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Liberia Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Jun 09, 2003

This Travel Warning is being updated to inform U.S. citizens that the Department of State has ordered the departure of all non-emergency personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia due to deterioration in the security situation. This supersedes the May 22, 2003, Travel Warning for Liberia.

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Liberia, and recommends that any Americans remaining in the country should depart immediately while commercial flights remain available.

Currently, rebels are engaged in clashes with government troops in a number of areas throughout the country. The President of Liberia has called for the resignation of his cabinet, which may lead to further instability. Due to the fighting, principal roads to Sierra Leone and Guinea, and from Monrovia to the western part of the country, are closed. Travel over many other roads has become prohibitively dangerous. There is also a high threat of common crime.

The presence of heavily armed government security personnel can constitute a serious danger as well. Military roadblocks throughout the country serve as potential flash points. Furthermore, periodic inflammatory statements in the local media regarding U.S. policies and presence in Liberia could also incite violence against American interests.

The Department of State has ordered the departure of all non-emergency personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia due to increased fighting throughout the country. The Department already prohibits dependents from accompanying U.S. Government employees to Liberia. The general security situation and lack of reliable communications systems in Liberia limit the Embassy's ability to provide assistance to U.S. citizens outside the Monrovia area. In addition, roadblocks established by Liberian government forces could prevent Embassy vehicles, as well as all other non-military vehicles, from traveling into conflict zones, further preventing our Embassy from providing assistance to Americans in a time of crisis.

U.S. citizens still in Liberia should be aware of their surroundings at all times and use caution in traveling. Travel anywhere after dark is strongly discouraged. Owing to the potential for violence, U.S. citizens should avoid crowds, political rallies, and street demonstrations. In addition, due to conflicts that periodically arise among security forces, U.S. citizens should avoid any gathering of such forces. Americans should report any threats or suspicious activity to the Embassy in Monrovia and monitor the local media for developments that may affect their safety and security.

Americans who remain in Liberia despite this Travel Warning are strongly urged to register and to obtain updated information on travel and security in Liberia at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy at 111 United Nations Drive, Mamba Point, Monrovia, Liberia, telephone (231) 226-370, fax (231) 226-148. Travelers should also consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Liberia and Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at travel.state.gov. American citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or Canada or 317-472-2328 from overseas.

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