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Liberia

Liberia: At a glance

Capital: Monrovia

Population: 4.8 million

Official language: English

Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Liberia: Travel Health Information

Liberia is known for its natural landscapes, wildlife, bustling cities, and culture. Travellers can enjoy the country’s several beaches, hike across a monkey bridge – bridges made of vines and other natural materials that cross over rivers – and can experience the multiculturalism of Monrovia.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Liberia may differ from your home country. Liberia has a public decentralized healthcare system that is slowly recovering from war with the help of international relief organizations. Public hospitals are available in Monrovia, but access outside of the capital is extremely limited. Public hospitals provide basic healthcare services, but the quality generally does not meet international standards. There is one private hospital in Monrovia which may be able to provide more complex healthcare services which will meet a higher standard.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Liberia typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Due to limited healthcare services, medical evacuation – possibly to Western Europe – will be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Liberia.

Pharmacies and medications

Medicine is scarce and generally unavailable in most areas. Avoid buying medications from markets or unlicensed pharmacies, as fake medication is a common problem. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medications for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Liberia’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

The majority of roads in Liberia are unlit and poorly maintained - many are unpaved and potholes are common. During the rainy season, many roads become slippery and unusable. Reckless driving is also common in Liberia. Seat belts and helmets should be worn by drivers and passengers of vehicles and motorcycles at all times for safety.



Liberia: At a glance

Capital: Monrovia

Population: 4.8 million

Official language: English

Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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