Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in Liberia due to crime and civil unrest. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport is valid at the date of their entering the country. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for each entry stamp/visa that will be required. A visa is required. US citizens will need to get in touch with the country’s embassy or nearest consulate to obtain a visa prior to visiting the country.

US Embassy/Consulate

+(231) 77-677-7000; US Embassy Monrovia, 502 Benson Street, Monrovia, Liberia;;

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

911 (cell phone only)


An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required for all travelers. See WHO recommendations. On 21 March 2022, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Travel Alert for polio in Africa; Liberia is currently considered a high risk to travelers for polio; the CDC recommends that before any international travel, anyone unvaccinated, incompletely vaccinated, or with an unknown polio vaccination status should complete the routine polio vaccine series; before travel to any high-risk destination, CDC recommends that adults who previously completed the full, routine polio vaccine series receive a single, lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine.


Tropical; hot, humid; dry winters with hot days and cool to cold nights; wet, cloudy summers with frequent heavy showers

Currency (Code)

Liberian dollars (LRD)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

120 V, 220 V / 60 Hz / plug types(s): A, B, C, F

Plug Type APlug Type BPlug Type CPlug Type F

Major Languages

English, some 20 ethnic group languages few of which can be written or used in correspondence

Major Religions

Christian 85.6%, Muslim 12.2%, Traditional 0.6%

Time Difference

UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Mount Nimba; Monkey Island; Waterside Market, Monrovia; Sapo National Park

Major Sports

Soccer, basketball, track and field

Cultural Practices

Communication in Liberia typically involves more physical contact than in America. It is not uncommon for a speaker to rest their hand on your shoulder.

Tipping Guidelines

Some restaurants add a service charge to the bill, if not, a 10% tip is customary. Hotel service staff appreciate small amounts for good service.


Ritual masks; ebony, soapstone and mahogany carvings; handmade fabrics and tailored clothing; leather goods; stamped metal necklaces and earrings

Traditional Cuisine

Dumboy — boiled cassava pounded into a viscous dough and shaped into balls; typically eaten with pepper soup

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2022