Sierra Leone (Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations


History of Relations

South Africa and Sierra Leone established diplomatic relations in August 1998, just prior to the NAM XII Summit.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Sierra Leone

None. The South African Ambassador in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire was accredited to Sierra Leone on 13 December 2002 on a non-residential basis.

H E Mr G D Gwadiso
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Sierra Leonean Representation in South Africa

The Sierra Leonean Embassy to the OAU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is accredited to South Africa on a non-residential basis.

H E Mr A G Bangali
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the South African Embassy in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

Health requirements

While a valid international health certificate proving vaccination against yellow fever only is required, vaccination against hepatitis A and B and meningitis is also recommended. Preventative measures against malaria are strongly advised.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.


Climate Info

Sierra Leone has a tropical climate characterised by high temperatures throughout the year, with distinct rainy (April to November) and dry (December to March) seasons.

Average annual temperature in the capital, Freetown, ranges from 26,7 degrees C in January to 25,6 degrees C in July, while annual rainfall averages 3 434mm.

For up-to-date weather information click here


Currency Info

The monetary unit is the leone, divided into 100 cents. The symbol for the leone, which is not convertible outside Sierra Leone, is "Le".

The average exchange rate in December 2001 was US$ 1 = Le 2006,02.

For information on current exchange rates click here

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0872/0851/0837.

Trade Info

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Sierra Leone, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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