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Message for U.S. Citizens: Monrovia (Liberia), Lifting of the State of Emergency

On November 13, Liberia’s state of emergency, initially announced on August 6, was lifted.  At that time, border and weekly markets were allowed to re-open (unless they are near an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) hotspot) and authorities are making plans for the eventual opening of schools.  However, Liberia’s existing Public Health Law mandates that the following measures remain in effect:  

  • Curfew will run from midnight - six a.m.
  • Beaches are closed and will be patrolled to pre-empt large gatherings

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to remain vigilant.  Although we have seen improvements recently, the possibility of contracting and spreading the disease is still real. The risk to most travelers is low, but travelers could be infected if they come into contact with an ill person’s blood or body fluids, sick wildlife, or infected bush meat.

To obtain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas, or visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/travel&_caweb_querystring=followsFor more information on Ebola hemorrhagic fever, please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola. 

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Monrovia website. You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide CautionTravel WarningTravel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips. If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia is located 502 Benson Street, Monrovia, Liberia, and is open Monday – Thursday 0800- 1730 and Fridays 0800-1300; (Tel: 231 776 777 000). If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is: 077-677-7000 (press 1 at the prompt).

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