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Liberia Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

99,067 sq km (38,250 sq miles).

Population

4 million (2013).

Population density

40.3 per sq km.

Capital

Monrovia.

Government

Republic. Declared independence in 1847.

Head of state

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf since 2006.

Head of government

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf since 2006.

Electricity

120 volts AC, 60Hz. Flat and round two-pin plugs (with or without grounding pin) are used.

Liberia, Africa's oldest republic, is one of the continents most history-rich yet cash-poor nations. It is struggling to get back on its feet after almost 14 years of civil war, which led to the deaths of 250,000 people. In 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was elected president, becoming Africa's first female ruler. She faces the daunting task of rebuilding the country, which has a presence of 15,000 UN troops.

Travellers are currently advised against all but essential travel to Liberia outside of the capital, Monrovia. But if this nation recovers enough to open up to tourists, intrepid travellers will have the opportunity to explore the sprawling capital, relax on the beach or venture into the pristine wilderness of Sapo National Park.

The most evocative description of Liberia can be found in Graham Greene's Journey without Maps, an account of his overland trip across the country in 1935. Although it can now hardly pretend to be an up-to-date guide-book, the descriptions and the atmosphere of the country it creates (particularly when dealing with the mysterious and jungle-rich interior) make the book a valuable and entertaining introduction for anyone planning to visit the country.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 19 April 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties where there have been reports of armed groups living in areas bordering Côte d’Ivoire.

Avoid travelling at night outside Monrovia, except to or from Roberts International Airport. Make sure you have pre-arranged transport from the airport.

An outbreak of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in south-eastern Guinea, and there have been confirmed cases in areas of Liberia near to the border with Guinea. If you’re travelling near to the border with Guinea, check the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre. You should maintain strict standards of hygiene and avoid eating bushmeat.

For further details about confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola, see the NaTHNaC Outbreak Surveillance database and follow the WHO on twitter.

The small British Embassy and Honorary Consul in Monrovia can only offer limited consular assistance.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

Edited by Jane Duru
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