Moving to Sierra Leone

Country Guide

Country Guide: Sierra Leone

Due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and restrictions in various countries, the below information may not be accurate. This pandemic is a fluid situation. Check with authorities for local laws and restrictions concerning movements.

Updated: August 25, 2016

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Contact information
  • Copy of tax identification number (if available)
  • Packing list in English (must include details of all electrical appliances)
  • Commercial invoices of the electrical appliances (if applicable)
  • Detailed / valued inventory in English, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / telex release / air waybill (AWB) (3 copies)
  • Diplomatic passport, exemption form (diplomats)
  • TIN number (owner of the goods has to apply for it at National Revenue Authority office)
  • Exemption form (obtained from Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Specific Information

  • The bill of lading and cargo manifest must state the number of pieces.
  • Import taxes are computed at 41% on all personal electrical appliances.
  • Owner of the goods must pay a tax of 1.25% cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value on imports.
  • For the telex release or express bill of lading, an additional 100 USD fee applies.
  • The exemption form must be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the owners of the goods diplomatic organization in collaboration with the owner of the goods’ agent (diplomats).
  • The exemption form for diplomats is required for Customs clearance and takes approximately 35 to 45 days to obtain.
  • Diplomatic sea shipments are an additional 250 USD per shipment for the processing of the diplomatic duty-free documentation.
Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Original bill of lading / air waybill
  • Original registration card
  • Original purchase invoice
  • Residence permit

Specific Information

  • The registration number must be shown on the original bill of lading or air waybill.

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Import permit / import authorization

Specific Information

  • Dogs and cats must be accompanied by the documents required.
Restricted/Dutiable Items
  • Arms and ammunition (Authorization from the Ministry of Interior, Intelligence Section is required)
  • Plants (Authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is required)
  • Pharmaceuticals (Authorization from the Ministry of Health is required)
  • The following items may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200) and tobacco (250 g) – no age restrictions
    • Alcohol (1 q)
Prohibited Items
  • Unlawful drugs
  • Pornography
Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Sierra Leone

Wikipedia Entry for Sierra Leone