step by the Ministry in rebranding the image of Sierra Leone as it is reflected by the 300 Danish tourists and the over 700 participants of the Budapest Bamako Rally with Sierra Leone as the end destination. She concluded that with this crop of Press Attaches the image of Sierra Leone would be portrayed in a positive light.

The Hon. Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Dr. Memunatu B. Pratt in her keynote address noted that the training is a fulfillment of the promises of the New Direction Manifesto by His Excellency the President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio by diversifying the economy through Tourism and rebranding the image of Sierra Leone internationally by engaging foreign service mission. She also stated that “when the right people, policy and investment decisions are made in the Tourism sector, exponential growth is assured”. She further mentioned the immense natural, cultural and historical resource we have as destination adding that the peace we have as a nation has ranked us among the most peaceful, stable and friendly nation to visit in the world.
The Minister encouraged the Attaches to rebrand the image of Sierra Leone abroad stressing that they should also explore opportunities for joint cooperation and cultural exchange programs between the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the private sector. She also assured them that “we will constantly use the social media platforms to create access to up-to-date information on tourism and culture.”
In conclusion, she stated that “as Press Attaches, you should tell the beautiful stories about Sierra Leone through the media and promote Sierra Leone as a tourist destination”

 

SULIMA BEACH AWESOME WONDER

 

On the South Eastern coastal line is Sulima a unique town in the extreme south east of Sierra Leone, lying at the lips of the great Moa river. This cultured town, Originally was a fastlane trade post  in the nineteenth (19th) century, it used to hold a large population of neighborhood Liberia refugees.

But what’s the beautiful story?

I heard it clearly, Far beyond they said, it’s beautiful and it’s a awesome wonder. I tried to come myself to see her awesomeness. Sulima indeed you are beautiful. The Lushness of sand speak volume of your beautiful stretch and your clear segmented shape gives hope to your visitors. This beauty is must you possess must not be isolated but rather we have come to join the shells, the mabbles, the sands, the grooves and the different birds to chirp that beauty aloud, so the world will know you here oh SULIMA.

From a distance you are still embracing nature with motherly calmness, your poise is different from all I have seen, this liberty and true freedom you have must be shared with children of Sierra Leone so they/we can explain your joy of motherhood to our friends, relatives and loved ones especially our kids.

Sulima my Sulima, our Sulima, yes! what a magnet of true ambiance of nature and splendor, this appearance signal hopes of new beginning for true beach lovers, who need to see you, because you are unique and many will join you soonest to enjoy and have a genuine feel exotic grandeur of richness in all aspect. Sulima Beach you are indeed a true awesome wonder.

Just when I turned right from afar I saw flapping waving flag on a local boat just arrive from beyond nautical miles, but amazing I heard different dialects, this sounded like Peoole from Liberia, and the other like from Ghana, then I also ours. This unification gives you Sulima an international face and present Hospitality to the highest end of life.

Sulima you afar but I sensed thorough oness among people of the heart. Oh!! another surprise, at Sulima you can as well use Liberian Liberty or you use Sierra Leone Leones to transact any form of business you wish, so this also great regional diversity.

MAMA Sulima, you are a true mother to those who have been with you for years but cannot phantom your uniqueness, for us who come afar your beautiful scenery has capture our hearts, our mind and we feel to come back pretty soon, to enjoy this warm touch from the sea, and listen to the birds chirpiness.

You are 40km long in height oh! yes! mama you are indeed amazing. This sand I step on is so smooth and it’s white and brown colours send us happiness and for this we will stand together to get you out of oblivion.

What on my backdrop? a local town know as SOROGBEMA along which Sulima dwells with ease. difference types of birds flying over the yonder fetching, crustaceans of all class showed up…local canoes aligned for trips to the estuaries and sandbars that romance with lagoons, the rocks on the corners encrouch over the palm trees and coconut thatches flipped hello and Hi to seabed.

WELL THIS IS SULIMA ON THE SOUTH EAST OF SIERRA LEONE SIERRAOUSLY AWAITING YOU.

PORTLOKO CROWNS SOCIAL SAFETY NET AS THE MINISTER OF TOURISM AND TEAM DROP SAFETY NET ANCHOR

PORTLOKO CROWNS SOCIAL SAFETY NET AS THE MINISTER OF TOURISM AND TEAM DROP SAFETY NET ANCHOR

Port Loko launching: The Guru on the Mic calling the programme to order was done by the able Deputy General Manager- Mr. J.M. Moijueh- National Tourist Board

Chairman and master of ceremony for the Launching was the political macho, Mr. William Robinson, who dropped his smart wise words, to preach peace and tourism, to the minds of the Beneficiaries.

Just after a well and prudent done job for the people of Makeni, the feed backs sent a alert readiness to people of Port Loko, that happens to be the fifth and final station on the Safety Cash Galore Transfers, to workers within the Tourism and Hospitality Sectors respectively.

Many ill thoughts and still thinking whether the Social Safety Cash Transfer (SSNCT) is a gimmick or a mind game, but realities on the four and fifth stations paid so far has generated different views on the positive side of the SSNCT.

The cash Transfers so far has aid the livelihood of the sector players and workers and as well mitigate the internal tensions from staff on Hotel owners and similar establishment.

Thanks and Appreciation, from mostly women in Port Loko, had no reasons to withhold thanks to the President for a timely intervention with such needful package to mend their lives, during this pandemic and pandering moments.

Mothers and father’s within the sector, that have been long awaiting for the light to shine and finally God has answered their prayers, with the SSNCT amounting to Le. 1.8 million for beneficiaries within the sector to be precised

The Director of Tourism Mr. Mohamed Jalloh, served as an eye opener to detailed the essence of Tourism to the people of North-West on how Tourism and Hospitality can can change the face of the country and Port Loko in particular, he admonished them, to place relevance on the things that will attract investment and increased tourism perspectives within the region at all times.

The Hon. Minister of Tourism in her key Net statement, implored the audience and key stakeholders of the the region to sing the national pledge, before addressing them. She clearly stated, that peace for development is a core, that every one must be committed to it, that posterity will not judged us based on our actions towards our beloved Sierra Leone.

The SSNCT is here to bail out workers within the Sectors of Tourism and Hospitality.

Therefore, they the Beneficiaries must be thankful to God and the government for such a time like in our era.

This manner of chestures has never happened in this country, so this is the first maiden SSNCT to the people of Sierra Leone. She concluded by calling on all tourism players and actors to take registration and taxations very serious, has she said, these monies are generated from these avenues.

The ceremony sent moments of emotions to the people of Port Loko and it’s environs, as must of the Beneficiaries and hotel owners underated the due process.

This just completed prudent and effective process sent a clear indication of the seriousness of Government to the Sectors.

The vote of thanks was given by a smiling beneficiary, who took his time to extend appreciation to the President for the father role he has shown.

To the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs for her professional leadership in carefully carrying out this critical work.

To the deputy Minister of Tourism for giving his relentless support to the Hon. Minister. We must not forget the Ministry of Finance for also believing in the justification submitted by the Minister.

Our Director of Tourism, I must boldly say, you are a tourism lover and Hospitality Guru for also giving your time.

National Tourism Board, the work began with them we on this part will continue to give our best to the entire team.

The Minister also extended appreciation to: ACC,NCRA, MOF, NTB, MTCA STAFF, INTERNAL AUDIT TEAM and the entire team for pulling out this manner of project.

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs (MTCA), National Tourist Board in Collaboration with Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Team Continue Launch of Social Safety Net Support Scheme in the Northern Region District Headquarter town – Makeni, 23rd August, 2020

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs (MTCA), National Tourist Board in Collaboration with Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Team Continue Launch of Social Safety Net Support Scheme in the Northern Region District Headquarter town – Makeni, 23rd August, 2020

Following the successful launch of the Tourism Safety Net Support scheme in the East and Southern regions, the Hon. Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Dr. Memunatu B. Pratt and team safely arrived in Makeni – the Northern Region District Headquarter town to continue the launching with the cash disbursement to employees in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector at the Wusum Hotel Conference Hall.

Steered by the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Hon. William I. K. Robinson commented on the Ministry’s responsibilities in promoting Public awareness and community involvement in tourism, a resource naturally endowed to Sierra Leone. He further noted that this safety net support scheme is to support employees in respect of easing the Covid-19 impact on the sector.

The Paramount Chief Bai Shebora Kasangna II welcomed the program in his region describing it as a laudable and timely initiative which will not only benefit the beneficiaries but also their family members and other relatives.

Representative from the Makeni City Council on behalf of Her worshipful the Mayor conveyed welcoming message to the Hon. Minister and her Team for the development strides made so far adding that the people of the municipality are ready to work with her Ministry at all times.

Deputy A.I.G. North Mr. Lansana Momorie Koroma expressed appreciation for the Safety Net Support and assured all of a very good safety and security measures that is in place for the region and ended by thanking the government for such a venture in easing the impact of the present pandemic on the lives of employees in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector.

The representative of the Hotel and Tourism Association (HTA) Northern Region, Annie Bangura extended appreciation to government citing that this has never happened in the history of Sierra Leone and appealed for consideration on behalf of employees whose management failed to submit employees list as requested by this Ministry.

The Director of Tourism, Mr. Mohamed Jalloh stated that Sierra Leone is naturally blessed in terms of tourism potentials adding that there is huge economic impact within the sector, that is why the government has identified it as a key sector in diversifying the country’s economy.

The Resident Minister North, Mr. Abu Abu  Koroma  embraced the gesture and thanked the President  for such initiative and also  noted the essence of involving Local Authorities as custodians of natural assets in the Tourism Sector. He admonished all that the support is for all regions and we must extend our hospitable culture to one another as Sierra Leoneans.

The keynote address from the Hon. Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu B. Pratt climaxed the event by describing the day as a divine day and that is why her Team decided to pay beneficiaries even on Sunday. She asked all to sing the National Pledge to show nationalism and emphasizing that this is not the time for politics but time for national development and service delivery.

 

She highlighted the support of H. E. the President in identifying tourism as a major driver for economic diversification and that within two years major impact has been achieved in rebranding and marketing the country as a destination at the international level and that has placed us among the top tourism destinations in the world. She cited the arrival of 300 Danish citizens and over 700 participants in the Budapest-Bamako Rally from 80 different countries choose Sierra Leone as the final destination in 2020.

Going forward among other things, she concluded the event with a formal launching of the Northern Regional tourism safety net support scheme followed by cash disbursement to all beneficiaries whose names were submitted to NTB and HTA as requested by this Ministry inter earlier.

 

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs (MTCA), National Tourist Board in Collaboration with Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Team continue Launch of Social Safety Net Support Scheme at the Southern Region District Town, Bo.

Identifying tourism as a potential sector capable of providing sustainable jobs and revenue generation opportunities, the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs continued the aspiration of H.E. the President Rtd. Brg. Julius Maada Bio to launch the Safety net Support scheme in the Southern Region, Bo at the St. Francis Hall, on Friday 21st August, 2020.

The event was chaired by the Hon. Deputy Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs William I.K. Robinson, he welcomed dignitaries and participants and informed them on the commitment of the Ministry to promote sustainable tourism driven by the private sector including the local communities as custodians of the country’s unique tourism assets. He continued that Tourism Sector being the most affected by covid-19 and that a message to heal the affected workers is on the way to be revealed by the Hon. Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, fondly known as Mama “Sharp’’ with sharp deliverables. He remarked.

Representing the A.I.G. Southern Region, A.S.P. Mrs. Cecilia Koroma expressed appreciation, delivered on security assurance and re-emphasized compliance to Covid-19 measures.

His Worship the Mayor of Bo City Council, represented by the Deputy Chief Administrator Arthur Alieu conveyed warm welcome message from his Worship the Mayor the host and that the safety net scheme in alleviating covid 19 impact on affected employees within the tourism Sector is timely.

Representative from the Bo District Council Mr. Sylvester Boima Procuemnt Officer, acknowledged the relevance of collaborative public-private partnership to promote the Hospitality Industry and admonished participants to believe in the process of Government.

On the purpose of the launch, the Director of Tourism Mohamed Jalloh informed that this program is a continuation of the national launch of the safety net support scheme on 13th August 2020 endorsing the Presidential recognition and interest to provide jobs security especially within the tourism sector that was gravely set back by Covid-19 pandemic. He also noted the importance of tourism as alternative to negative environmental activities.

The Resident Minister South, Hon. Mohamed Kondugba Alieu welcomed all and highlighted the challenges inherited from the past 10 years but as a responsible government, efforts are on to provide the people with better public amenities. He further informed on the current electricity equipment installations in the region under his supervision.

Finally, delivering her keynote address, the Hon. Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs acknowledged the tremendous support of H.E. the President Rtd .Brg. Dr. Julius Maada Bio to the Tourism Sector including the Ministry of Finance and other MDAs through a National Development Integrated Strategy in-cooperated by the government. She highlighted gains made by the tourism sector with increase in arrivals and receipt contributing to GDP growth but cut short by the covid-19 pandemic health restrictions. “Recognizing the government’s interest to cushion the negative impact of covid-19 on workers, this tourism social safety net scheme will cover three months basic salary to affected tourism employees whose names were submitted to NTB by their employers,” she maintained.

Closing thanks was delivered by a representative from the beneficiaries as the program was followed by disbursement of the safety net cash support to beneficiaries.

THE MINISTER OF TOURISM AND TEAM BASK AT MAMBO WATERFALL

THE MINISTER OF TOURISM AND TEAM
BASK AT MAMBO WATERFALL
                                                                 Mambo Waterfall …Sierraously Surprising
Mambo waterfall attracts government attention as the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs with heads of MDA’s: National Tourist Board, Monuments and Relics, National Protected Area Agency in collaboration with Ministry of Environment and other related Ministries today made an official appearance at the must attracted and visited tourism site in country- Mambo Waterfall.
 
As collaboration and consultation begins, on how to manage and raise the awareness around the waterfall and its physical elements.
 
The Minister of Tourism and Team today made several ground breaking engagement with community stakeholders and custodians of the Mambo Community, on the way out for a sincere road map on the site: for Waterfall management, sustainable waterfall profile content development, Accessibility and encouraging friendly amenities.
 
As the Minister and team encourages visitors and community stakeholders; to have fair dealing with this newly natural endowment, especially with waste management, deforestation and the mass visit to avoid natural property damage.
 
The professional heads will engage and have meaningful consultations on what should be the next steps regarding the waterfalls. These consultations will be looking at ways to improve the waterfall with basic amenities from the very the point of entry.
 
More update will be published as the prevailing unveiling waterfall stories emerge.
Kai B. Saquee
Marketing and Publicity Officer
24/07/2020
Kai B. Saquee
Marketing and Publicity Officer
24/07/2020   

TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR SIERRA LEONE

 

               TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR SIERRA LEONE

Following the declaration made by His Excellency Brig. (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio on the resumption of commercial flight operations on the 22nd July 2020, the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Transport and Aviation in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority, Sierra Leone Airports Authority and the National COVID- 19 Emergency Response Centre (NACOVERC) publishes the following safety and public health guidelines which shall be strictly adhered to by all arriving and departing passengers at/from the Freetown International Airport.

ARRIVING PASSENGERS

1. All passengers shall produce a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result issued no longer than 72hrs before departure at point of origin.

2. At the check-in desk at the airport of embarkation, passengers are required to display travelers’ authorisation to Sierra Leone, received through the Government of Sierra Leone travel portal (www.travel.gov.sl). The travel authorization consists of:

 Negative PCR COVID-19 test result issued no longer than 72 hours before departure,

 Pre-departure public health passenger locator form

 Proof of payment for COVID-19 testing on arrival, paid through the online platform

3. Health officials will collect temperature, basic health screening data, and seat number on arrival.

4. All passengers shall be subjected to a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival:

 Passengers will simultaneously have a PCR test swab and an RDT test on arrival.

 If the RDT screening is negative, passengers are allowed to depart from the airport and observe public health protocols (mandatory proper mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing) while awaiting their PCR test result.

 If the RDT screening if positive, passengers will be isolated at a hotel in Lungi while awaiting their PCR test result. Note, the cost of the accommodation at the hotel shall be borne by the passenger.

 For all test results, the PCR result supersedes the RDT result.

 PCR results will be disseminated via the local contact number confirmed by the passenger on arrival.

5. All children under 2 years shall be exempted from pre-departure and arrival PCR test requirements.

6. Airline crew are exempted from the pre-departure and arrival PCR test requirements and should follow airline policy for testing. Airline crew must adhere to public health protocols.

7. Two temperature screenings will be conducted by Port Health Services. If temperature is 37.5 degrees Celsius or above, passenger will be taken aside for further observation.

8. All passengers shall go through a walk-through disinfectant channel/Infrared temperature scanner at the entrance of the arrival hall.

9. All passengers with machine-readable passports shall go through the Immigration E-gate system. Passengers with Emergency Travel Certificates or non-machine-readable passports shall go through the Immigration booth.

10. At the Baggage Reclaim section passengers shall maintain social distancing and observe

all public health protocols, including proper use of face mask at all times.

11. All passengers will be directed to a Reception Lounge while awaiting their COVID-19 test.

12. Passengers with a negative RDT screening test are cleared to proceed to their destination, while awaiting their PCR result and adhering to public health protocols. PCR test results (available in no more than 48 hours) will be distributed via the contact confirmed on arrival.

13. If a passenger’s PCR test is positive, s/he will be contacted by public health authorities and taken to an appropriate treatment centre.

14. Passengers sitting near a positive case on the plane will be considered primary contacts. Self-quarantine and monitoring by public health officials will be required.

15. All passengers are strictly advised to observe all public health protocols (proper and constant use of face mask, hand washing/sanitizing, observing social distancing) as directed by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation / NaCOVERC.

16. The same protocols shall apply to all VIP passengers.

DEPARTING PASSENGERS

1. All passengers are subjected to a mandatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID- 19 test with a negative result issued no longer than 72hrs before departure at the Freetown International Airport. Cost for this test will be borne by the passenger.

 Passengers will use the Government of Sierra Leone Travel Portal to request their pre-departure test, to pay for the test, and for scheduling sample collection.

 Passengers with negative PCR results will receive e-confirmation and certificates ahead of travel. Physical copies can be collected at the airport at a designated desk.

 Passengers with positive PCR results will not be permitted to travel and must follow public health protocols for isolation and contact tracing. They will be re-tested after seven days.

 Passengers who have entered Sierra Leone within five days shall be exempted from the mandatory additional test on departure.

 All children under 2 years shall be exempted from PCR test requirements. 

2. On arrival at the airport, passengers shall be directed to a reception area to avoid congestion and ensure social distancing during the check-in process.

3. All passengers are encouraged to complete their check-in online before arriving at the airport.

4. All departing passengers shall go through the thermal screening/disinfectant channel at the airport’s departure entrance.

5. All departing passengers shall have their passport/travelling document verified before proceeding to the check-in counter.

6. Departing passengers shall proceed to the check-in counter for baggage drop and collection of their boarding pass. While at the check-in counter, they are mandated to produce their COVID-19 PCR negative test certificate or e-certificate issued within past 72 hours.

7. Departing passengers shall proceed to the immigration services for onward travel authorization via the e-gate or immigration booth.

8. All departing passengers shall go through security screening before proceeding to the departure hall.

9. All departing passengers shall proceed to the waiting lounge where social distancing, proper use of face mask and other health protocols shall be strictly observed.

10. All passengers shall proceed to the final screening and verification point prior to boarding the aircraft.

11. Boarding procedures shall be in accordance with the approved SOPs of the respective airlines.

12. All passengers are strictly advised to observe all public health protocols (proper use of face mask, hand washing/sanitizing, observe social distancing) as directed by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation / NACOVERC.

13. The same protocols shall apply to all VIP passengers.

 

 

 

SIERRA LEONE OPEN TO VISITORS AT ALL TIME -Sierra Leone is blissful 

SIERRA LEONE OPEN TO VISITORS AT ALL TIME

Sierra Leone is blissful

‘Amazing country with receptive people, moreover the peace’ said the head of the 300 Danish tourists. These teenagers, never felt nostalgic, but rather wanting to come back and feel that breath-taking ambiance and sceneries of hope and relax state of mind.

 

Freedom, safety, friendly and hospitality with cultural fusion Sierra Leone explains it all, when the finished line for Budapest Bamako rally ended in Freetown. Participants of the rally had many options how to spend their remaining days in the city of the freed. Well, this speak a volume of sanity and acceptance, none of them experienced theft, no scam, no accident, no crime but in entirety, all they expressed was indeed Sierra Leone is the place to be. The 700 riders including team members, rod in splendid leisure, culture and amazing nightlife, that left them with no thought of going back but to extend their stays.

Sierra Leone in West Africa enjoy an interrupted peace for years and this peace will sustainably be managed for future posterity.

Welcoming you to Freetown, sweep through its historical core. This is an amazing country, tours that takes you through Freetown’s heritage. This is great not just for new visitors to Freetown but also residents who wish to understand the historical significance of many sites they go past on a daily basis.

Sierra Leone, country of western Africa. The country owes its name to the 15th-century Portuguese explorer Pedro De Cintra, the first European to sight and map Freetown harbour. The original Portuguese name, Serra Lyoa (“Lion Mountains”), referred to the range of hills that surrounds the harbour. The capital, Freetown, commands one of the world’s largest natural harbours.

 

The main attractions for tourist in Sierra Leone are the beaches, nature reserves, mountains and the islands (Banana Island and Turtle Islands). … Sierra Leone is considered one of the best places in the world to catch Atlantic tarpon.

For the traveller, Sierra Leone is still West Africa’s secret beach destination. Sweet sands rise from the soft waters of the Atlantic, with the backdrop dressed in sun-stained hues, rainforest green and the red, red roads of the north.

In Freetown, colourful stilted houses remember the days when freed slaves from the Caribbean were resettled upon these shores. In the north, the Loma Mountains form the highest point west of Cameroon. Further east national parks and rainforest shelter endangered species like the black-and-white colobus monkey and the elusive pygmy hippo.

Coming face to face with the enchanting relics of the mastery architectural display that once defined the merciless economical “glory” of the Bunce Island, you’ll know thereon, that this is a place that warrants the visitation of everyone, at least once in our lifetime. If not for the purpose of reflections, empathy, and a sense of history, but for the serene-celestial-leisure and the liberating experiences enveloped in both the boat journey and the tour of the strategic slavery fortress built in the bosom of Temne lands.

Sierra Leone-Sierraously Surprising:  a country known for her beauty with lush sun-sand beaches enticed with enviable mount peaks and valleys located on the West Coast of Africa, sharing friendly borders with the Republic of Guinea to the north and northeast, Liberia to the east and southeast, while the Atlantic Ocean is to the west and south.

Are you a beach lover, or an Eco friendly or more culturally savvy person? Well your melting pot for all of these essentials is Sierra Leone. The country stand to boasts of approximately 600km of coastline, with different sands colours and water waves, as the Freetown peninsula serves as grandeur of leisure attractions with archipelagos of islands with green basket mangroves.

Are you a swimmer, snorkeler, kayaker, otherwise, If you’re enticed  by nature, look no further than the Banana Island- Dalton Guest House, Baffa Resort and the surrounding that  offers natural and exotic beauty unlike anywhere in the world and a bunch of underwater and water activities.

In a way, Sherbro Island has had the same treatment as the rest of Sierra Leone. It’s overlooked; many people are not aware of its existence, let alone its tourist potential. Visitors have been few, but those who do visit return home with diamonds in their eyes. Mesmerised by the exotic sights, the beauty of the people and the unique experiences. VSL has seen the potential of Sherbro, and this article will tell you everything you need to know about visiting this peaceful island.

Located two hours by motor boat from the mainland, Sherbro Island has about 30.000 inhabitants. The main town is Bonthe (not to be confused with Bunce), which is the first access point to the rest of the island. There are barely any motor vehicles on the island, therefore transportation is limited to walking, and using motorbikes and boat rides. All three are appealing, but for deeper explorations motorbikes and boats are recommended.

They say Paris is for lovers, we say Sierra Leone is for lovers. The country is a mixture of vibrant city life, tranquil natural surroundings, and stunning views. Sierra Leone can provide the perfect context to make memories you will not forget. Ah, and of course, a country so picturesque makes that even easier.

 

SIERRA LEONE SAFEST TOURIST DESTINATION SIERRAOUSLY SURPRISING

‘Amazing country with receptive people, moreover the peace’ said the head of the 300 Danish tourists. These teenagers, never felt nostalgic, but rather wanting to come back and feel that breath-taking ambiance and sceneries of hope and relax state of mind.

 

Freedom, safety, friendly and hospitality with cultural fusion Sierra Leone explains it all, when the finished line for Budapest Bamako rally ended in Freetown. Participants of the rally had many options how to spend their remaining days in the city of the freed. Well, this speak a volume of sanity and acceptance, none of them experienced theft, no scam, no accident, no crime but in entirety, all they expressed was indeed Sierra Leone is the place to be. The 700 riders including team members, rod in splendid leisure, culture and amazing nightlife, that left them with no thought of going back but to extend their stays.

Well if this country was known for the negative irony propelled by bloggers and some freelancers. Sierra Leone in West Africa enjoy an interrupted peace for years and this peace will sustainably be managed for future posterity.

 

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone-Sierraously Surprising:  a country known for her beauty with lush sun-sand beaches enticed with enviable mount peaks and valleys located on the West Coast of Africa, sharing friendly borders with the Republic of Guinea to the north and northeast, Liberia to the east and southeast, while the Atlantic Ocean is to the west and south.

Are you a beach lover, or an Eco friendly or more culturally savvy person? Well your melting pot for all of these essentials is Sierra Leone. The country stand to boasts of approximately 600km of coastline, with different sands colours and water waves, as the Freetown peninsula serves as grandeur of leisure attractions with archipelagos of islands with green basket mangroves.

Are you a swimmer, snorkeler, kayaker, otherwise, If you’re enticed  by nature, look no further than the Banana Island- Dalton Guest House, Baffa Resort and the surrounding that  offers natural and exotic beauty unlike anywhere in the world and a bunch of underwater and water activities.

 

 

Sierra Leone is naturally rich and diverse in biodiversity, culture, heritage and eco-friendly.

With tranquillity been at peak, the country to visit in West Africa is Sierra Leone, for the reasons are clear, it’s gorgeous and exotic beaches that transcend a rare colonial heritage ambiance and offer a genuine and fantastic scenery, you can climb its mountainous region, or freely walk along the streets of Freetown and all its touristic areas which is free of taut. The  peninsula’s white sands and splendid coastline, with beaches so perfect they could be described as world-class – as you will probably be most enchanted by this country’s warm and welcoming people that are known for doing the impossible just to make tourists feel comfortable and feel relaxed.

OVERALL RISK: NONE

With all the above description of pleasantry about Sierra Leone, and it has been classed as the a friendly destination, it is indeed, as this destination has much more to offer to its arrivals- no tourist has ever reported theft, crime, rubbery, scam, murder, kidnapping or rape, these actions are not our blood for strangers. But rather we offer our friendly attitudes towards our tourists and friends from other regions. Therefore, have no fear to visit this country of peace and hospitable people.

MOVING ARROUND- TRANSPORT – TAXIS, BUSES, PODA-PODA, KEHKEH, OKADA AND WATER TRANSFERS

Transportation in Sierra Leone is safe at all points, major trunk roads are all tarmac, except for roads leading to villages which are also accessible with  4×4 vehicles, and the cost are reasonable. One can travel by buses, taxis, poda poda, kehkeh, okada, or private hire. However, one is advised to take care of personal items, so you do not forget them on-board. Your travel from point A to point B is always well organized with record passenger manifest especially for provincial trips, for city you can flex with Okada or Kehkeh feel the beats of harmony. You are safe and can work alone without a guide except for other tourist attraction, where you require a step on guide or a hired guide for directions. For water lovers, you can reach Freetown city with water taxis, as we have three water taxis, so you have better options or better still one can use road, which is also friendly.

 

SIERRA LEONE PICKPOCKETS RISK-

One should not be petrified about pickpocketing because it is rare, neither are you on bus or taxi or any means you are fine and you have nothing to fear. However, your concern should be you not losing things by forgetful means. So it’s also advising you always have a waist bag or side bag for your handy items. Carrying your purse or money on you is as well safe, and no one can brutally attack you for your possessions, we do not have such testimonies from tourists.

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK-

It is been tagged as natural, these are unforeseen circumstances, and ever since in our history the records on mudslide just occurred once, we have  nothing like wild fires, earth quakes, tsunamis. For diseases and outbreak, yes, we had Ebola, and every country must have challenges so Sierra Leone is not exceptional.  Sierra Leone is susceptible to flooding and mudslides.  As a nation our sustainable and environmental mitigation and adaptation model suits us well, to manage major environmental shortfalls.

MUGGING RISK: NONE

Mugging in Sierra Leone is never treated as a graving concern, because this act is not seen amongst us or in our public places, rather the people will help to keep your items safe at all time, because we believe; strangers must be treated with care and respect. So one should not be afraid of public gathering because of mugging.

TERRORISM RISK: NONE

There haven’t been any recent terrorist attacks in Sierra Leone’s recent history, but they shouldn’t be ruled out since Sierra Leone contributes to the UN peacekeeping initiative in Mali or around the world should not send threats to categorised the country as a prone terrorist area. This we have never and shall experience it, because none terrorist attacks make us more safe and stable. You can visit any time, and you can travel everywhere at any hour of the night and you are safe and free from every attacks.

SCAMS RISK: NOT RECORED NONE

Scams and robberies are the order of the day for other countries but not Sierra Leone. Our taxi drivers and KehKeh riders are all friendly and take you around and how you to decide what you can pay in most cases. If you are an investors, it is but advice to visit Ministries, Department and Agencies for advice on investment opportunities otherwise you can make the wrong turn. There is no record or report for theft from the use of the ATM or gangs chase for moneys withdrawn. The bank always can advice well how to do your transfers to avoid such, if there are any.

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK:  NORMAL

Sierra Leone is the safest place for a woman to be visiting alone. Women are treated here with high caution and they are always protected against arm and danger. Streets in Freetown are always safe, and passers bye mind their own businesses, except if you need help then they can work up to you for assistance on free of cost.

So… How Safe Is Sierra Leone Really? 100% SAFE

Sierra Leone is safe and the right place to be at all time.

Its tourism potential is intact and well harnessed.

Sierra Leone is, according to some, the friendliest place in Africa, yet according recent visitors claimed Sierra Leone indeed is the best place to be in Africa. With its reach minerals and oil deposit, Sierra Leone is set to surprise the world again.

As expected, the people of Sierra Leone are content, so you do not have to be cautious when traveling to this country and bear in mind that visiting now blend with leisure and adventure.

Keep in mind that traveling anywhere outside Freetown is safe and calm since the roads are accessible and maintained, and the drivers all around can help much – they mostly drive vehicles that are in good driving condition and the roads are well paved now.

                                                    Useful Information

Visa on arrival

As part of government’s commitment to promote tourism and attract foreign direct investment, the Government of Sierra Leone wishes to inform the general public, airline operators, Sierra Leone Embassies and Missions overseas, International Air Transport Association (IATA), international partners and other government bodies that with effect from Thursday 5th September 2019, a new Visa on Arrival policy has been rolled-out for persons from the following countries or blocs:

  • United Kingdom Citizens
  • European Union Citizens
  • United States Citizens
  • Citizens of Commonwealth member countries
  • Citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council member countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, and Oman)
  • Citizens of the BRICS Countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa)
  • Citizens of the following countries:
    • Lebanon
    • Iran
    • Cambodia
    • Vietnam
    • Singapore
    • Indonesia
    • Thailand
    • Turkey
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Norway
    • Israel
    • Bolivia
    • East Timor
    • Macau
    • Samoa
    • Tuvalu

Below are the visa fees for ease of reference:

  • ECOWAS nationals – Visa-free
  • Non-Ecowas AU nationals – USD 25.00
  • All other countries – USD 80.00

Citizens of ECOWAS states and all other countries with which Sierra Leone has visa-free agreements will continue to enjoy visa-free access.

Citizens of countries not listed above are required to visit the nearest Sierra Leone Embassy or Mission abroad to secure visas prior to visiting Sierra Leone. All persons coming to Sierra Leone for the purpose other than tourism, visit or business needs to apply for a visa before undertaken such travel. We wish to reassure all potential visitors of a continuing hassle-free visa processing experience.

Flights and Routings

For all your trips to Sierra Leone, flights are available to connect you from Europe, The Americas, Africa, Asia and any part of the world. The list of available eleven flights for easy connections to Sierra Leone, Air France, Asky Airline, Air Mauritania, Africa World, Air Côte d’Ivoire, Brussels Airlines, Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Turkish Air Line, Trans Air, Air Peace Limited.