COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  12/30/2021

The Liberian Ministry of Health updated its Traveler Protocols effective December 20, 2021. The new protocols state travelers over age 18 entering Liberia must show proof of vaccination, in addition to providing a negative COVID test result upon entry and exit. Refer to the Traveler Protocols for details. Protocols are subject to change quickly and with little notice. Travelers should monitor the Ministry of Health website.

  • The Traveler Protocols as of December 20, 2021, encourage travelers from countries with confirmed Omicron variant to quarantine for seven days on arrival. Quarantine may be at travelers’ location in Liberia that is socially distanced from others. ·
  • The Traveler Protocols also underscore that correct use of face masks, hand washing, social distancing, and vaccination all reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. A decision to grant a waiver to the one-day testing requirement rests solely with the CDC.  For travelers requesting a waiver, email acsmonrovia@state.gov for instructions.

As of November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Country-Specific Information

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Liberia due to COVID-19, indicating a low level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. The Department of State has issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory (Exercise Increased Caution) for Liberia due to crime.

On August 20, 2021, the Ministry of Health revised its COVID-19 National Guidelines. The new guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Mask-wearing and handwashing are mandatory in public, as well as social distancing of at least three feet
  • Gathering sizes are limited, as is capacity for certain businesses and public transportation
  • Persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their contacts are required to comply with the guidelines of health authorities and related health rules
  • Refer to the complete COVID-19 National Guidelines on the Ministry of Health website

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Liberia?  Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day?  Yes
  • COVID-19 testing is available at the Union Center in Sophia, Congo Town, Monrovia from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days per week.  Testing for travelers going to the United States costs $75 USD; testing is free of charge for non-travelers.
  • Free COVID-19 testing is also available on a limited basis at JFK hospital. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry is through the gate on Payne Street and 20th Street. Please go early as capacity is limited. Testing is free of charge for non-travelers only.
  • Test results are available at http://www.liberiacovidresult.org.
  • For additional information, refer to the Traveler Protocols.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of Liberia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Liberia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
    • Vaccines are subject to supply availability.
  • Which vaccines are available in Liberia?  AstraZeneca and/or Johnson & Johnson
  • The Ministry of Health reports COVID-19 vaccines are available at various facilities in Liberia:  Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet (Released August 3, 2021).  Monitor local news and the Ministry of Health website for updates and for the mobile unit location or contact the clinic or hospital directly for more details.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
    • Travelers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the traveler’s expense.  Refer to the Ministry of Health’s Travelers Protocols.
    • Incoming travelers will have a mandatory temperature check.
    • All passengers are required to wear a face mask while at the airport and wash their hands.
  • As of December 20, 2021, the Ministry of Health requires proof of vaccination upon entry to Liberia. Refer to the Traveler Protocols.
  • A negative COVID-19 test result is required to exit Liberia. Refer to the Ministry of Health’s Traveler Protocols. If the link to the online certificates does not work, cut and paste it into a browser (https://liberiacovidtravel.org/). Check with your airline for their testing requirements or requirements for your destination.
    • Only ticketed passengers will be allowed entry into the airport.
    • All passengers should arrive four hours before check-in time.
  • Residents and tourists in Liberia should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for questions regarding visa extensions. 

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?  No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No 

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  No
    • Refer to the Ministry of Health’s Traveler Protocols. Travelers whose entry COVID-19 test result is positive will undergo treatment based on Liberia’s case management guidelines. Travelers who test negative should self-quarantine for seven days and monitor their symptoms for a period of 7 days, beginning the day after arrival in Liberia

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes
    • Refer to the August 20, 2021, revised National Guidelines for requirements for using public transportation. 

Fines for Non-Compliance

The August 20, 2021, National Guidelines state that any person who violates the guidelines shall be, upon conviction, subject to a fine not exceeding $200 USD or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both fine and imprisonment. 

The Ministry of Health announced on December 29, 2021, that anyone found with a counterfeit COVID-19 travel certificate will be fined $250.  In addition, travel will be denied until new testing fees are paid, a negative result obtained, and the passport has been retrieved from the testing center.

Consular Operations

  • Routine services for U.S. citizens have resumed.  Visit the U.S. Citizen Services section of this website for details on services and appointment information.
  • Routine non-immigrant visa services are suspended.  A limited number of student visa and emergency appointments are available.
  • A limited number of DNA appointments are being scheduled. You will be contacted if your case can be scheduled.
  • Immigrant visa appointments have resumed.  For complete details of current visa processing, visit our visa page. 

Entering the United States: 

  • Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • As of November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. Refer to travel.state.gov.

Getting to Liberia:

  • If you plan to transit Europe en route to Liberia, refer to travel.state.gov for information on any restrictions that may apply to you. 

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