Liberia Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever 1
Eat Drink 4
malaria 3
Typhoid & Polio Yes
cholera 2


Medical care in the country cannot be compared to Europe and is often highly problematic in terms of technology, equipment and/or hygiene. There is a pronounced shortage of medical specialists. Medical care in Monrovia is currently very limited. In an emergency, only the UN Hospital or, if access is not available, a church hospital can be considered. Taking out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance is strongly recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way. Check directoryaah for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers over one year old. The vaccination certificate must be presented when applying for a visa. Exceptions are transit passengers who do not leave the airport in Liberia. The WHO strongly recommends vaccination against yellow fever, regardless of country regulations. [2] A certificate of vaccination against cholera is not an entry requirement, but there is a risk of infection. A valid certificate of vaccination against cholera, on the other hand, may occasionally be required – in deviation from the official regulations. Particular attention should be paid to this when arriving from a country with cholera and when entering the country outside of the capital’s international airport. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel. [3] There is a risk of malaria all year round in all parts of the country; the more dangerous form Plasmodium falciparum is predominant. Chloroquine and sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine resistance have been reported. [4] Nationwide there is an increased risk of infection for various infectious diseases that are transmitted through contaminated food or drinks (e.g. hepatitis A, typhoid fever, bacterial dysentery, amoebic dysentery, lambliasis, worm diseases). Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before it is used for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is unpasteurized and should be boiled. Only mix canned and dry milk with sterile water. Dairy products made from unboiled milk should be avoided. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled.

Other risks

Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in some ponds and rivers, so swimming and wading in inland waterways should be avoided. Well-maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Mosquito-borne dengue fever is most prevalent during and after the rainy season (May to October). Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is widespread and a great danger for everyone who takes risks of infection: unprotected sexual contacts, unclean syringes or needles and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. Epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis also occur. To protect yourself, you should get vaccinated and avoid large crowds. Sleeping sickness and filariasis occur. An effective mosquito repellent is recommended. Lassa fever occurs in Liberia. The transmission route to humans is through oral or inhalative contact with food or aerosols contaminated with rat urine. Rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tick ​​bite fever occurs nationwide.



1 Liberian dollar = 100 cents. Currency code: L$, LRD (ISO code). The currency is pegged to the US dollar (L$1 = US$1) and the following banknotes are legal tender: L$100, L$50, L$20, L$10 and L$5. The US dollar is also legal tender alongside the Liberian dollar.

Credit cards

Credit cards are not accepted.


Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Travelers checks are not accepted in Liberia.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 09.00-12.30. Some banks are also open on Saturdays.

Foreign exchange regulations

Import of national and foreign currency up to US$ 10,000 possible without restrictions, with higher amounts declaration obligation. Export of national and foreign currency up to US$ 7,500 without restrictions possible, for higher amounts declaration obligation. Larger amounts can only be exported by bank transfer or traveler’s check (no cash!). Violations result in heavy fines.

Currency Exchange

Money can be exchanged at the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment in Monrovia on the corner of Randall and Ashmun Streets, as well as at Forex offices and banks. It is advisable to take US dollars with you.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
LRD L$ 1 EUR = L$95.21
1 CHF = L$113.35
1 USD = L$91.55

Liberia Money