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Liberia Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. State Department

May 31, 2001

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Liberia due to the unstable security situation throughout the country. Because of the security situation, the Department prohibits dependents from accompanying U.S. Government employees to Liberia.

Although the Department has terminated the authorized departure of U.S. Embassy personnel in non-emergency positions from Liberia on May 31, 2001, U.S. citizens in Liberia should carefully review their own personal security situation in determining whether to remain in the country. U.S. citizens should be aware that the ability of the U.S. Embassy to provide direct assistance to U.S. citizens outside of the Monrovia area is severely limited.

U.S. citizens 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. Travel anywhere in Liberia after dark is discouraged. From time to time, the U.S. Embassy restricts the travel of U.S. Government employees both by time and location. U.S. citizens in Liberia should check with the Embassy for current information regarding these restrictions.

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