Liberia Travel Warning
Issued by U.S. Department of State
May 21, 2002
This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Liberia dated February
26, 2002. It alerts Americans that the security incidents and fighting
between Liberian government and dissident forces have spread to other areas
of Liberia. This represents a further deterioration in the security
situation in Liberia.
The Department of State reaffirms its warning to U.S. citizens against
travel to Liberia due to the unstable security situation throughout the
country. Dissidents have clashed with government troops in a number of
areas, including the counties of Lofa, Gbarpolu, Bomi, Margibi and Bong.
The fighting may spread to other areas of the country without warning.
The Government of Liberia declared a state of emergency on February 8. The
presence of many ill-trained and armed government security personnel in the
country continues to constitute a potential danger.
U.S. citizens who remain in Liberia despite this warning should be aware of
their surroundings at all times and use caution in traveling. Travel
anywhere after dark is strongly discouraged.
Due to the security situation, the ability of the U.S. Embassy to provide
direct assistance to U.S. citizens outside of the Monrovia area is severely
limited. 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. The Department prohibits dependents from accompanying U.S.
Government employees to Liberia.
Americans in Liberia 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) 226-154. For further general information
on Liberia, travelers may consult the Department of State's latest Consular
Information Sheet for Liberia at http://travel.state.gov