How Safe Is Liberia for Travel?

Liberia
Safety Index:
45

Liberia is a country located in West Africa and sharing its borders with Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d’Ivoire.

What’s interesting about Liberia is that it’s a country connected with the United States, as it was founded by freed black slaves during the pre-Civil War era in the 19th century.

In fact, it’s capital was named after James Monroe and it’s flag bears a resemblance to the U.S.A flag, reminiscent of the connections between Liberia and America back in the day.

Its biggest charm is its capital city, Monrovia, where, when you hit the town center, you can feel the real experience of a tropical capital, melting your clothes off.

And though it has its faults, Monrovia offers a few charming features of the real African capital.

It is lined with palm trees surrounding the city’s vibrant street vibe: you can spot street vendors selling second-hand clothes, charming collections of old DVD’s and even a few well-stocked supermarkets filled with Western Foods.

Warnings & Dangers in Liberia

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Liberia, in general, isn’t the safest place to visit, as it has high rates of both petty and violent crime. There have been reports of many thefts and robberies so remain vigilant at all times.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

It is advised that you avoid public transport in Liberia due to high levels of crime and armed robberies in crowded places such as bus or train stations, and on public transport as well. Always opt for hiring a taxi from a reputable company instead of hailing one on the streets.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpockets are common in Liberia, and you aren't safe anywhere, which is why it is essential that you don’t flaunt your possessions in public. Leave all your valuables at home and carry just enough money to suffice for the day. Follow your common sense and remain vigilant at all times, especially in public transportation and at crowded stations and places.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Liberia isn't a country of many threats when it comes to natural disasters. However, occasional floods, sea-erosion, storms, and fires hit the country.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : HIGH

Muggings and robberies are common in Liberia. Make sure your windows are closed when you’re driving around, as thieves are known to reach into your car and take whatever they need. If you find yourself surrounded only by youths, or if you see there’s no one in places that are usually crowded, such as bus stations, quickly run away.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

There haven't been any terrorist attacks in Liberia's recent history, but given the fact that there were attacks in Mali, Côte D’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, they can't be ruled out. Be vigilant at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

As in most destinations, and African countries, there’s a great risk of getting scammed. Be wary of people trying to distract you or offering you unwanted help, check your change twice and always negotiate every service beforehand.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH

If you are a female traveling solo, you should be aware that Liberia is extremely dangerous for a woman to walk around unaccompanied. Women are often targeted when alone on the streets, which is why you should avoid remote streets as much as you can, both during day and night. Stay out of the streets at night and be vigilant for any possible dangers at all times.

So... How Safe Is Liberia Really?

Liberia is a country of many dangers, from petty theft to violent crimes that can befall you whether you are walking or driving around.

Avoid walking around at night, but be aware that armed robberies can happen even during the day and the presence of people around you isn’t any kind of a guarantee.

When driving, make sure that your car doors are locked and your windows are up, as thieves may just reach into your car and grab the first thing they get their hands on.

Keep your windows up particularly in busy areas of Monrovia.

Rape and armed robbery are also common in Liberia.

Mamba Point and Sinkor in Monrovia are the places where thefts of more serious type occur as this is where foreigners tend to stay, and many of them have reported incidents of mugging, assault, and other crimes.

Foreign workers get attacked in their locals too, and hotels can become scenes of burglaries so make sure your doors and windows are locked shut.

West Point is one of the many slum areas in Monrovia but is definitely the most dangerous place in Liberia when it comes to diseases as well as crime.

As for diseases, tuberculosis, AIDS and other serious illnesses infect the vast number of residents living here, so be sure to avoid this place.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Most countries do not need a visa to enter Liberia. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past the planned date of your return. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Liberian dollar is the official currency in Liberia. You can find ATMs in Monrovia, but elsewhere it is advised that you rely on cash.
  • Weather - The climate in Liberia is tropical, characterized by humid heatwaves all year round, with a rainy season that lasts from May to October, due to the African monsoon. The rest of the year you can expect plenty of rainfall, except during the short dry season that lasts from December to February.
  • Airports - Roberts International Airport also referred to as Roberts Field, is the main and busiest international airport in Liberia. It is located near the town of Harbel, about 56 km outside of Monrovia.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we advise getting travel insurance when traveling to Liberia, because it would cover not only medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Liberia Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 22° C
Feb 22° C
Mar 19° C
Apr 16° C
May 13° C
Jun 9° C
Jul 10° C
Aug 13° C
Sep 17° C
Oct 19° C
Nov 20° C
Dec 21° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
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262624211814151721232424
Low
°C
18171411744913151617
High
°F
797975706457596370737575
Low
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646357524539394855596163

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23 Reviews on Liberia

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    Anonymous says:

    Liberia is totally safe and a place to be.

    1. My sister (American) traveled to Liberia by herself and loved it and felt very safe.

  2. Liberia Is A Nice Place

    Liberia Is A Nice Country When Your Talking About Africa

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    Anonymous says:

    yooo…I’m a foreigner and i’ve traveled to Liberia and lived there for a couple of years…It’s not as bad as this article makes it sound…

  4. safe

    If you thinking about a securest place to be,think about Liberia

  5. A
    Anonymous says:

    Got the full Liberian experience 10/10 would get pickpocketed again

  6. D
    Dawnannan says:

    I love Liberia it is Safe!

    Liberia is more safer than Sierra Leone and Guinea. Even Nigeria. Yes be careful with your phones and flashy things outside, but that is on every vacation anywhere. But Liberia is my favorite place to visit in the world othet than St. Vincent.

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    Anonymous says:

    Liberia-is,safeTell about your experience or leave a tip for others

  8. Liberia is beautiful and safe

    USA isn’t safe either especially when you’re skin color isn’t white. Chances you’d face racism and discrimination are 1000%.

  9. A
    Anonymous says:

    Um how is Liberia is safe?

  10. S
    Senceno says:

    Liberia is a beautiful place to live… Liberian are peace loving people in Africa,Liberian love foreigner then their own people

  11. M
    M. Kata says:

    5 Stars

    Liberia is a wonderful place. Best place in the world to vacation. Relaxing, slow-paced, beautiful beaches and great food. There is no more crime here than any other place in the world. You will enjoy it. I lived there 10 years.

    1. The worse country ever am a Kenyan citizen come here recently for an invite stayed six month planing to go this month but I have a lot of bad experience here I wish I didn’t come …I had good job left everything..in Qatar this country have only few friendly people all bad behaviours violence drungs fight if you want come in this poor country can wait to go back to Kenya

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    SWENTIAH TYRESE FRANK says:

    Tell about your experience or leave a tip for others
    I’m Liberia u need to always in keep your money at your front pocket or else passenger 57 will dupe you before you get to know it. And there are other group called Galaxy Boys be warn of then

  13. The real Liberia

    Stop saying what you know nothing about Liberia. I’m sure you haven’t stay in Liberia for about a year. Lib is the best place on earth, friendly people, beautiful girls, nice food, et.. Your country is 10000 times dangerous than Liberia bc everyday there’s a dead body in the streets, highly educated people can’t get job and sleeping in the street. You don’t find that in Liberia. Take this down about Liberia now please and stop scaring people who want to visit a beautiful country. There’s no racism in Liberia, police don’t kill people like they do in your country.

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    Niamat Khan says:

    Charles Taylor era damaged Liberia

    Well , last time I came in Liberia was 2003 and left in Jan-2006.
    Some of the comments above are really really harsh about Liberia.
    Majority is nice & friendly and one would love to interact with them.
    I am from Pakistan, I love Liberia and the Liberian people and always prayed
    for the betterment of this country. Look pre-war era, what happened to this
    once a resouce rich country (and it still is).
    The suffering of people was obviously the result of that. Now after the departure of Charles Taylor,Madam Elen Johnson improved a lot during her tenure. Gentleman Veah a prominent sport man from 2018 onward doing his best to raise standard of Liberian people.,
    With more funding to Liberia, it will further impove its infrastructure. I wish it should
    progress on more faster pace. I have lot of love & respect for Liberians. Comming
    for three months and I will really enjoy every minute of my stay in Monrovia. YES.
    All the best to Liberia & Liberians.

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    Anonymous says:

    almost got kidnapped

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    Ms. Neufville says:

    Learn the fact before put out misleading information

    It’s a shame that whoever wrote this article didn’t do their homework. Why put out these outrageous, untrue information? This is ridiculous! Liberia may not be the best but it is not as bad as it is described.

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