Probably one of the most ideal vacation you can ever have is some relaxing time by the beach. Can you just imagine relaxing by the gold, sandy shore as you watch surfers ride the Atlantic waves? Sounds inviting, right?
You can experience this and more when you visit Liberia, a country off the Atlantic coast and part of the African continent.
Liberia has come a long way since it was founded by freed slaves in the 1800s. It is now one of the most improved countries within the continent and is an underrated tourist hotspot with so many fun activities to offer everyone who wants to come to visit.
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If you want to know more about this country with a very interesting and unique origin, you can go ahead and plan a vacation as early as now!
First off, you’ll have to get a tourist visa to enter Liberia.
Quick Facts About Liberia
Country Code: +231
Currency: Liberian dollar (LBD)
Languages Spoken: English, Mande, Kru, Mel, and Gola
Emergency Numbers: 911 for Emergency
Requirements for Liberia Tourist Visa
- A copy of the application form signed and completed
- 2 standard passport size photos, taken within the last 6 months (no dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses must be worn when a photo is being taken unless it’s for medical reasons)
- A copy of your Yellow Book (International Certificates of Vaccination) showing you have immunization against yellow fever
- Self-addressed, prepaid envelope for the return of your documents (must be trackable mail like a priority, overnight, UPS, Royal Mail, CIBT, Key Travel, Diversity, etc.)
Step by Step Process in Applying for Liberia Tourist Visa
1. Gather all the necessary documents, including the form
2. Once you have everything, drop your application off to the nearest Liberian Embassy
3. Wait for your documents to be processed
4. Once processed, you may get your visa via post or by dropping off at the Embassy
Where to Submit your Liberia Tourist Visa
Embassy of the Republic of Liberia
23 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6EW
Telephone: +44 0207 388 5489
Email: [email protected]
Instagram and Twitter: @LibEmbassyUK
Facebook: Embassy of Liberia London, – Court of Saint James
Submission Schedule: Mondays to Fridays from 10:30 AM to 12 PM, 1 PM to 3 PM
Collection Schedule: Mondays to Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 12 PM, 1 PM to 4 PM
Fridays from 10:30 AM to 12 PM, 1 PM to 3 PM
Frequently Asked Questions About Traveling to Liberia
1. How long does it take for the Embassy to process my tourist visa?
The standard visa processing time goes for 7 working days, however, if you’d like to process your documents faster, there’s also an option for that. Just remember to reach out to the Embassy beforehand so they can accommodate you properly.
2. How much does it cost to apply for a tourist visa to Liberia?
Below are the rates for a visa:
Single-entry (1-3 months duration)= £60
Multiple-entry (6 months)= £120
Multiple-entry (1 year)= £240
3. How long is my tourist visa valid for?
As mentioned, single-entry visas can grant you a stay in Liberia anywhere from 1 to 3 months. As for multiple-entry ones, you can either go for 6 months or 1 year.
4. Can I have my visa application expedited?
The Embassy does have a rush visa service, but you’ll have to turn in your documents no later than 12 noon.
5. Is it safe to travel to Liberia?
Although the FCO doesn’t have any travel advice against visiting Liberia, it’s still important that you remain vigilant when you’re in the country.
Some ex-pats in Liberia say they feel safe when walking around town while the FCO says most visits to Liberia are incident-free. However, keep in mind that Liberia is still a developing country, and the occurrence of petty crimes can not be ruled out.
They also advise to do all the traveling during daylight hours and to avoid areas where there are very few people.
6. Should I get insurance when traveling to Liberia?
The FCO suggests that you take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance when visiting Liberia.
7. How do I get to Liberia from the UK?
You can get on a connecting flight to Liberia if you’re coming from the UK. A few airlines are operating direct flights to Liberia from major European and African cities.
There are 2 airports in Liberia, the James Sprigg Payne Airport in Congo Town and the Robertsport Airport in Harbel. These are both outside the capital, Monrovia.
If you’re coming in from other countries in Africa, you can enter the border Liberia shares with Sierra Leone which is open from 9 AM to 6 PM daily. There are also borders with Guinea and Ivory Coast.
8. How do I go around Liberia?
The easiest way is to ride a taxi. Liberia has tons of taxis operating everywhere in the country so you’ll have no problem hailing a ride. The fare prices are protected by the Transport Union as well, so you’re sure that you won’t get scammed.
If you want a more exclusive ride, you can also hire a self-drive or chauffeured car that is available in Monrovia.
9. Will it be easy to have my money exchanged in Liberia? Can I use my cards?
You can have your money exchanged at the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment in Monrovia. The good news is, this bank also has a Western Union office, so you can easily receive money transfers from your loved ones in case you run out of money during your trip.
You may not be able to use your credit card while in the country, but you can try withdrawing money from the few ATMs scattered in the country.
10. When is the best time for me to visit Liberia?
It depends on what you want to do. In general, the best time to visit Liberia is during the dry season, which runs from December to July.
However, if you’re a surfer who wants to try out riding the waves in Liberia, the best time to go is during the rainy season, which starts from May/June until around October. This is when the waves are bigger and are more ideal for surfing.
11. Why should I visit Liberia?
Granted, Liberia isn’t a developed tourist destination (and letting the Immigration officer know that you’re just there to explore might earn you some curious looks), but there are some wonderful things worth discovering in the world’s oldest republic.
Its main attraction is the surfing beaches off its coastal towns. These places are often labeled as some of the greatest yet lesser-known surfing destinations in Africa. Liberia is also known for its indigenous crafts like fabric and such so if you’re into that, you might score some great finds while in the country.
Of course, no trip to the African continent will be complete without exploring its natural beauty. There are quite a few interesting spots in Liberia like national parks, mountains, mangroves and more.
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