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Pamelap border post | Customs and Immigration

Sierra Leone
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Last Visited: 6 months ago
GPS: 9.173599, -12.959324
Altitude: 40.3 masl
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Border between Guinea and Sierra Leone. Open from 7am to 6pm. Police in Pamelap allowed us to stay in their station in town for free when we arrived too late to cross into SL. Bikes were placed in small room, vehicle parking in front. Guarded by officers on duty. Leaving Guinea is straightforward.

Entering SL requires passing by immigration & customs. Vehicles need laissez passer (Le50,000 or more) with customs stamp (free for motorcycles, ~Le 50,000 for vehicles), free(!) immigration stamp and circulation tax vignette (Le100,000-200,000 depending on vehicle). Offices/shacks for both are 200m behind border station; go there and return for stamps. Interpol check and stamp to prove your vehicle isn't stolen also needed. Free.

We never got the circulation tax vignettes due to a lack of cash, didn't buy them in Freetown either. Nobody ever asked for them. Took some convincing and promising we'd get it in Freetown to be let off without.

On the Guinean side they went around with my passport to different rooms and I followed them. I was invited to the chief's room who asked a lot of details about my trip (I explained everything I felt was enough). No bribes paid on the Guinean side although the official asked another passenger (African) for a few thousand francs. I avoided his questions by starting my own conversation about military service, and after I had shown some pictures of myself in military he just wanted to take a selfie with me and stamped me out.

On the Sierra Leonean side you wash your hands and they check your body temperature due to the recent Coronavirus epidemy. They write down your details and check that you have not been in China recently (or ever?). If you still don't have a visa, it's easy to get on arrival for certain nationalities. I went to an office with an official and he asked me the address of my stay in SL. I'm couchsurfing so I explained that I'll stay at my friend's place and gave the address. No problems and no other documents needed. Cost still 80 USD.

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2 Canadians passing from Salone to Guinea in a shared public taxi.
My husband and I came through with printed e-visas and the first guy we dealt with tried to give us a hard time. We insisted that they were valid and then he called the district commissioner. We waited for a while for him to arrive, but he was very nice. He went through our documents and gave the go ahead. We went back to the initial man who was super sour as he stamped our paper visas. We had to demand that he stamp our passports- he was refusing to! Only wanted to stamp the paper visa. DO NOT PASS THROUGH A BORDER WITHOUT A STAMP IN YOUR PASSPORT.
All in all not bad. Wasn’t busy.

On the Guinean side they went around with my passport to different rooms and I followed them. I was invited to the chief's room who asked a lot of details about my trip (I explained everything I felt was enough). No bribes paid on the Guinean side although the official asked another passenger (African) for a few thousand francs. I avoided his questions by starting my own conversation about military service, and after I had shown some pictures of myself in military he just wanted to take a selfie with me and stamped me out.

On the Sierra Leonean side you wash your hands and they check your body temperature due to the recent Coronavirus epidemy. They write down your details and check that you have not been in China recently (or ever?). If you still don't have a visa, it's easy to get on arrival for certain nationalities. I went to an office with an official and he asked me the address of my stay in SL. I'm couchsurfing so I explained that I'll stay at my friend's place and gave the address. No problems and no other documents needed. Cost still 80 USD.

got visa on arrival in SL for $80
carnet got stamped, so no LP, no road tax pd.
it took them about 3h to reach the deputy director of the RSA who appears to be the only one who can grant an excemption for RHD vehicles. With this on hand no further issues.

Update:

You can get a Visa on Arrival at the Sierra Leone border. Cost $80 US dollar. Wait for the chef who excepts dollars otherwise the woman wants you pay in SLL. Which isn’t great for the exchange rate. Further the roadtax is 100.000 SLL and needs to be paid before the last military checkpoint. Otherwise the military did not let us through.

Depart from Guinea, they were finishing for bribes, claims my visa is fake.
I was not in rush, so I had the most deep conversation with a officer who can speak fluently English. He stamp me out after half hour and follow me on Instagram.
Sierra Leone side, everything is smooth. No need to stop at Interpol check. Just go to immigration office. The chief told me: “here in Sierra Leone, we don’t play games, welcome to Sierra Leone! “
After get out of the border area, there is another military check points will register your passport infos, at the same place someone will show up ask you to pay a road tax, military officer told me DONT PAY. And ask the guy leave me alone.

Easy boarder.
Nobody asked for money. We had Carnets and could avoid the laissez passez.

On the entry they said we need a Permit (round sticker probably road taxes) for entering SL.
Wen't back to our friend of custom and he give us right. Anyway the policeman said he dont care.
We tried to talk... Nothing to do.
Went farther to Gendamerie and did the buisness with them. After we finished they opened the rope.
These to offices don't talk to each other so we were gone without paying taxes.

just crossed with a bike, no carnet, paid 80000 leone for the tip

Immigration guy on Guinea side asked for money to stamp the passport for 3 times. Declined all 3 and he let us go.

Crossed border in 1 hour from Ginuea with a RHD defender, no one seemed too fussed. Paid no money, had a Carnet, made some friends, super easy.

Austrian driving north. Very smooth border. No problems

Through the border no problem no bribes
Don't change money here unless you have to the rates are terrible

There's a new issue with RHD cars entering Sierra Leone. I was shown the memorandum about this and it only applies to permanently importing or registering such vehicles, and shouldn't affect temporary imports by tourists. That said, the staff doesn't really understand this distinction and takes an absurd pride in enforcing rules. The immigration chief and customs chief were friendly and efficient and didn't comment on my car's steering wheel. We needed a lot more discussion with the security officers who proudly announced that my car would not be allowed in. Of course we got in. Beware of the guy selling ECOWAS road permits for 100,000 le at the first road block. This is not necessary for foreign vehicles.

RHD cars into SL are not allowed unless you have prior permission to use in SL
I had met the ambassador of SL in Gambia and he gave us permission but forgot to send the information through to the border
it took us 2 hours and many phone calls to be granted special permission and given 10 days max if we stayed loner we were told we would be arrested.

Exiting Guinea is easy enough. Plenty of money changers hanging about. offered better than xe.com rates for our left over Guinea Francs and CFA i was carrying as my hard currency. The money was not fake, paid for stuff just across the border with it

Entering Sierra Leone was easy enough if not time consuming. We were taken into thr senior immigration officers office. We were one UK passport, one Argentinian passport. Both on UK motorbikes

He stamped us in easy enough, gave a little bit of hazing and small fishing for a bribe. But with a little bit of playing dumb he stamped us in

For customs i have a carnet. Argentinian does not. They called the carnet a tourist book. They stamped it no fuss. They knew how to too. Argentinian tried to get a laissez pass but lots of confusion about having it. After not too much fighting he just said to go. We'd volunteered ourselves to customs believing the pass to be free as per other post. I reckon we could we have just driven out. There were 4 more checkpoints in the 2km from the border to the town. Just registering our passports. All sniffed at a bribe. Asking what do we have for the officers at Xmas. i just smiled and said i have a smile and my friendship. it worked

Pretty easy border. But lots of checks. Come with patience and good humour! And you'll be good

Border between Guinea and Sierra Leone. Open from 7am to 6pm. Police in Pamelap allowed us to stay in their station in town for free when we arrived too late to cross into SL. Bikes were placed in small room, vehicle parking in front. Guarded by officers on duty. Leaving Guinea is straightforward.

Entering SL requires passing by immigration & customs. Vehicles need laissez passer (Le50,000 or more) with customs stamp (free for motorcycles, ~Le 50,000 for vehicles), free(!) immigration stamp and circulation tax vignette (Le100,000-200,000 depending on vehicle). Offices/shacks for both are 200m behind border station; go there and return for stamps. Interpol check and stamp to prove your vehicle isn't stolen also needed. Free.

We never got the circulation tax vignettes due to a lack of cash, didn't buy them in Freetown either. Nobody ever asked for them. Took some convincing and promising we'd get it in Freetown to be let off without.