In the wake of a bloody attack and coup attempt in Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom (UK) government has issued travel advice to its citizens, urging caution and vigilance amid escalating security concerns.
On November 26, 2023, in the early hours, Wilberforce Barracks in Freetown faced a severe attack, accompanied by intense gunfire in the vicinity of Wilkinson Road in the central area of Freetown. The incident resulted in a significant prison break, prompting the UK government to respond with a series of precautionary measures.
A nationwide curfew has been imposed in Sierra Leone, effective from 9 pm to 6 am. Additional security measures, including checkpoints in and around Freetown, have been put in place, and citizens are strongly encouraged to cooperate with authorities and strictly adhere to the curfew.
The UK government is advising British nationals against all travel to Sierra Leone except for essential reasons. British nationals who are already in Sierra Leone are advised to follow the instructions of local authorities and to stay away from areas of unrest.
Travel to and from Freetown International Airport, located outside the capital in Lungi, is subject to disruption. Passengers are advised to check with their respective airlines for the latest updates. Notably, the last ferry crossing to Lungi for departing passengers from Sierra Leone will be at 7:30 pm. Those arriving close to curfew times are advised to secure overnight accommodation in Lungi.
Consular staff are on standby 24/7 to assist British Nationals in need of support. For urgent assistance within Sierra Leone, individuals can contact the British Embassy at +232 (0) 7678 0713.
In the event of an emergency involving friends or relatives abroad, individuals can reach out to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in London at 020 7008 5000, which operates 24 hours a day.