released March 03, 2005, this information is current as of
Tuesday, May 31, 2005. Travel
Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that
Americans avoid a certain country.This Travel Warning is being
issued to update security information on Liberia. The Department
of State urges American citizens to consider carefully the risks
of travel to Liberia. This supersedes the Travel Warning of July
Overall, the situation in Liberia is improving slowly, but the
country has suffered from years of instability and conflict. Political
and social tensions remain high and could result in renewed but
sporadic violence and instability. By most measures, Liberia is
one of the poorest countries in the world and the nationwide unemployment
rate is very high. Foreigners, including Americans, are high-profile
targets for theft and armed robbery.
Notwithstanding UNMIL's deployment of 15,000 peacekeepers and
1,100 police advisors nationwide, the security situation remains
unpredictable. Sporadic demonstrations occur frequently and on
one occasion developed into rioting, looting, and deaths of Liberians.
Owing to the potential for violence, U.S. citizens should avoid
crowds, political rallies, street demonstrations, and any gathering
of security forces.
U.S. citizens in Liberia should be aware of their surroundings
at all times and use caution when traveling. Traveling alone or
after dark is strongly discouraged. Poor road conditions, especially
during the rainy season, and limited telecommunications limit the
U.S. Embassy's ability to provide assistance to U.S. citizens outside
the Monrovia area. American employees at the U.S. Embassy have
a strict midnight curfew, may not be in the Carey Street area after
dark, may not use commercial lodging, and may travel outside Monrovia
only under strict pre-approved conditions. Americans should report
any threats or suspicious activity to our Embassy in Monrovia and
monitor the local media for developments that may affect their
safety and security.
Americans should consider carefully the risks of travel to Liberia
at this time. Americans who remain in or travel to Liberia despite
this Warning should consider their personal safety while in Liberia;
register with the Embassy's Consular Section through the State
Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov;
and obtain updated information on travel and security within Liberia.
Americans without Internet access may register directly with the
nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The U.S. Embassy is located
at 111 United Nations Drive, Mamba Point, Monrovia, Liberia; tel.
(231) 226-370; fax (231) 226-148. U.S. citizens who wish to write
to the U.S. Embassy may address letters to the Consular Section,
8800 Monrovia Place, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC 20521-8800.
For additional information, consult the Department of State's Consular
Information Sheet for Liberia , on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.
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