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.