Last update 18 March 2020Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Regular passport: visa not required
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Republic of Sierra Leone
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in Sierra Leone. Bulgarian nationals residing for a short or longer period of time in Sierra Leone can contact on consular issues the embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Address: 10 Euphrates str., Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Telephone: +234 9 413 00 34; +234 9 672 43 59 – 10.00-16.00 GMT+2
Fax: +234 9 413 27 41
Officehours: 09.00 - 12.30 h
E-mail: [email protected]
The embassy of Sierra Leone in Moscow has been accredited for Bulgaria.
Embassy of Sierra Leone in Moscow
Address: P.O. Box 141, Rublyovskyoye Chaussee, Moscow 121615, Russia
Telephone: +7 495 4154166
Fax: +7 495 4154124; +7 495 4152985
E-mail: [email protected]
When travelling to Sierra Leone it is recommended not to carry much cash - US dollars, euro, checks or credit cards.
Crime and security
Those who travel are recommended to be extra careful with regard to their personal security.
High rates of criminality, abductions, robberies and thefts in big cities and tourist centers.
Travelling at night should be avoided.
There are no restrictions on import of foreign currency, as for local currency – up to 50 000 Leones are allowed.
Goods for personal use are allowed, including 200 pieces of cigarettes.
No restrictions on export of foreign currency, as for the local currency – up to 50 000 Leones may be exported.
No restrictions on the export of goods.
Homosexual behavior is prohibited in Sierra Leone.
Public transport and taxies can be used. Road infrastructure is poor. In the event of entry into the country by car, one has to produce or buy motor insurance.
Poor level of healthcare.
A number of communicable diseases are widespread.
Be careful when eating fruits and vegetables.
Travel papers and visas
International Passport valid for at least six months of the date of arrival in Sierra Leone is required.
Bulgarian nationals travelling to Sierra Leone ( holders of ordinary, official and diplomatic passports ) need visa for staying up to 90 days which can be obtained at the embassy of Sierra Leone in Moscow.
Immunization against yellow fever is required.
Updated information on the necessary vaccines for Sierra Leone can be obtained from the National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Telephone: +359 2 944 69 99 / 221.
It is necessary to drink more liquids, to eat low-fat foods and to avoid alcoholic beverages.
Certification and Legalization
In order to be valid in Bulgaria and recognized by Bulgarian institutions, all documents issued by the authorities of Sierra Leone to Bulgarian nationals have to bear a seal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone. Then they have to be certified by the embassy of Sierra Leone accredited for Bulgaria – the one in Moscow. The signatures and certifications of the Consular Department have further to be legalized in our embassy in Moscow.
Compiled in this way, documents have to be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized translation agency in Bulgaria and the translations have to be legalized in Certification and Legalization Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Emergency Travel Document
In extreme situations – in case of damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian nationals can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at the Embassy of any EU Member State in Freetown.