Liberia travel guide
They say all publicity is good publicity, but Liberia might argue otherwise. Africa’s oldest republic has barely been out of the headlines in recent decades, but for all the wrong reasons; reports from the country have been dominated by two civil wars and an outbreak of Ebola. Suffice to say tourists have stayed away.
But Liberia has come a long way since the dark days of its civil war. The 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance proclaimed this small West African nation to be the most improved country on the continent – and many are hoping Liberia will continue in this vein.
Assuming it does, adventurous travellers will likely be tempted back to this small, coastal nation; a country characterised by its windswept golden beaches, luscious rainforests and verdant savannahs, where twittering birds, screeching monkeys and stomping elephants provide a wild soundtrack.
But there’s more to this country than natural wonders. Founded by freed American and Caribbean slaves, Africa’s oldest republic is home to a staggering diversity of cultures; its four million odd inhabitants are comprised of more than 16 established peoples, and there’s a burgeoning Asian and Middle Eastern population, too.
Art has long played an important role in Liberian culture, and the country’s various ethnic groups are renowned for their ornate wooden sculptures, particularly wooden masks, which are said to connect the living with ancestral spirits and ancient deities. Like art, religion is also woven into the fabric of Liberian life; casual ceremonies with sacred catfish hold force even while churches and mosques are full.
Liberia’s tropical climate, with a long dry season from September to June and rains peaking in August, still decide everything from transport to working schedules. During the monsoon roads become rivers and, at times, the country feels very much at the mercy of nature.
Yet Liberia is very much the master of its own destiny and its emergence as a credible tourist destination will depend largely on whether peace prevails and whether there is significant investment in the country’s creaking infrastructure.
111,369 sq km (43,000 sq miles).
4,615,222 (UN estimate 2016).
37.7 per sq km.
President George Weah since 2018.
President George Weah since 2018.
Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Liberia on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roberts International Airport (RIA) is open for commercial flights, however flights to and from Liberia remain limited. There are no direct flights between the UK and Liberia.
If you’re transiting another country during your journey, you should check travel advice of the countries on your route for the latest entry requirements. Your airline may refuse to allow you to board if you do not meet all requirements.
Some regional airlines are operating with reduced flight schedules.
Currently all land borders (with Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire) and ports are open.
Coronavirus testing for departing travellers
Before departure from Liberia, you will need a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, and a travel certificate issued by Liberia’s National Public Health Reference Laboratory. For exemptions, see Exemptions to PCR testing on departure section below.
- You must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, from a test conducted by Liberia’s National Public Health Reference Laboratory within 72 hours of departure. Some airlines may require a shorter testing period. You should check with your airline before travelling
- COVID-19 testing for travellers is available at the Union Center, located on Sophia Road in Congo Town, Monrovia from 9am to 4pm 7 days per week. Individuals have reported wait-times of up to 5 hours during busy periods. An appointment system is not available
- Tests are US$50 for travel within the ECOWAS region or US$75 for travel outside the ECOWAS region. Individuals have reported delays to receiving results due to laboratory backlogs
- It is recommended you submit your sample as soon as possible within 72 hours of your departure to allow the greatest time for processing as results can take over 48 hours
- The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) encourages all travellers to register at http://liberiacovidtravel.org before arrival at the Union Center. This website does not employ SSL technology and is not a secure website. To register, select “Request a Travel Certificate” and submit the required information. You will be asked to provide personal information (name, gender, date of birth, nationality, address in Liberia, county of residence (in Liberia), passport details, phone number(s) and email address) and travel details (destination, departure date, flight number). When you complete your registration you will receive a unique identification number to retrieve your test results
- You must pay the test fee before submitting your sample. There are two payment options available. If you have completed registration on the website, you can click “Proceed to Payment” to be redirected to a secure payment site which employs SSL technology. Alternatively, you can pay at the United Bank for Africa (UBA) window at the Union Center (in US dollars cash or by card)
- To check your PCR test results online, visit www.liberiacovidresult.org 2 to 3 days after sample collected you must enter your unique identification number (provided when your sample was collected), and your year of birth. The National Reference Lab is experiencing capacity constraints and your result may be delayed beyond the 72 hours target.
- If your test result is negative, you can apply for a travel certificate online by visiting http://liberiacovidtravel.org and clicking on “Print Travel Certificate”. You should print your certificate
- If your test result is positive, the Ministry of Health or the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) will contact you and you will not be permitted to travel. You will be subject to Liberia’s case management guidelines. This means NPHIL will consider your care on a case-by-case basis and you may be taken to a government COVID-19 Treatment Unit. Private health care facilities are not currently permitted to treat COVID-19 patients. Authorities usually aim to keep families with minors together. If you are travelling with minors, this could mean all family members being transferred to a government COVID-19 Treatment Unit or “Precautionary Observation Center” (POC), i.e. quarantine, even if only one person has tested positive. Home-based care is considered on a case-by-case basis. If you test positive, your hotel may ask you to leave your accommodation. The Liberian authorities will not provide financial assistance or support with alternative accommodation for any travellers required to leave their hotel as a result of a positive COVID-19 test result. Liberian “Precautionary Observation Centers” (POCs) and treatment units are basic, and not guaranteed to meet Public Health England standards. For more information see Quarantine requirements.
Exemptions to PCR testing on departure:
- Children under the age of 5 years old are exempt from COVID-19 testing and do not require a test result certificate. However, if your airline or the country you are travelling to requires testing of children under 5 years, the testing fees will apply as above
- Diplomats and their families, honorary consuls, duly accredited international organisations’ staff, and Liberian diplomats with foreign assignment, are exempt from testing on departure. However, voluntary testing at the Union Center is available free of charge
- Cabin crew, captains, flight engineers and first officers with layovers less than 48 hours (subject to airline policy)
- Short-term travellers (visits up to 3 days) are exempt from pre-departure testing if the negative PCR test result presented on arrival remains valid (i.e. the sample was taken a maximum of 72 hours before you will depart from Liberia – this is unlikely to apply unless you are leaving on the same day or had a short journey to Liberia). To be eligible for this exemption, on arrival in Liberia you must present evidence of your short stay (e.g. airplane ticket or confirmed flight itinerary) and provide contact details in Liberia (phone number, email, name of hotel or other accommodation), and proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- Although Government of Liberia does not require exempt travellers to do testing on departure, airlines may require proof of negative test result to allow boarding, regardless of exemption status
Testing protocols could change at short notice. You should monitor this travel advice for updates, contact your airline before travel, and consult government sources for announcements (see Further information).
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do before travelling and when you arrive in Liberia.
Returning to the UK
When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK. The Government of Liberia requires most travellers leaving Liberia to submit a negative PCR test result. See Coronavirus testing for departing travellers above.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Liberia
COVID-19 National Health Guidelines have been published by the Government of Liberia on the Ministry of Health website. Measures in place to minimise the spread of COVID-19 apply in all 15 counties. These measures will remain in place until announced otherwise. Violation of health measures is punishable by a fine of up to US$200 and/or imprisonment of up to 30 days. Measures could be changed at short notice. Authorities may impose a lockdown or curfew if COVID-19 cases continue to rise. You should monitor government communications for announcements (see Further information).
If you go out in public, you must wear a face mask which covers your nose and mouth. You must also wear a mask when using public transport. Limits on passenger numbers apply: taxis must not carry more than 3 passengers in the back and 1 in the front; “keh-kehs” (tricycle taxis) must not carry more than 2 passengers in the back and none in the front. Motorbikes may only carry one passenger.
You must maintain social distancing of a minimum of 1 metre (3 feet) from others in public places and businesses (except in public transport). Mandatory hand washing with soap and clean water, or alcohol-based sanitiser is required at all premises.
Liberian authorities have advised community members to report those showing coronavirus symptoms (coughing, fever, and difficulty breathing) by calling 4455.
You must ensure you have made arrangements for accommodation before travelling to Liberia. Hotels are open but you should check and book in advance. Health measures including hand washing, wearing a mask and social distancing of 1 metre (3 feet), apply in all hotels.
Public places and services
Businesses such as banks, supermarkets, restaurants and salons are open. Health measures including handwashing, wearing a mask and social distancing of 1 metre (3 feet) apply. Some businesses have limits on the number of customers permitted to enter at one time. Only 20 customers are permitted inside bank service areas, supermarkets and large stores. Prevention measures must be followed inside and while queuing to enter. Some offices and businesses may also require temperature checks before entry. Nightclubs, bars, beaches, cinemas, entertainment centres, including hotel restaurants and guest houses, must close by 11pm.
You are required to wear face masks in all commercial premises, public places and government buildings. Places of worship are permitted to hold services. Education facilities, healthcare facilities and pharmacies remain open with health measures in place.
Indoor gatherings of up to 20 people are permitted as long as preventative measures can be maintained (masks, social distancing, hand-sanitiser/washing). Sporting venues are allowed to host at no more than fifty percent capacity.
Offices (public and private) and businesses must reduce staff by 20% with other staff working at home.
Dead bodies confirmed as COVID-positive may not be transported into or out of Liberia.
Healthcare in Liberia
Due to a significant increase in serious COVID-19 cases, Liberian healthcare facilities are experiencing severe capacity constraints, including lack of oxygen and critical care beds. You should consider the significant health risks before travelling to Liberia. For further information, see Health.
Patients who test positive for coronavirus will be subject to Liberia’s case management guidelines. This means the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) will consider on a case-by-case basis and you may be taken to a government COVID-19 Treatment Unit or quarantine facility. See Quarantine requirements. Home-based care is considered on a case-by-case basis. Private medical facilities are currently not permitted to test for or treat coronavirus. If you test positive, you must answer phone calls from the health authorities. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call the COVID-19 hotline on 4455.
View Health for further details on healthcare in Liberia.
For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health
See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.
COVID-19 Vaccines if you live in Liberia
Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. As further information is available about the national vaccination programme, this page will be updated. Sign up to get email notifications.
The Liberian national vaccination programme started in April 2021. British nationals aged 18 or over resident in Liberia are eligible for vaccination. The first phase of the programme, providing first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine is complete. Second doses of AstraZeneca vaccine commenced in August. The second phase of the national programme, using the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) single-dose vaccine commenced in Montserrado County on 5 August 2021. You cannot take a Johnson & Johnson vaccine if you have already received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be provided at the locations below. Vaccination sites could change at short notice. You should monitor the Ministry of Health website for updated information.
- Temporary sites: Paynesville Town Hall, Monrovia City Town Hall, Barnersville Town Hall, Garnersville Town Hall, General Services Agency, Farmington Hotel, APM Terminals
- Marketplaces: Waterside, Red Light, Goba Chop,Jacob’s Town, Redemption Day/Gardnersville, Jukpan Town, ELWA, Duala, Kuwait, Clara Town, Old Road, Poultry Market, VOA, Duport Road, Rehab, Rally Town, Roto Town, Pepperwood Town, Barnersville, 72nd Market
- Health facilities in Somalia Drive district: R. H. Ferguson, Bardnersville, Chocolate City, Hope for Women, JDJ Hospital, New Georgia, Iron Factory, Jamale
- Health facilities in Central Monrovia district: St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, SOS Clinic, UN Clinic, Mercy International, PUCC, Joanna Clinic, Peace Clinic, Soniwein Clinic, JFK Hospital, Darlington Clinic
- Health facilities in Todee district: Zannah Town Clinic, Koon Town Clinic
- Health facilities in Bushrod district: Star of the Sea, Slipway Clinic, Redemption Hospital, Cynthia Nelson Clinic, Clara Town Health Center, Anthony Clinic
- Health facilities in Commonwealth district: Benson Hospital, ELWA Hospital, J&J Health Center, Pipeline Health Center, Omega Market Clinic, 14 Military Hospital
- Health facilities in Careysburg district: Bensonville Hospital, Careysburg Community Clinic
- Health facilities in St. Paul District: RCD Marshall Clinic, Home of Dignity Health Clnic, Kpalla Clinic, Bromely Health Center.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Liberia, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.
The Government of Liberia usually posts announcements on the following Facebook pages:
- Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism (MICAT)
- Executive Mansion – Liberia
- National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL)
- Ministry of Health
Information may also be available on the following websites:
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.
Liberia has become increasingly stable since the internal conflict ended in 2003. The Liberian government is working closely with the UN and the international community to provide increased stability and development.
Protests and demonstrations do take place on occasion. You should avoid protests, demonstrations, political rallies, large gatherings and crowds and follow the advice of local authorities.
Most visits to Liberia are incident free but there is a high level of crime in Monrovia, including armed robbery. Foreigners are occasionally targeted, although Liberians are the main victims of crime. The Liberian National Police has very limited capability to prevent or detect crime, or to provide emergency response in any part of the country. Levels of crime are much higher after dark. Don’t walk anywhere in the city at night.
Take care when walking alone and only do so during daylight hours. Avoid areas where there are few people, such as beaches.
Most crime is opportunistic theft, but there are organised criminal gangs. Thieves are often armed with knives or machetes, but occasionally also carry firearms. While Liberians are the main victims of crime, the relative wealth of international visitors makes them an attractive target for criminals. Avoid carrying valuables or large sums of money in public and be vigilant at all times, especially at night. Mobile phones and laptops are common targets of theft.
Foreigners have been mugged in the Mamba Point and Sinkor areas of Monrovia (including Sinkor beach in broad daylight), where most international visitors stay. Be wary if you are approached by strangers. Criminals also operate in nightclubs and on beaches.
Accommodation occupied by international workers has occasionally been targeted by burglars. Thefts have occurred in taxis. You should avoid local public transport. There is a high incidence of rape in Liberia. There have been cases of rapes and attempted rapes involving foreign women although these are rare.
Take extra care when driving in heavy traffic or off the main roads.
Consider your security arrangements carefully before your arrival in Liberia. Stay only in reputable accommodation with adequate guarding and other security arrangements, and arrange for transport, including travel to and from the airport in advance. Roberts International Airport is around 30 miles from central Monrovia, much of the journey passing through rural areas.
There are sometimes clashes between armed groups from both sides of the Liberian/Cote d’Ivoire border in some of the more remote border areas of Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties. To avoid straying into these areas, use the main roads when travelling in these counties.
The ability of the national authorities to provide emergency help outside Monrovia is limited. Check the security situation before travelling to any part of the country. Violent incidents, particularly in rural areas, are possible as a result of land disputes, illegal mining and occupation of rubber plantations. Organised groups of former combatants may be present in areas of the country where there is limited government security presence, including Sinoe rubber plantation and Sapo National Park.
The Samuel K Doe Stadium in Monrovia can become overcrowded during major football matches or events.
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is recommended. A temporary local licence may be obtained on production of a UK licence, but this may be time consuming and more expensive. From 28 March 2019, you will need to have a 1968 International Driving Permit (IDP). 1949 IDPs previously issued by the UK may no longer be accepted for use in Liberia after this date.
From 1 February 2019, you can only get IDPs over the counter from 2,500 UK Post Offices. You will not be able to buy an IDP outside the UK, so get one before you travel.
The roads from Monrovia to Roberts International Airport, the port town of Buchanan and to the border with Sierra Leone at Bo Waterside, and to the border with Guinea at Ganta are mainly paved and in reasonable condition. Most other roads outside Monrovia are unpaved. Driving and road conditions deteriorate significantly during the rainy season (May to November), and many roads may become impassable.
Avoid travelling at night outside Monrovia, except to or from Roberts International Airport. Roads are treacherous and all roads are unlit. Vehicles often do not have lights. You are more vulnerable to being robbed at an illegal check point at night.
Make precautionary arrangements for dealing with breakdowns, including considering travel with more than one vehicle. Traffic accidents can quickly draw hostile crowds, who may attempt to take justice into their own hands. Use a local driver outside Monrovia rather than driving yourself.
The standard of driving is generally poor. Be particularly alert to dangers from other vehicles swerving to avoid potholes and from taxis slowing or stopping unpredictably to pick up or drop off passengers and motorcycle taxis ‘Pein-Peins’ (the main cause of road accidents). Motorcycle taxis are very dangerous.
Be prepared to stop at checkpoints operated by the Liberian National Police, or other Liberian security authorities, which are found on roads throughout the country. Pull over to the side of the road immediately when instructed by security forces accompanying VIP convoys.
All air carriers certified only by Liberia have been refused permission to operate services to the EU because Liberia is unable to ensure that its airlines meet international safety standards. There are no commercial operators of domestic flights within Liberia. Some airlines have suspended international flights into/out of Liberia.
Keep up to date with real-time information from your airline, tour operator or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
River and Sea Travel
Liberia has many attractive beaches, but the Atlantic Ocean is subject to rip tides and other dangerous currents. Swimmers should take care and seek local advice before entering the water. Avoid canoes and fishing boats offering passenger services. They are regularly overwhelmed by strong waves and currents.
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Liberia.
As seen in Mali, Côte D’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, terrorist groups continue to mount attacks on beach resorts, hotels, cafés and restaurants visited by foreigners. You should be vigilant in these locations and avoid any crowded places and public gatherings or events.
There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
Don’t become involved with drugs of any kind.
If you commit a criminal offence, including drug trafficking and diamond smuggling you can expect to be subjected to local law. There are heavy penalties for those convicted. Local prison conditions are harsh.
Homosexuality is illegal. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.
Carry photographic identification with you at all times, you may be asked to produce it at any time by immigration officials or the police.
The government office responsible for adoptions in Liberia is the Ministry of Justice. All petitions for adoption are filed in the Probate Court, which issues a decree of adoption if all legal requirements are met. Adoption orders from Liberia are not recognised in the UK. Liberian nationals require a visa to enter the UK. If you are returning to live in the UK, you will need to apply for entry clearance for the child as a child coming for adoption in the UK.
This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Liberia set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Entry to Liberia
Roberts International Airport (RIA) is open for commercial flights. There are no direct flights from the UK. Air France, Brussels Airlines and Royal Air Maroc usually offer a connecting service via Paris, Brussels or Casablanca. Flight availability could change at very short notice. Some regional airlines are operating with reduced flight schedules. If you wish to travel, you should contact your airline or travel agent for confirmation of flight schedules. You must wear a mask during transit and on arrival in Liberia. In Roberts International Airport, you must stand in marked spaces within the terminal to allow for social distancing.
Before travelling to Liberia, you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited lab, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Your test must be conducted a maximum of 96 hours before arrival in Liberia.
Before arrival, in Liberia, you must download the Lib Travel mobile app from Android Play or the Apple Store. If you have problems with the app, staff at Roberts International Airport can assist you.
You must complete a Health Screening Arrival Form before arrival, for monitoring and contact tracing. You must provide your passport details, contact details in Liberia, next of kin details, your travel details (including flight details, with seat number and any transit locations), any countries visited in the previous 14 days, and you must complete the symptom checker. You must select a payment option for your COVID-19 test (payment via app or payment on arrival). Some travellers have reported problems with online payment. You should ensure you carry sufficient cash (US dollars) for payment on arrival. If double-charged you can present proof of online payment and seek a refund. Each adult traveller must download the app and register individually. You can register children via a parent’s app. When you arrive in Liberia, you must be able to show proof that you have completed the symptom tracker form. If you experience problems using the app, staff will assist you at the airport on arrival.
Currently all land borders (with Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire) and ports are open.
Testing / screening on arrival
- On arrival at entry points, staff will check your temperature and you must wash your hands with soap and water. You must show your symptom checking screening form (mobile app) to public health staff. You must also show your flight itinerary
- If you display symptoms of coronavirus, public health officials may take you to a government quarantine or medical facility. See Quarantine requirements
- On arrival at Roberts International Airport, all non-exempt travellers will be tested for COVID-19 by National Public Health Reference Laboratory staff using rapid tests. For exemptions, see Exemptions to testing on arrival below. Exempt travellers who do not provide a valid negative PCR test result will also be tested. Sample collection involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. Results should be available within 20 minutes
- You must present proof of payment for your test before your sample is collected. Travellers arriving from ECOWAS countries must pay US$50. Travellers from countries outside the ECOWAS region must pay US$75. There are two payment options available. You can pay in advance via the Lib Travel mobile app, or alternatively, you can pay at the United Bank for Africa (UBA) banking window (in US dollars cash or by card) on arrival
- Results should be available in approximately 20 minutes. You must show your negative rapid result to exit the airport.
- Any travellers testing positive will be transported by health authorities to the nearest COVID-19 treatment unit and undergo treatment based on Liberia’s Case Management Guidelines. See Quarantine requirements for more information on the Star Base Treatment Unit and conditions for release from Star Base
- Government of Liberia strongly recommends that all travellers self-isolate for 7 days and self-monitor symptoms via the Lib Travel app for 14 days, beginning the day after arrival in Liberia
For information on testing for travellers departing Liberia, see International Travel.
Exemptions to testing on arrival:
- Children under the age of 5 years old are exempt from COVID-19 testing and do not require a test result certificate. However, you should check your airline’s requirements.
- Cabin crew, captains, flight engineers and first officers with layovers less than 48 hours are exempt from testing if they complete pre-boarding testing as per their airline’s policy and comply with screening procedures while in Liberia. They must complete screening on arrival and proceed to their designated flight crew hotel. If layover is more than 48 hours, cabin crew, captains, flight engineers and first officers must undergo PCR testing before leaving Liberia (see Coronavirus testing for departing travellers)
- In lieu of testing on arrival, Diplomats and their families, honorary consuls, duly accredited international organisations’ staff and Liberian diplomats must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result certificate from an accredited lab. The PCR COVID-19 test must have been conducted within 24 to 72 hours of arrival in Liberia If you do not present a valid negative PCR COVID-19 test result certificate, NPHIL staff will seek to test you on arrival
- Diplomats, their families and honorary consuls arriving from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Mozambique and Lesotho are not exempt from testing on arrival
You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
You should be prepared for travel restrictions, and changes to screening and quarantine requirements with no advance notice.
All travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Mozambique and Lesotho will be taken directly from the airport to the Star Base Precautionary Observation Centre for seven days at their own expense. The cost for lodging and meals for the seven day quarantine period is plus transportation from the airport to Star Base is US$40 per night per person. Exempt travellers from the countries listed above will also be taken to Star Base.
Any travellers receiving a positive rapid test result on arrival at Roberts International Airport will be transported by health authorities to the nearest government COVID-19 Treatment Unit and undergo treatment based on Liberia’s Case Management Guidelines. Travellers who have mild to moderate symptoms (or are asymptomatic) up to 7 days after arrival at a treatment unit will be clinically assessed and will be given a PCR test. Depending on clinical assessment they may be discharged to home-based care between 8-14 days after admission. Critical and severe cases will remain at the treatment unit. PCR test results usually take several days and at busy periods have taken two weeks due to laboratory backlogs. Liberian quarantine and COVID-19 treatment facilities are basic, and not guaranteed to meet Public Health England standards.
There is no quarantine requirement for other travellers who test negative on arrival, however, Government of Liberia strongly recommends that all travellers self-isolate for 7 days and self-monitor symptoms via the Lib Travel app for 14 days, beginning the day after arrival in Liberia.
There is a risk for British nationals of being put into a government quarantine or medical facility, either on arrival or during your trip to Liberia. Liberian “Precautionary Observation Centers” (POCs) and treatment units are basic, and not guaranteed to meet Public Health England standards.
You are at risk of being put into quarantine or instructed to self-isolate even after completing your post-arrival self-isolation, if you develop symptoms (fever, cough or respiratory illness), or it is suspected you have been in contact with some who has tested positive for coronavirus. If you test positive for COVID-19, you may be transferred to a government quarantine facility or treatment unit. You are strongly advised to familiarise yourself with these risks before travelling.
If you are travelling on behalf of government, an international organisation/NGO or a company, you should check with your organisation whether they have pre-arranged a private POC, i.e. quarantine facility, authorised by NHPIL. The British Embassy cannot provide POC facilities. If you show symptoms, you may be transferred to a government POC or treatment centre.
Visitors arriving on a laissez-passer (except UN or EU), may also be taken to quarantine for secondary screening. Any suspicion of illegal attempts to circumvent the process will result in removal to quarantine.
If you are unable to leave Liberia and your visa is due to expire, you must apply for an extension. The maximum extension period is 60 days. It is only possible to extend your visa once. To apply for an extension in Monrovia, you should visit the Immigration Office at Gbarngaye’s Town, 24th Street, Sinkor. The office is open 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. You should ask for the Registration Section.
You must bring your passport and pay a fee of US$25. If you are staying outside Montserrado County, you should contact your local Immigration Office to seek a visa extension authorised by the Immigration County Commander. If you have already extended your visa once and it is due to expire, you must apply for a residence permit. In this case, please contact the British Embassy for advice by emailing Monrovia.GeneralEnquiries@fcdo.gov.uk
Regular entry requirements
British nationals need a visa to enter Liberia. You can get a visa from the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in London.
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) aren’t valid for entry into Liberia. However, ETDs are accepted for airside transit and exit from Liberia.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.
Registration of residents
If you’re intending to live in Liberia, you will need to register with the Liberian Immigration Service (LIS), Airfield New Road, Sinkor Monrovia. Visitors do not need to register with the LIS.
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Liberia on the TravelHealthPro website
See the healthcare information in the Coronavirus section for information on what to do if you think you have coronavirus while in Liberia.
At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.
General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.
The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.
While travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. Information on travelling with mental health conditions is available in our guidance page. Further information is also available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).
Other health risks
Malaria is a serious problem throughout Liberia, including in Monrovia. Typhoid is also common. Cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) have occurred in 2021.
On 6 August 2021 the Ministry of Health in neighbouring Guinea confirmed a case of Marburg virus disease in Guekédou, Forestière Region. This is close to the border with Liberia. Liberian authorities are increasing their epidemiological surveillance levels in response. Monitor the NaTHNaC website for the latest information. You can find more information on Marburg virus disease from the World Health Organisation.
There have been previous outbreaks of Ebola in Liberia and there was recently an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea close to the Liberian border (the end was declared on 19 June 2021 following a 42 day countdown). Further information on Ebola can be found on the WHO website and the Public Health England (PHE) website. Public Health England has guidance for humanitarian or healthcare workers travelling to countries at risk of Ebola.
Cholera and malaria are present in Liberia and have similar early symptoms to Ebola. You should check this travel advice before travelling to Liberia and follow the health advice on the NHS website.
There is a risk of Lassa fever in Liberia, with several confirmed cases occurring this year. For more information on Lassa fever, you should visit the NaTHNaC website. If you’re concerned that you might have been exposed to, or are showing symptoms of Lassa fever, you should seek immediate medical advice.
The 2012 UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic estimated that around 18,000 adults aged 15 or over in Liberia were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 0.9% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.25%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.
Local medical care
Hospitals and medical facilities throughout Liberia are poorly equipped. There are no emergency services. Blood supplies are unreliable and unsafe, and medication is scarce. There is no effective public or commercial accident and emergency or ambulance service anywhere in the country. You should carry basic medical supplies. Medication is usually sold over the counter in pharmacies, without a prescription. However, supplies can be unreliable and medications available in the UK may not be available in Liberia. Ensure you have adequate supplies of prescription medication, bearing in mind the risk of delays due to flight cancellations. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad, medical evacuation and repatriation. Most health care providers only accept cash payments.
During a recent significant increase in serious COVID-19 cases, Liberian healthcare facilities experienced severe capacity constraints. There was a lack of oxygen, medication, personal protective equipment and critical care beds. There were reports that accident victims with serious injuries were turned away from hospitals, and that patients experiencing respiratory distress died due to lack of oxygen. Although confirmed COVID-19 cases have now reduced, they could increase again. You should consider the significant health risks before travelling to Liberia.
For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.
Credit and debit cards are not generally accepted in Liberia, except for a few of the main hotels and some larger supermarkets. They may be unable to process card payments when internet connections are weak. Very few outlets will accept travellers’ cheques. Most health care providers only accept cash payments. Several cash machines/ATMs accepting only Visa cards now operate in Monrovia, including in the two main hotels frequented by international visitors, but ATMs frequently run out of cash. Foreign exchange and banking facilities are limited. Western Union and Moneygram have a number of agents in Liberia who are able to transfer money from the UK, although there are very few outside Monrovia. Liberia’s banking sector is currently experiencing cash shortages (of both US dollars and Liberian dollars). Banks and foreign exchange facilities may be unable to pay out transferred funds or fulfil ATM withdrawals. Bring sufficient funds, in US dollars cash, to cover all expenses. If you bring more than US$10,000, you must report this upon entry to Liberia. You may exit with no more than US$7,500 in cash.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. If you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad, contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in London on 020 7008 5000 (24 hours).
Foreign travel checklist
Read our foreign travel checklist to help you plan for your trip abroad and stay safe while you’re there.
The FCDO travel advice helps you make your own decisions about foreign travel. Your safety is our main concern, but we can’t provide tailored advice for individual trips. If you’re concerned about whether or not it’s safe for you to travel, you should read the travel advice for the country or territory you’re travelling to, together with information from other sources you’ve identified, before making your own decision on whether to travel. Only you can decide whether it’s safe for you to travel.
When we judge the level of risk to British nationals in a particular place has become unacceptably high, we’ll state on the travel advice page for that country or territory that we advise against all or all but essential travel. Read more about how the FCDO assesses and categorises risk in foreign travel advice.
Our crisis overseas page suggests additional things you can do before and during foreign travel to help you stay safe.
Refunds and cancellations
If you wish to cancel or change a holiday that you’ve booked, you should contact your travel company. The question of refunds and cancellations is a matter for you and your travel company. Travel companies make their own decisions about whether or not to offer customers a refund. Many of them use our travel advice to help them reach these decisions, but we do not instruct travel companies on when they can or can’t offer a refund to their customers.
For more information about your rights if you wish to cancel a holiday, visit the Citizen’s Advice Bureau website. For help resolving problems with a flight booking, visit the website of the Civil Aviation Authority. For questions about travel insurance, contact your insurance provider and if you’re not happy with their response, you can complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Registering your travel details with us
We’re no longer asking people to register with us before travel. Our foreign travel checklist and crisis overseas page suggest things you can do before and during foreign travel to plan your trip and stay safe.
Previous versions of FCDO travel advice
If you’re looking for a previous version of the FCDO travel advice, visit the National Archives website. Versions prior to 2 September 2020 will be archived as FCO travel advice. If you can’t find the page you’re looking for there, send the Travel Advice Team a request.
If you’re a British national and you have a question about travelling abroad that isn’t covered in our foreign travel advice or elsewhere on GOV.UK, you can submit an enquiry. We’re not able to provide tailored advice for specific trips.