Due to COVID-19, travel advice is subject to rapid change. The Liberia Government may change entry requirements and close their borders at very short notice.
Travellers should ideally arrange an appointment with their health professional at least four to six weeks before travel. However, even if time is short, an appointment is still worthwhile. This appointment provides an opportunity for travellers to assess health risks taking into account a number of factors including destination, medical history, and planned activities. For those with pre-existing health problems, an earlier appointment is recommended.
Roberts International Airport (RIA) is open for commercial flights.
Travel in Liberia
- In response to rising COVID-19 cases, revised COVID-19 National Health Guidelines have been issued by the Ministry of Health. 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 that 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 handwashing 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.
All travellers should consider the significant health risks before travelling to Liberia.
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. 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.
Wherever possible travellers 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.
Liberia has received 96,000 AstraZeneca vaccines via the COVAX initiative. A national COVID-19 vaccination campaign has commenced with three priority phases.
Phase 1: legislators; executive staff; judges; diplomatic missions; UN staff; traditional leaders; religious leaders; marketeers; healthcare workers.
Phase 2: people aged over 60 or with co-morbidities.
Phase 3: others, including teachers, military, immigration, police, hospitality sector, journalists. Foreign residents are eligible for vaccination.
The Ministry of Health has identified eight healthcare facilities in Monrovia where the vaccine will be administered: John F Kennedy Medical Center; Redemption Hospital; JDJ Memorial Hospital; 14 Military Hospital; St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital; ELWA Hospital; SOS Clinic; and the UN Clinic. Mobile vaccine clinics are also available on request for groups of over 50 individuals. Clinics may operate in other counties; you should monitor local media and Government of Liberia websites for announcements (see Further information). Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines on the World Health Organisation COVID-19 vaccines page.
You must ensure you have made arrangements for accommodation before travelling to Liberia. Some 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.
Businesses such as banks, supermarkets, restaurants and salons are open. Health measures including hand-washing, 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 10 customers are permitted inside bank service areas and only 20 customers inside supermarkets, night clubs and bars. Prevention measures must be followed inside and while queuing to enter. Some offices and businesses may also require temperature checks before entry. Nightclubs, bars and other establishments serving alcohol are permitted to open until 9 pm.
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.
Gatherings (e.g. parties, funerals, weddings) of up to 20 people are permitted as long as preventative measures can be maintained (masks, social distancing, hand-sanitiser/washing). No spectators are allowed at sporting events.
Public offices must reduce staff by 50% with other staff working at home.
Dead bodies confirmed as COVID-positive may not be transported into or out of Liberia.
Before departure from Liberia, you will need a negative COVID-19 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 in Sophia, Congo Town, Monrovia from 9 am to 4 pm 7 days per week. Individuals have reported wait times of up to 5 hours during busy periods. An appointment system is not available.
- There are two testing options. Regular tests are US$50 for travel within the ECOWAS region or US$75 for travel outside the ECOWAS region. Expedited tests, with results certificates within 24 hours are available for an additional charge of US$100 (total charge $150 for travel in the ECOWAS region, or $175 for travel elsewhere). Individuals have reported significant delays to receive results due to laboratory backlogs. You may wish to consider expedited tests and should ensure your flight ticket is flexible.
- Regular sample processing could take several days. If you are not paying for an expedited test, 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.
- NPHIL encourages all travellers to register at http://liberiacovidtravel.org before arrival at the Union Center. 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 a registration on the website, you can click “Proceed to Payment” to be redirected to a secure payment site that 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 the 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. Home-based care is considered on a case-by-case basis.
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 are exempt from testing on departure. However, voluntary testing at the Union Center is available free of charge. If requesting expedited results within 24 hours, the $100 additional fee applies.
- Cabin crew, captains, flight engineers and first officers with layovers less than 48 hours (subject to airline policy).
- Although the Government of Liberia does not require exempt travellers to do testing on departure, airlines may require proof of negative test results 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.
Would you mind visiting the following pages for posts, announcements and further information?
- 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: