Visa invitation letter/reservations?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Mar 15, 2013 2:33 AM Last Post By: highlandgirl
Jan 22, 2013 6:59 AM
Visa invitation letter/reservations?Hello all - I'm visiting Sierra Leone between Saturday 2nd and Tuesday 12th Feb. Any ideas for an independent traveller over that time would of course be welcome, but my first question is about visas. I'll apply in person at the High Commission in London next Monday, but are they at all strict about needing confirmation of accommodation as per their website? I'm assuming not, but best to check. Thanks for any assistance.
Jan 22, 2013 5:31 PM
I dont know about the UK but it was a pretty straight forward process with the sierra Leon embassy here in the USA. I printed off a basic travel itinerary online and attached a copy of my bank statement and yellow fever vaccination card , I filled out a form on the embassy's website were I wrote down the name of the hotel I plan on staying during my trip. I just got my visa yesterday, no problems. My guess is that the yellow fever vaccination will be the major firm requirement . I will be surprised if the embassy denies you a visa to sierra leone because you could verify your accommodation in sierra leone etc.
Jan 23, 2013 3:36 AM
I visited sierra leone about a year ago and got my visa in the internet: visitsierraleone.org.
I just scanned my passport and paid it through paypal was like 50-70 euros (no travel plans or funds asked). I got the visa to my email the next.
I printed it and took it with me to Freetown and everything went well :)
I was scarred of a scam, but it really was EASY to do it this way, because my country doesnt have an sierra leone embassy. Im a EU-citizen.
There is not really tourism in sierra leone, so it can be hard (and expensive)to get to around outside freetown. But here are some recommendations outside freetown: chimpanzee sanctuary, banana island, river nro. 2 beach, john obey beach.
River nro 2 beach is a must for everyone visiting Sierra Leone! Beaches in Freetown are not that good.
Have a great trip!
Jan 23, 2013 7:37 AM
Jan 23, 2013 4:46 PM
it is neither hard or expensive to get around outside Freetown. The three most obviuous means of transport is:
-shared taxis / poda podas from the Shell station in the east end of Freetown. A seat in a shared taxi to Makena (4 hours drive) will cost 17000 Leone ~USD 4,-. The advantage is that you can catch a shared car most of the day. The disadvante is that you will be 2 passengers in the front and 4 in the backseat unless you pay 34000 Leone for both the front seats.
-the public busses is slightly less expensive. The trip to Makena would cost you 15000 Leone ~USD3,50. It operates under a strictly one passenger one seat policy. The disadvantage is that the bus leave like 7 AM and you should be theare for the least an hour earlier to secure a ticket.
-To the beaches along the Freetown Peninsula you could also consider a motorcycle taxi. I paid ~15000 Leone from Lumley Beach to Lakka and from Lakka to Sussex. Unlike shared cares and the public busses, taxis and motorcycle taxis will depend a bit upon your negotiation skills.
No doubt it is a nice beach but the closest Sierra Leone comes to a overtourisified place and most things is very expensive. If there was a River no 2 x -1 the result would probably be Lakka beach. Less spectacular, still a very nice place, more choices with regard to where to stay and eat than most other beaches, affordable compared to other beaches, closest to Freetown, easisest with public transportation, the roads are much better from Freetown to Lakka than from Lakka to Tokeh and it is only 20 minutes with motor cycle taxi to Sussex if you don't like Lakka or want to move on.
Mar 15, 2013 2:33 AM
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