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Sierra Leone information
About Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type D and Type G.
The languages that are typically spoken are English
Sierra Leone uses the Sierra Leonean leone (symbol: Le), code SLL.Banknotes come in denominations of 10000, 5000, 2000 and 1000 leones. Leone is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 500, 100, 50 and 10 leones.
Automatic teller machines are rare in Sierra Leone. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Sierra Leone is on average 2.0 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Sierra Leone is very low. It's quite hard to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for about 142,872.06 SLL, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Africell, Orange or SMART Mobile. Sierra Leone uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Sierra Leone upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Sierra Leone, dial +, then 232 (the country code for Sierra Leone), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Sierra Leone, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 22 .
Import and export information
Zika is a risk in Sierra Leone. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their doctor. For further information on this recommendation, please visit the CDCZika Risk in Countries with Endemic Zika.
Ebola is a risk in West Africa. For further information, please visit the CDCEbola Advice.
African tick-bite fever and chikungunyaare diseases carried by insects that are found in Sierra Leone. For information on disease prevention, please visit the CDCInsect Protection Advice.
Many countries in Africa have high incidence rates of tuberculosis (TB). For further information, please visit the CDCTuberculosis Advice.
Many countries in Africa have high HIV prevalence rates. For further information, please visit the CDC HIV Advice.