The Sierra Leonean government has commenced the process of issuing visa on arrival to all air travellers to the country especially citizens of the African Union.
The government in a statement signed by the Chief Immigration Officer, Andrew Jaiah Kaikai, said the initiative is part of government’s commitment to promote tourism and attract foreign direct investment to the country.
He said: “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, United States, Citizens of commonwealth member countries, Citizens of the 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).
Other countries included in the visa on arrival are: Iran, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Israel, Bolivia, East Timor, Macau, Samoa, and Tuvalu.
The Sierra Leonean Immigration boss noted that nationals from ECOWAS are exempted from the visa process while non-ECOWAS AU nationals are expected to pay $25 and other countries are to pay $80.
He stated that: “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 need to apply for a visa before undertaking such travel. We wish to reassure all potential visitors of a continuing hassle-free visa process experience.”