The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Liberia, except for those involved in the direct response to the Ebola outbreak, due to the narrow commercial options for flights and the impact of the outbreak on medical facilities.
An outbreak of Ebola virus has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern.’
After 3 weeks without any cases, Liberia confirmed a new case on 20 March. The World Health Organisation considers a country to be free of Ebola after 42 consecutive days without any new cases. For further details about this outbreak of Ebola, see the World Health Organisation website.
Although separate treatment facilities have been 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.
If you travel to Liberia, you should 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 should wish to leave. If you travel to Liberia to help in the relief effort, you should make sure that you are contracted to a reputable organisation that is able to provide the support and risk assessments required. Restrictions on travel in the region may make it difficult to leave, particularly at short notice.
On 22 February the Liberian government announced that it was reopening its borders and lifting a curfew that was imposed in August 2014. There are enhanced screening measures for both inbound and outbound travellers at airports. Some commercial airlines have suspended flights. There may be delays at Liberia’s land border crossings due to enhanced screening measures.
There have been some violent incidents associated with the Ebola outbreak. You should avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings of people.
Although the chances of being infected remain low, there are measures you can take to prevent catching Ebola. You should follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre.
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.
The small British Embassy in Monrovia can only offer limited consular assistance.
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