ALERT: U.S. Embassy Monrovia, Liberia

Location:  Liberia

Event: Liberia has confirmed COVID-19 within its borders.  The President of Liberia ended the State of Emergency on July 21, 2020.  The Ministry of Health announced a “Revised COVID-19 Declaration of National Health Emergency” on July 22 that promulgates public health laws and protocols to curtail the spread of COVID-19, such as the wearing of face masks in public and at government institutions, practicing social distancing, and washing hands.  In addition, the declaration established capacity limits for banks, supermarkets, and public transportation.    Refer to the Ministry of Health website for full details.

With the resumption of commercial flight operations at Roberts International Airport (RIA) on June 28, the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism announced the following health measures and protocols for arriving passengers:

  1. All passengers will be required to have their temperature taken for symptoms of COVID-19 and register via phone numbers/USSD Mobile App.
  2. All arriving passengers who have been tested at point of departure must present a valid negative result document on arrival at RIA.
  3. All arriving passengers who have not been tested at point of departure will be required to take a rapid test and a PCR swab at the airport upon arrival in Liberia.
    a. In the event of a positive rapid test result, the passenger will be placed in the holding unit at the airport pending the final PCR test result.
    b. Passengers having negative test results will be allowed to go home pending final PCR test.  There will be continued symptom monitoring via USSD and Mobile App.

The announcement includes the following information for departing passengers:

  1. All passengers are to arrive four hours before check-in time.
  2. All passengers must wear a face mask.
  3. Only ticketed passengers will be allowed entry into the airport.
  4. All passengers entering the airport gate will be subject to mandatory screening.
  5. All passengers will be required to wash their hands.
  6. Passengers will be required to stand in marked spaces within the terminal area.

For information about entry into the United States for U.S. citizens, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.  U.S. visa holders and lawful permanent residents should refer to the Department of Homeland Security for the latest travel restrictions that may apply to you, including the March 11 Presidential Proclamation implementing restrictions for travelers present in the Schengen area (which includes transiting via Brussels) within 14 days of attempted entry to the United States.  In addition, both non-immigrant and immigrant visa holders should be aware of the April 22 Presidential Proclamation  and the new June 22 Presidential Proclamation also on the DHS website.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 (“Do Not Travel”) Health Advisory for COVID-19.  If you choose to travel to Liberia despite this warning and plan to transit Europe from the United States, refer to for more information.

The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia has no greater priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens.  We have received requests for information regarding repatriation; at this time, there is no confirmed repatriation flight.

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