1. PASSPORT AND OTHER TRAVELLING DOCUMENTS
There are the following types of travel documents
OTHER TRAVELLING DOCUMENTS
i. EMERGENCY TRAVEL CERTIFICATE (ETC)
These are generally issued only to persons who are Sierra Leonean citizens either by birth or Naturalization. It is the entitlement of all citizens of Sierra Leone and is issued under the Sierra Leone Citizenship Act of 1976.
Citizenship by Birth
(Act No. 10 Sierra Leone Citizenship Amendment Act 2006).
“Providing that his father, mother or any of the grandparents was born in Sierra Leone and is or was a person of Negro African Descent.
Citizenship by Naturalization
Every person of full age and capacity who has attained the age of 18 years and is of sound mind, either of whose parents is a person of Negro African Descent who is resident in Sierra Leone and has been continuously so resident for a period of not less than eight years, may on application be granted a Certificate of Naturalization.
Every person of full age and capacity, neither of whose parents is a person of Negro African Descent, who is resident in Sierra Leone and has been continuously so resident for a period of not less than fifteen years may on application be granted a Certificate of Naturalization
Any person under the age of eighteen years: -
Whose Father or Mother is a Citizen of Sierra Leone by Naturalization
Born outside Sierra Leone on or after the date on which the father or mother becomes a Citizen aforesaid may if he desires citizenship of Sierra Leone make an application for Naturalization.
Every woman who is not a Sierra Leonean and who is or has been married to a Sierra Leone Citizen may on application be granted a Certificate of Naturalization
Every person of Negro African Descent born in Sierra Leone after the 18th April 1971 on application may be granted a Naturalization Certificate.
i. THE DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT
In accordance with Cabinet Conclusion (CP) of 15/07/1998 the following categories of persons and their spouses are approved to be eligible to hold the Diplomatic Passport: -
The Head of State
The Vice President
The Speaker of Parliament
The Chief Justice
All Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers
All Head of Institutions approved by H.E The President
All Representatives of Sierra Leone Abroad viz:
Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Diplomatic Staff including Special Envoys in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic relations of 1961.
ii. THE SERVICE PASSPORT
Those considered by state house authority to be granted with Service passport by Executive Order.
The granting of Service passport could be endorsed by either correspondence
from the Director General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation or the Chief Immigration Officer.
Government Officers from Grade 7 upwards
This Passport is issued basically to facilitate the movement of Public Servants on official duties abroad. The following categories of persons are therefore those eligible to carry the Sierra Leone Service Passport: -
All appointees of the Central and Local Government e.g. Permanent Secretaries, Chief Executive of Parastatals, Paramount Chiefs, all officials of State on official duty abroad.
Sierra Leoneans working in International organizations e.g. UN, OAU, ECOWAS, etc.
Children and dependents of holders of Diplomatic Passports
iii. THE ORDINARY PASSPORT
This is the entitlement of all citizens of Sierra Leone and is issued under the Sierra Leone Citizenship Act of 1976
Application for the issuance of Fresh passports is reserved for applicants who are born abroad and have never had the opportunity to travel to Freetown to obtain a passport. All other applicants must advance a good reason for failure to have obtained a passport.
Cabinet agreed that without prejudice, the President can expand the list of holders in (i) and (iv) above i.e. for Diplomatic Passport.
ACQUIRING SIERRA LEONEAN E-PASSPORT
1. Applicant purchases passport application form from approved point of sale or download from the WEBSITE
2. Applicant fills passport application form correctly and submits it together with relevant documents such as:
i. 3 (three) passport size photos (white background)
ii. Birth Certificate for first hand applicant
iii. Photocopies of the previous Passport for replacement
Under 18 Applicant must submit copies of both parent passports or ID card
Adoption Letter from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs or Court Order
3. Applicant is invited to take digital photograph and biometric data-finger-prints
4. Applicant receives a submission receipt, with passport collection date.
5. Completed passports are sent to Passport Office where applicants can collect their passports.
Regular service (7 working days) - US$100.00 (Seven hundred and fifty thousand Leones)
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
Entry into Sierra Leone
(1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2), no person shall enter Sierra Leone except upon such conditions relating to security to be furnished, duration and place of residence, occupation or business or any other matter or thing, whether similar to those before enumerated or not, as may be prescribed.
(2) The provisions of subsection (1) shall not apply -
(a) to persons who enter Sierra Leone in accordance with the provisions of this Act,
(i) for a temporary visit; or
(ii) for the purpose of passing through Sierra Leone to, or in order to embark for, some other country; or
(b) in any case to which the proviso to section 12 refers.
(3) In the case of any person allowed to enter Sierra Leone under the provisions of subsection (1) no liability shall attach to the master, owner or agent of any vessel from which such person lands and the person in charge, the owner and the agent of any aircraft, motor or other vehicle shall, in like circumstances, be similarly exempt.
Temporary and Transit Visas
(1) On application being made to him in the prescribed manner an Immigration Officer may in his discretion issue a visa either to enter Sierra Leone for a temporary visit, such visa to be known as a temporary visa, or for the purpose of passing through Sierra Leone to, or in order to embark for some other country, such visa to be known as a transit visa.
(2) Temporary and transit visas may be ordinary or diplomatic and shall be in such form, and may be issued subject to the payment of a fee and such conditions as to the sum to be deposited therefor, .....??......., renewal or extension, the use to which such sum may be put if and when necessary, the return thereof or any other matter or thing whether similar to those before enumerated or not, as may be prescribed.
(a) Where an application is made under the provisions of subsection (1) by a person other than a prohibited immigrant, an Immigration Officer may issue a temporary or transit visa as the case may be, subject to such of the prescribed conditions, if any, as be in his discretion may think fit.
(b) Where an application is made as aforesaid by a prohibited immigrant an Immigration Officer may only issue a temporary or transit visa, as the case may be, subject to the prescribed conditions.
(4) Inspection of certificates and visas.
Every person shall retain any certificate or visas issued to him under this Act and shall, on demand being made by Immigration Officer or a constable produce the same for inspection.
(5) Powers of Ministers of External Affairs, Diplomatic and Consular Representatives.
The powers vested in an Immigration Officer by this section shall also be exercisable by the Minister of External Affairs, an Ambassador, High commissioner or a Consular Representative of Sierra Leone.
(6) Any person who having entered Sierra Leone in pursuance of a temporary or transit visa remains in Sierra Leone beyond the time allowed by such visa, or breaks any other condition subject to which such visa was issued may be treated as a prohibited immigrant.