… Chief Immigration Officer
September 5, 2019
By Mohamed Massaquoi
Chief Immigration Officer, Andrew Jaiah KaiKai has yesterday disclosed that government has put adequate security measures in place to ensure that the country is free from any external threat based on the new visa arrangement.
The government has scrapped entry visas effective this week and has informed its embassies and airline operators and international partners about the new development.
According to the Chief Immigration Officer, the move was part of government commitment to promoting tourism and attracts foreign direct investment.
Andrew Jaiah KaiKai made the statement at the weekly press conference at the Ministry of Information and Communications, where he stated that citizens from the United Kingdom, European Union, Iran, and the United States are among other countries that are allowed to visit Sierra Leone with visa on arrival.
“Effective Thursday 5th September 2019, visa on arrival will be issued to travellers from the UK, USA and other countries. ECOWAS citizens are visa free and Non-ECOWAS citizens are to pay USD 25.00. We are very much mindful of the inflow of people based on this arrangement and that is the reason we are working the security architecture to ensure that Sierra Leoneans are safe,” he said.
Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Menunatu Pratt said her ministry has been assiduously working with other government agencies to make the visa on arrival policy possible.
She said the new arrangement will allow tourists to come into the country thus improving on the country’s economy.
“I want to thank the president for making this visa on arrival possible. I am sure the new arrangement will greatly contribute to our quest in making Sierra Leone a tourist destination,’’ she said.