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Security Alert: Freetown (Sierra Leone), Election Day Traffic Restrictions on March 7

Africa > Sierra Leone

Location: Country Wide

Event:  On Wednesday, March 7, Sierra Leone will hold general elections.  Motor vehicle traffic will be restricted to official vehicles from 6:00am to 7:00pm.  Please see the official message from the Government of Sierra Leone.

Movement of people on foot is allowed, but should be limited to polling stations and home again.  All businesses and shops will be closed.  Hotels will be on minimum staffing.  Services will be at a minimum.  The U.S. Embassy in Freetown will be closed to routine services.


Actions to Take:

·         Plan to limit travel.  

·         Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.

·         Monitor local media for updates

·         Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Freetown, Sierra Leone

+(232) 99100 5000

+(232) 99905029 (after hours)

U.S. Embassy Freetown Website

·         State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

·         Sierra Leone Country Information

·         Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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