Sierra Leone Risk Assessment Country Guide

Sierra Leone Risk Assessment

Located in West Africa, Sierra Leone is predominantly Muslim with an influential Christian minority and is considered one of the most religiously tolerant countries in the world. The country’s economy relies heavily on agriculture and mining, with nearly half of the working-age population engaged in subsistence agriculture. The country also exports a substantial amount of diamonds and minerals including titanium and bauxite.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to Liberia, except for those involved in the direct response to the Ebola outbreak, due to the narrow commercial options for flights and the impact of the outbreak on medical facilities. As of February 24, 2015, a travel advisory has been in effect for Sierra Leone.

  • Health
  • Safety & Security
  • Terrorism

On June 15, 2016, the CDC issued a watch level 1 for Sierra Leone due to an ongoing measles outbreak. The CDC recommends that each traveler gets vaccinated for measles and washes their hands frequently and thoroughly. 

On September 17, 2015, the State Department issued a travel warning for Sierra Leone due to a review of the health conditions and limited availability of medical evacuation options. There remains a large lack of options for urgent care. 

On May 9, 2015, the CDC issued a level 3 warning due to unprecedented outbreaks of Ebola in the area. Sierra Leone has been experiencing an Ebola epidemic since March 2014. The U.S. CDC reports that there have been 3,955 confirmed deaths and 8,704 laboratory-confirmed cases from the illness as of October 26, 2015. Civil unrest and violence against aid workers have been reported in West Africa as result of the outbreak.

The CDC recommends against nonessential travel to the country in order to help control the outbreak and prevent continued spread. There is no approved vaccine or specific treatment for Ebola, which can be deadly. Therefore, it is important to take steps to prevent Ebola should you travel to Sierra Leone. If you must travel, such as for humanitarian aid work, protect yourself by following CDC’s advice for avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick with Ebola, which includes:

  • Practice careful hygiene. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids
  • Do not handle items that may have come into contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.

If you are traveling to Sierra Leone, make sure your international health insurance offers Ebola coverage. Clements offers specialty Ebola coverage for medical personnel and support workers. 

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss suitable coverage options that fit your medical needs.

Source: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, CDC, and Clements Worldwide

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Pick pocketing and muggings pose the greatest risk to short-stay travelers in Freetown. Foreigners should take care to avoid crowds, not display or carry expensive items, and avoid walking alone after dark. A small number of robberies at knife-point have been reported in the areas of Congo Cross, Wilkinson Road, Lumley Beach and Aberdeen. Erratic driving and motorbikes pose issues for drivers throughout the country. Most roads have little or no lighting and have hazards like vehicles with no lights, wandering pedestrians and animals.

Clements offers international car insurance which includes Physical Damage, Third Party Liability, and Excess Liability coverage. With flexible deductible options and fast claims processing, your policy will provide coverage for your vehicle fleet whether it’s on the road, parked or transported abroad.

An optional Political Violence extension is also recommended, which broadens the coverage to include strikes, riots, malicious damage, sabotage, war, terrorism or civil unrest.

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Sierra Leone.

Source: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Clements Worldwide

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There is a low threat from terrorism in Sierra Leone, but foreigners should still be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas. War and Terrorism insurance policy from Clements offers the right coverage against the risks of civil unrest, war, riots, looting and acts of terrorism.

Clements also provides a Kidnap and Ransom insurance policy, which ensures financial assistance following a kidnapping, such as independent investigations, negotiations and the arrangement and delivery of funds.

Call us today at +1.202.872.0060 or 800.872.0067 or email request@clements.com to discuss your organization’s travel needs tailored to considerations involved while operating in Sierra Leone.

Source: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Clements Worldwide

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