Emergency Travel Certificate

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An Emergency Travel Certificate is usually issued by diplomatic missions, Embassies, High Commission to facilitate citizens of a country to travel when a standard passport has been declared lost or stolen, or is temporary unavailable, and there is insufficient time to process a full validity replacement. It is a one-page travel document valid only for a single journey back to Sierra Leone.

The Applicant must provide a valid identification issued by the Sierra Leone Authority (i.e. Passport (expired)

The form is available at the High Commission downloadable here.

Applicant must submit the following documents:
  • one proof of citizenship (Passport, identity card or birth certificate) and
  • Two passport photographs
  • Emergency Certificate processing fee of £100:00

Note: Please report missing or stolen passport to the police and obtain police report which should be submitted at the Consular Section. (Note: reference number form police will not suffice)

Further enquiries should be addressed to the Consular Section or by telephone 0207 4040 140 or e-mail

Payments for Visas and Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) should be made at any Barclays Bank Branch to the following Account:

Sierra Leone High Commission
Account No: 10782653
Sort Code: 20-36-88

For applicants outside the UK please use payment details below:

IBAN GB86 BARC 203647 10782653

The Consular Office is open from Mondays-Thursdays, between 10.00am- 1.00pm for submission and 2.30-3.30pm for collections of visas after three working days.

Nearest tube Station to the High Commission/ Consular Section is Holborn on Piccadilly or Central Line

Please Note: out of the main exit of the Holborn Station look for an orange information point and enquire for the direction to 41 Eagle Street, Holborn, WC1R 4TL.

Buses to Holborn: From Elephant and Castle 1,188, 168, 68, 171 From Streatham: 59 From Willesden: 98 From BowChurch& OxfordCircus: 8 From Crouch End & Trafalgar Square: 91 From CanadaWater and Tottenham CourtRoad: 1 From Ilford & Oxford Circus :25

Note: It would normally take two days to process requests for Emergency Travel Certificates. The public is therefore advised to submit their requests at least one week ahead of their scheduled travel dates.