How to apply and obtain Sierra Leone Passport: Documents required, Cost, Renewal?

Procedure to Obtain Sierra Leone Passport

  • Purchase a passport application form
  • Whether you are applying for a passport for the first time or renewing one, properly fill out the application and submit it with the necessary documentary evidence (see here for a list of the documentation needed for both types of applications).
  • The Immigration Department will determine the applicant’s nationality and citizenship after receiving their application and decide whether to invite them to an interview.
  • If an interview is unnecessary, the candidate will be asked to pay and have their biometrics (fingerprints) taken. When an interview is necessary, the candidate will be contacted and invited, but not before making a choice. After the interview, the applicant will receive another invitation to submit payment and a biometric.
  • Printed and delivered to the passport office, where the applicant can pick it up.
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  • Citizenship: You must be a citizen of Sierra Leone to be eligible for a Sierra Leone passport. This means you must have been born in Sierra Leone or acquired citizenship through naturalization, descent, marriage, or other legal means.
  • Age: There are no specific age restrictions for obtaining a Sierra Leone passport. However, applicants under the age of 18 may need to have the consent of a parent or guardian.
  • Application Process: You need to complete the application process for a Sierra Leone passport. This typically involves filling out the application form, providing necessary documents, and paying the required fees.

Supporting Documents: You will usually need to submit supporting documents, such as:

  • Proof of citizenship can include your birth certificate, national identity card, or other documents establishing your Sierra Leonean citizenship.
  • Proof of identity: You must provide a valid national identification card, driver’s license, or other government-issued photo identification.
  • Previous passport (if applicable): If you have had a Sierra Leone passport before, you may need to submit your previous ticket as part of the application process.
  • Passport-sized photographs: You will typically need to provide recent passport-sized photographs that meet the specifications outlined by the passport authority.
  • Payment of fees: You must pay the applicable passport application fees.

Cost of passport

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Renewal of passport

  • Complete the application form: Fill out the passport renewal application form accurately and legibly. You can obtain the form from the Sierra Leone Immigration Department’s official website or their designated passport office.
  • Submit the application: Visit the nearest passport office or embassy/consulate of Sierra Leone in your country to submit your application. Bring the completed application form, supporting documents, and payment receipt for the renewal fees.
  • Pay the renewal fees: Pay the required fees for passport renewal. The fees can vary, so checking the latest fee schedule is important. Payment methods accepted may include cash, bank transfer, or other specified methods.
  • Biometric data capture: Once you submit your application, you may be required to have your biometric data captured, including your photograph, fingerprints, and signature. This step ensures the authenticity and security of your renewed passport.
  • Processing time: The processing time for passport renewal can vary. It’s advisable to inquire about the estimated processing time at the time of submission.
  • Collect your renewed passport: Once your passport renewal is processed, you will be notified to collect your renewed passport. Follow the instructions provided by the passport office or embassy/consulate to pick up your new passport.



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