Liberia Travel Information

Photo Welcome to Liberia, bordering Sierra Leone, Guinea Republic, Côte d’Ivoire and The Atlantic. Liberia has over 200 miles of sandy beaches.
The climate is hot, and tropical with little variation in temperature. The wet season runs from May to October. The dry Harmattan wind blows from December to March, making the coastal belt particularly arid.
Monrovia, the capital, is a sprawling city on the coast divided by inlets, lagoons and rocky headlands. The city has several nightclubs, restaurants and bars, centered on the area around Gurley Street. There are several good sandy beaches near the capital. Conducted tours of the Firestone Rubber Plantation, one of the largest in the world, make an interesting day excursion, situated only 50km (30 miles) from Monrovia. There are several museums and cultural centers outside the capital; contact the Embassy information department for further details. Some of the country’s most beautiful beaches can be found at Robertsport.
The country itself is very oriented towards Americans. The police wears the same uniforms as the N.Y.P.D. It is a very tourist friendly country. You can expect prices to be a bit high on your visit. Hotels in particular are a bit expensive but not outrageous. Traveling in and out of the country should not be a problem as it is serviced by international airlines to different countries. Train and taxi service are used within the country itself.
If you have any questions, visit the tourism offices and they can give you up to date information.
The Liberian economy had relied heavily on the mining of iron ore prior to the civil war. Liberia was a major exporter of iron ore on the world market. In the 1970s and 1980s, iron mining accounted for more than half of Liberia's export earnings. Since the coup d'etat of 1980, the country's economic growth rate has slowed down because of a decline in the demand for iron ore on the world market and political upheavals in Liberia. Liberia's foreign debt amounts to more than $3 billion.
The U.S. dollar is readily accepted in Liberia. While the official rate of exchange is one U.S. dollar to one Liberian dollar, the street rate is substantially different and varies. In the past few months, the street rate has been 40-50 Liberian dollars to one U.S. dollar. The Central Bank of Liberia has recently issued new currency and all older Liberian currency such as the "Liberty" and the "JJ" is no longer legal tender. The use of traveler's checks is subject to substantial fees, and few commercial establishments accept them. ATMs are unavailable and credit/debit cards are not accepted anywhere in Liberia. Wire transfers through Western Union and some banks are available but subject to substantial fees.
Taking photographs of military installations, air and seaports, and important government buildings is restricted. Visitors should refrain from taking pictures of any sites or activities, including official motorcades or security personnel that might be considered sensitive. Travelers should be cautious of their surroundings at all times. The presence of many ill-trained and armed government security personnel continues to constitute a potential danger. The northwestern part of the country is unsettled as rebel activity in Sierra Leone and Guinea continues to affect stability along the Sierra Leone-Guinea-Liberia border areas. In particular, there have been reports of intensified hostilities in upper Lofa County.

Important: Travel to Liberia may require a travel visa. Whether a visa is required for travel depends on citizenship and purpose of journey. Please be sure to review Travisa's Liberia visa instructions for details. Visa instructions for other countries are available on our do I need a visa page.

Country Statistics

Full country name: Republic of Liberia
Capital city: Monrovia
Area: 111,369 sq km
Population: 3,887,886
Ethnic groups: Kpelle 20.3%, Bassa 13.4%, Grebo 10%, Gio 8%, Mano 7.9%, Kru 6%, Lorma 5.1%, Kissi 4.8%, Gola 4.4%, other 20.1%
Languages: English 20%
Religions: Christian 85.6%, Muslim 12.2%, Traditional 0.6%, other 0.2%, none 1.4%
Government: republic
Chief of State: President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF
Head of Government: President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF
GDP: 2.432 billion
GDP per captia: 600
Annual growth rate: 8.2%
Inflation: 7.4%
Agriculture: rubber, coffee, cocoa, rice, cassava
Major industries: rubber processing, palm oil processing, timber, diamonds
Natural resources: iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold, hydropower
Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone
Trade Partners - exports: US 21.2%, Spain 10.3%, Cote d'Ivoire 6.1%, Germany 5.7%, Japan 5.6%, China 5.4%, Canada 4.9%
Trade Partners - imports: South Korea 41.8%, China 28.3%, Japan 18.6%