Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office no longer advise against all but essential travel to Liberia. You should check this travel advice carefully before planning travel to Liberia. You should continue to practice enhanced precautions against infection by Ebola.

The World Health Organisation declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia on 9 May 2015, meaning 42 days (double the maximum known incubation period for the disease) had passed since the last Ebola patient was buried. However, on 30 June the Liberian government confirmed that a patient had died of Ebola in Nedowein, Margibi County on 24 June. A further 4 cases of Ebola have since been confirmed among those known to have had close contact with the patient.

Efforts to trace the patient’s contacts continue, and the Liberian authorities and the World Health Organisation are investigating the origins of this case. It’s not yet clear how this individual became infected, or whether there is renewed community transmission of Ebola in Liberia.

Although the chances of being infected remain low, there are measures you can take to prevent catching Ebola. Follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Getting medical care in Liberia may be difficult because the health infrastructure has been severely strained by the Ebola outbreak. Although separate treatment facilities were set up to respond to the Ebola outbreak, general medical facilities throughout Liberia are unable to provide the same standard of healthcare as in the UK. Many medical facilities expect to be paid up-front for treatment.

On 22 February 2015, the Liberian government announced that it was reopening its borders and lifting a curfew that was imposed in August 2014. Enhanced screening measures for both inbound and outbound travellers remain in place. There may be delays at Liberia’s land border crossings due to enhanced screening measures.

If you travel to Liberia, stay in contact with your employer or host organisation about the support that they can provide to you while you’re in the country, and if you wish to leave. If you travel to Liberia to help in the relief effort, make sure that you are contracted to a reputable organisation able to provide the support and risk assessments required. Restrictions on travel in the region and narrow options for commercial flights may make it difficult to leave, particularly at short notice.

There have been some violent incidents associated with the Ebola outbreak. You should avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings of people.

If you’re travelling to the UK within 21 days of a visit to Liberia or any other Ebola-affected country, you should make yourself known to UK Passport Control to be screened. For further details about the screening process, see the Public Health England website.

If you’re concerned that you might have been exposed to, or showing symptoms of Ebola, you should seek immediate medical advice. If you’re in the UK call NHS on 111.

Avoid travelling at night outside Monrovia, except to or from Roberts International Airport. Make sure you have pre-arranged transport from the airport. See Crime and Road Travel

The small British Embassy in Monrovia can only offer limited consular assistance.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.