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    Change in Ebola Screening for Sierra Leone

    Effective December 22, 2015 the United States is removing all enhanced screening and monitoring for travelers from Sierra Leone; travelers will be subject to routine screening only by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

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    U.S. and Salone Sign First-Ever $44 Million MCC Agreement

    The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Republic of Sierra Leone signed a new $44 million partnership agreement at a ceremony at the Sierra Leone State House.

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    The U.S. Ebola Response and Recovery Highlights

    The U.S. role in the emergency response has been robust, targeted, and timely; interventions included border monitoring and screening, construction of triage and isolation units, epidemiology and surveillance, infection prevention and control, emergency management, and rapid response.

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    U.S. Congratulates Sierra Leone

    The United States Government congratulates the government and people of Sierra Leone on the declaration on the end of the Ebola outbreak on November 7, 2015. This is an historic milestone that comes after more than 17 months of intense struggle and sacrifice to end the worst-ever Ebola outbreak in history.

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    Progress in Our Ebola Response at Home & Abroad

    Approximately 10 months since the first U.S. personnel deployed to West Africa to fight Ebola, we mark important milestones in our response to the epidemic and chart the way ahead. In keeping with the President’s charge that we tackle Ebola as a national security priority

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    Enhanced Ebola Screening and Monitoring Removed for Travelers from Sierra Leone to the United States

    Effective December 22, 2015 the United States is removing all enhanced screening and monitoring for travelers from Sierra Leone; travelers will be subject to routine screening only by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.  

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    CDC Foundation Donates Transportation

    Ambassador John Hoover handed over 24 multi-purpose vehicles and 29 motorbikes to the National Emergency Response Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Gaojia on behalf of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation on November 28.  »

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    Traveling to the U.S. from Sierra Leone

    Statement by Secretary Johnson on travel restrictions and protective measures to prevent the spread of Ebola to the United States.These measures impact both American citizens and our visa clientele.   »

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    Sierra Leone Travel Warning

    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to Sierra Leone. The U.S. Department of State has already ordered the departure of family members residing with Embassy staff in Freetown to begin August 14, 2014.  »

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    2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

    On June 25, 2015, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress. The reports, now in their 39th year, are available at and Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. government policy and foreign assistance. They are also a reference for other governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, legal professionals, scholars, interested citizens, and journalists.  »


    On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I wish all Muslims a happy and blessed Ramadan.  »

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    Consular Fee Adjustments

    Effective September 12, 2014, the Department of State will adjust processing fees for some consular services. The fees for most categories of immigrant visas will change...  »

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    Education and Professional Opportunities for Sierra Leone

    Looking forward to 2015 and beyond, applications are now open for Educational and Professional Exchange Programs.  »

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    Unite to Fight Ebola!

    Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is a deadly, but known enemy. This information is aimed at arming you, your family, and your community against Ebola. Sierra Leoneans that have survived the disease did so by getting medical attention early. Report any suspected cases to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s toll free call center (117). Please see translation of this message in five local languages on the right of the website  »

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    Secretary Kerry Welcomes Special Court's Decision

    On September 26, Secretary Kerry said the Special Court of Sierra Leone appeal chamber’s decision to uphold conviction of former President of Liberia Charles Taylor has brought a measure of justice to the people of Sierra Leone, and helped to cement the foundation on which reconciliation can proceed.  »

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Ebola Update

  • December 22 , 2015

    Effective December 22, 2015 the United States is removing all enhanced screening and monitoring for travelers from Sierra Leone to the United Sates; travelers will be subject to routine screening only by U.S. customs and border patrol.

    The United States congratulates the Government of Sierra Leone on reaching the important milestone marked by the WHO announcement on November 7th, 2015 that Sierra Leone is free of Ebola transmission.

Scholarship Opportunities

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    Scholarship Opportunities

    Scholarship opportunities for various programs in the U.S. are now open. Please click here for more information and applications.  

World Water Day 2015

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2014 TIP Report

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2013 Human Rights Reports

  • 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Released
    On Thursday, February 27, 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - the Human Rights Reports - cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements.  The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974. Click Here for the 2013 Humana Rights Reports.  

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