Exercise a high degree of caution in Liberia due to the unpredictable security situation and high crime rate.
Reconsider your need to travel to Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties due to the presence of armed groups in the areas bordering Côte d'Ivoire and the possibility of cross-border attacks. See
Safety and security.
- The United Nations Mission in Liberia is expected to end in March 2018. It is unclear how the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers will impact security in Liberia. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times. Avoid protests and demonstrations as they may turn violent. See
Safety and security.
- On 9 June 2016, Liberia was declared free of Ebola. Monitor updates from the World Health Organization (WHO). See
- Screening measures are still in place at entry points. If you have a fever or Ebola-like symptoms, you may be placed in quarantine, or denied entry or exit. See
Entry and exit.
- The main international airport in Liberia, Roberts International Airport, will be closed to air traffic on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 October 2017 to 31 March 2018 for maintenance works. Contact your airline or travel operator directly for up-to-date information on flight options.
- Australia doesn't have an embassy or consulate in Liberia. Contact the
Australian High Commission in Accra, Ghana for consular assistance in Liberia.
Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.
Entry and exit
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact the nearest
Embassy or Consulate of Liberia for up-to-date information.
Be prepared for health screening at border crossings.
Travellers with a fever or Ebola-like symptoms may be subject to quarantine, or denied entry or exit.
A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is required to enter Liberia. Get vaccinated against yellow fever.
Yellow fever fact sheet (Department of Health).
Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you intend to return to Australia.
Your passport is a valuable document and attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, you must notify the Australian Government as soon as possible. You can either:
Credit cards are rarely accepted in Liberia. Only a few commercial establishments accept travellers cheques. There are a limited number of ATMs in the capital, Monrovia. Western Union and Moneygram have agents in Monrovia.
Safety and security
Civil unrest and political tension
Liberia is recovering from civil war. The United Nations (UN) Mission in Liberia, which has been responsible for restoring peace and security in Liberia, is expected to end in March 2018. It is unclear how the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers will impact security in Liberia. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times.
- Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings, as they may turn violent.
Some political issues remain sensitive in Liberia, such as the imprisonment of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes. Taylor's supporters have warned that travellers from the United Kingdom in Liberia may be at risk of reprisal.
- Reconsider your need to travel to Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties. There are armed groups in the areas bordering Côte d'Ivoire. Cross border attacks occurred in 2014, and could happen again.
- Avoid discussing political issues.
Crime occurs throughout Liberia. Muggings, residential burglary and armed robbery are common. Foreigners are a target for robbery. Police forces can't always provide effective protection.
Don't travel alone or after dark, when crime levels are higher.
If you're a victim of violent crime, including rape, seek immediate medical assistance. See Health.
Commercial and internet fraud
Be careful of internet scams and other fraud. Commercial and internet fraud often originates in West African countries. If you're a victim of internet fraud originating in Liberia, don't travel there. Some victims of internet scams originating in Africa have been killed. Others have had their lives endangered.
Be cautious of any request for bank account details. Criminals seek details of 'safe' bank accounts overseas in which to transfer large sums of money (as a donation or for a percentage of the amount involved).
Be careful in any business dealings. Methods of fraud include:
- providing fake cashier cheques for 'urgent' shipments of large quantities of goods
- requesting fees for a fake government contract
- extorting money from people they have convinced to travel to Africa for a business opportunity.
If you're a victim of a financial scam, get legal advice. Don't travel to Africa to seek restitution due to the risk of physical assault from the perpetrators.
Be wary of connections made through internet dating schemes or chat rooms. Some Australian citizens have been defrauded or had their lives endangered by bogus internet friendship, and dating and marriage schemes operating from West African countries. These scams typically result from connections made through internet dating schemes or chat rooms. Once a virtual relationship develops, the Australian citizen is asked by their friend or prospective marriage partner to send money to enable travel to Australia. When the money has been received, the relationship is usually terminated and any chance of recovering the funds is highly unlikely. In some instances, foreigners who have travelled to Africa to meet their friend or prospective marriage partner have been kidnapped and held to ransom.
Terrorism is a threat throughout the world.
More information: Terrorist threat worldwide.
Carry photo identification with you at all times in Liberia. Government security checkpoints will ask to see photo identification.
Tourist facilities are severely limited outside of Monrovia and infrastructure is poor.
Strong coastal currents are common in Liberia. Seek local advice before swimming.
Driving in Liberia is dangerous, especially after dark, due to poor road conditions, poorly maintained vehicles and a lack of sufficient street lighting.
More information: Road safety and driving.
Public transport options are limited.
The Australian Government doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. See the
Aviation Safety Network website for information on aviation safety in Liberia.
There have been a number of attacks on security forces by illegal rubber tappers in the Firestone rubber plantation area near Roberts International Airport near Monrovia. Only travel on major routes, particularly within the plantation and near Roberts International Airport, near Monrovia.
More information: Air travel
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our
Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe, and can include heavy fines and lengthy jail sentences.
More information: Carrying or using drugs
Carry photo identification with you at all times in Liberia.
The following activities are illegal in Liberia and may be subject to severe penalties:
- homosexuality. More information: LGBTI travellers
- possession of pornographic material
- taking photographs around military installations, air and sea ports, and government buildings
- export of diamonds, except in compliance with Liberian laws controlling the international trade in rough diamonds.
Some Australian criminal laws apply overseas. If you commit these offences, you can be prosecuted in Australia. Laws include those relating to:
- bribery of foreign public officials
- child pornography
- child sex tourism
- female genital mutilation
- forced marriage
- money laundering
Staying within the law
Dual nationals page.
Liberia is a conservative society, particularly outside Monrovia. Take care not to offend.
Avoid clothing choices that offend local customs. Typical dress for women includes loose-fitting clothing that covers the upper arms and legs.
Take out comprehensive travel insurance before you depart to cover overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation.
Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government won't pay for your medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs. This can be very expensive and cost you many thousands of dollars upfront.
- what circumstances and activities are and aren't covered under your policy
- that you're covered for the whole time you'll be away.
Physical and mental health
Consider your physical and mental health before travelling, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
- At least eight weeks before you travel, see your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and implications for your health.
- Get vaccinated before you travel.
If you need counselling services while overseas, contact the Australian Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on +61 2 6261 3305 and ask to speak to a Lifeline telephone counsellor.
Not all medications available over the counter or by prescription in Australia are available in other countries. Some may be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
Take prescription medicine with you so you remain in good health. Always carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you take and that it's for personal use only.
Before you leave Australia:
- check if your medication is legal in each country you're travelling to
- get medical documents
authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before you depart (if required).
Liberia was declared Ebola free on 9 June 2016.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that Ebola is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. However, it expects outbreaks in the future.
Monitor updates from the WHO for the latest details.
The rate of HIV/AIDS infection in Liberia is high. Exercise appropriate precautions if engaging in activities that expose you to risk of infection.
Liberia is listed by the WHO as endemic for yellow fever. Yellow fever is a potentially fatal viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, preventable by vaccination. Get vaccinated against yellow fever before travelling to Liberia. A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into the country.
Malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses are common. Protect yourself by:
- ensuring your accommodation is mosquito proof
- taking measures to avoid insect bites, including using insect repellent and wearing long, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing
- consider taking prophylaxis against malaria.
Other diseases and health issues
Water-borne, food-borne, parasitic and other infectious diseases (including cholera, typhoid, lassa fever, hepatitis and tuberculosis) are common, with serious outbreaks occurring from time to time.
- Boil drinking water or drink bottled water.
- Avoid ice cubes.
- Avoid uncooked and undercooked food.
- Don't swim in fresh water.
Seek urgent medical attention if you suspect poisoning, if you have a fever or suffer from diarrhoea.
Medical facilities are poor in Monrovia and extremely limited elsewhere. Plan accordingly.
Physicians and hospitals often expect upfront payment in cash for medical care.
If you become seriously ill or injured, you would need medical evacuation to a destination with appropriate facilities. Medical evacuation could exceed AUD 100,000.
Where to get help
Depending on what you need, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, travel agent, travel insurance provider, employer or airline.
Your travel insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
- Firefighting and rescue services: 911
- Medical emergencies: 911
- Criminal issues: contact local police. Always get a police report when reporting a crime.
A call to 911 in Liberia may go unanswered. Use other resources to get emergency assistance.
Tourism services and products
For complaints relating to tourism services or products, contact your service provider directly.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
Australia doesn't have an embassy or consulate in Liberia. For consular assistance, contact the Australian Government at the Australian High Commission in Accra, Ghana.
Australian High Commission, Accra
2, Second Rangoon Close
(cnr Josef Broz Tito Ave)
Telephone: +233 302 216 400
Facsimile: +233 302 216 410
Information on opening hours and temporary closures:
If you're unable to contact the High Commission in a consular emergency, contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.
Natural disasters, severe weather and climate
Flooding may occur in the rainy season from May to November.
If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities. More information: Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS).