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All About the Liberia Visa
Do you intend to travel to the coastal West African nation of Liberia? You need a visa from the embassy to enter here unless you are a citizen of one of 14 countries in West Africa, which are visa-exempt.
Fortunately, there are various visit permits available for this destination, depending on your travel plans. You can obtain an entry pass that’s:
- Valid for 1 to 3 months and a Single Entry.
- Valid for 6 months and allows Multiple Entries.
- Or valid for 1 year and allows Multiple Entries.
The cost for these depends on your nationality, and you may also be able to fast track your application for an additional fee.
What’s more, if you’re already in Liberia and wish to increase your visa’s validity, it’s possible to extend your stay once for up to 60 days. You can do this by visiting the Liberian Immigration Office and paying a 25 USD fee.
In 2019, the Liberian government announced that it would introduce an eVisa system, although this is yet to be implemented. For now, you need to make an application at the embassy before you travel.
Although Byevisa.com cannot help you get a Liberian visa online, we have researched all the steps to get the entry pass from the embassy. This page explains the process, so read on to learn more!
What Is the Difference Between Liberia Visa-Exemption vs a Liberia Embassy Visa?
Liberia visa-exemption is where no travel document is required for entry. For Liberia, the visa-free countries are all also in West Africa and are:
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Côte d’Ivoire
- The Gambia
- Sierra Leone
Citizens of all other nations must get an entry pass at the embassy.
Liberia Visa Application Process
Here are the steps to apply for an entry permit to this West African nation:
- Getting a visa to visit here requires you to make a trip in person to the nearest Liberian embassy. You can locate this on our Embassies Finder page, and then give them a ring or drop them an email. It is usually really worthwhile contacting the Liberian embassy in advance to check if you need to make an appointment to visit.
- Usually, you can download and print a blank application form in advance, which you can then complete before going. The Liberian embassy in London, for example, asks for 2 copies of the form, so it’s good practice to take 2 accurately completed applications along.
- Once you are clear where the embassy is and when you need to go, simply attend with the filled-in application form, your supporting documents and the visa fee, which we explain later on this page.
- Applications are rarely processed while you are there, even if you pay an extra fee for fast-tracking, so expect to leave the application and your passport with the embassy. The staff will then process the visa and, once you have been granted permission to enter Liberia, the entry pass will be attached to a page in your passport.
- You will then need to return to collect your visa, usually in person. Check with the embassy when this is possible, as there may be restricted hours to do so. For example, the Liberian embassy in the UK is only open for visa collection on Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 2:00pm.
- If you can’t return in person for some reason, then raise that with the embassy staff issuing visas when you attend to submit your application. There might be a way of posting your passport back to you, including your Liberian travel permit.
Liberia Visa Requirements and Eligibility
If you do not come from one of the 14 specified visa-exempt countries listed above, then you need to apply for an entry pass at an embassy before travelling here.
In order to have your visa issued by the diplomatic mission in your country:
- You need to show where you are staying and for how long.
- You need to demonstrate why you are visiting.
- You need evidence of your travel arrangements in and out of the country.
- You must prove that you have the financial means to support yourself on your trip.
- You also require a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.
All of these requirements are covered in detail in the next section.
To make the application, you will need to have your physical passport with you. The US and UK government websites state that your passport only needs to be valid for the duration of your stay, but the Liberian embassy says that 6 months of validity is required. You should aim for your passport to have at least 6 months of validity beyond your date of arrival, just to be safe.
The Liberian embassy will take your passport, because the visa has to be physically added to a blank page, and the staff will make copies of your passport too.
Providing you have all of these documents, plus the means to pay for your application, then obtaining your entry permit to visit should be straightforward! Once your entry permit has been added to a page of your passport, you can enter the country.
Notably, if you’re crossing by land into Liberia from Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone or Guinea, there have been occasional reports of border control agents requesting money as well as the travel visa. The US travel advice suggests that asking for proper receipts for cash often ends this situation.
Liberia Visa Form and Documents
The application form is quite straightforward. It is usually a 1-page document, and you need to take 2 copies with you to your appointment at the embassy. The form asks for standard information that you would need for any visa application:
- Personal information:
- Date of birth
- Passport number
- Passport issue and expiry dates
- Marital status
- Gender etc.
- Contact information:
- Mobile phone number
- Email address
- Trip specific information:
- Purpose of your visit
- Date of arrival
- Length of stay
- Mode of travel
You also fill in whether you’re requesting a Single Entry or a Multiple Entry visa.
Other Supporting Documents Needed
At your appointment, you will need a number of other documents with you, alongside your filled-in application form and passport. To support your application, you will need to bring along:
- Proof of your flight reservations and your accommodation booking.
- 2 passport-sized photographs:
- 35 mm x 45 mm on a white background.
- Taken in the last 3 months.
- Passport standard, so centred, without glasses and without smiling.
Don’t fix the photos to any form with adhesive or staples.
- A letter stating the purpose of your trip, and the name of your employer or host:
- This does not have to be long, but make sure you address it to the Embassy of Liberia in your country, explaining the purpose of your trip, and your dates of travel.
- You should also detail the cities you’ll visit, and your place of accommodation.
- Your letter must be original, must be dated, and must bear your signature as the applicant.
- Proof of your financial status while in Liberia is also usually required:
- Take along a printed bank statement from the last 3 months, demonstrating that you have the financial means to support yourself while travelling here.
- The usual standard for UK travellers to Liberia, for example, is a credit balance of at least 35 GBP (47 USD) per day for the intended stay.
- If your visit is connected with work rather than tourism, then you will need to demonstrate this and provide recent business invitation letters.
When you go to Liberia, all of these supporting documents (except the photographs, which will have already been used) are worth carrying with you.
Finally, at the embassy, make sure that you have the money with you to pay for your application. You do this when you apply, rather than when you receive the travel permit.
The prices are detailed below. Fortunately, major Liberian embassies like the one in London accept card payment as well as cash. Importantly, though, check the fees and the payment means accepted before you go to the embassy, as sometimes these things can change.
How Much Is a Liberia Visa?
The fee varies depending on the citizenship of the applicant and the length of stay. The fees charged by the Liberian Embassy in the UK provide an outline for UK, Schengen, and other citizens as follows:
|Single Entry 1-3 months||60 GBP (80 USD)||75 GBP (100 USD)||45 GBP (60 USD)|
|Single Entry 1-3 months fast track||80 GBP (107.50 USD)||100 GBP (135 USD)||60 GBP (80 USD)|
|Multiple Entry 6 months||120 GBP (160 USD)||150 GBP (200 USD)||80 GBP (107.50 USD)|
|Multiple Entry 6 months, fast track||160 GBP (215 USD)||200 GBP (270 USD)||125 GBP (170 USD)|
|Multiple Entry 1 year||240 GBP (320 USD)||300 GBP (400 USD)||140 GB (190 USD)|
|Multiple Entry 1 year, fast track||320 GBP (430 USD)||400 GBP (540 USD)||200 GBP (270 USD)|
This is a price guide based on Liberia’s UK diplomatic mission. Check with your own Liberian Embassy for accurate figures for your nationality.
Liberia Visa Status Check
You can only enquire about the status of your application by calling the consular section or contacting them by email, rather than by checking online. Obviously, you do this with the embassy or consular office where you applied.
Leave it for 7 working days before you do this, as this is the standard processing time. If possible, take down the name of the person who you spoke to at the Embassy while you were there, and address any queries to them. They will be more familiar with you and your application.
More Liberia Visa Questions and Information
By now you should know everything you need to obtain your entry pass to get into Liberia! We’ve compiled the following Frequently Asked Questions to help you even more. Just use the drop-down menu below.
- Proof of accommodation
- Flight reservations
- Bank statements
- Yellow fever vaccination certificate
Visa extensions are done at the Registration Section of the Liberian Immigration Office at Gbarngaye’s Town, 24th Street, Sinkor. This facility is open from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday.