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An expat guide on moving to Liberia

An expat guide on moving to Liberia

Living in Liberia

In March 2014 there was an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Liberia. Symptoms include chills, low-back pain, fatigue, diarrhoea, headaches, bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and rectum. AVOID contact with any persons exhibiting these symptoms.

Liberia Bomi Lake

Expat Clubs


Liberia Expats
Page for the expats working in Liberia
FB:  www.facebook.com/LiberiaExpats

International Schools 


American International School of Monrovia
Over 40 years ago -- with the arrival of a large expatriate community involved in everything from missionary work to mineral excavation -- a need arose to provide an education for expatriate children.  Thus, American Cooperative School came into being. Starting out with just a handful of students, ACS evolved into a school of over 600 students and was known as one of the top American-International schools in Africa. Shareholders of the school were, and continue to be, multi-national companies, members of the diplomatic community, and qualified local Liberians in search of a quality U.S. Education.
Curriculum: American
Address: Old Road, Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia, P.O. Box 1625
Tel: +231 777 818 775
Email: administration@aismonrovia.com
Website: www.aismonrovia.com
 
Light International School
Liberian - Turkish Light International School was established in October 2006 to provide an excellent and quality day and boarding education to children of Liberian and Foreign nationals within and outside Liberia.
The school is basically science - oriented with state of the art teaching and learning facilities. It is co-educational with excellent Day and Boarding Facilities.
Currently, almost 500 students from different countries attend the school.
Curriculum:
Address:  Airfield Shortcut, 24th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia
Tel: +231 886 88 2006
Email: info@lightschool.net
Website:  lightschool.net

Local News in English


Daily Observer
The Liberian Daily Observer is an independent daily newspaper printed and circulated nationwide on the ground in Liberia. It was founded by Kenneth & Mae Gene Best, Liberian entrepreneurs.
Website: www.liberianobserver.com
 
AllAfrica – Liberia
Website: allafrica.com/liberia  

Country Information 


Location:         Africa
Capital City:    Monrovia
Other Important Cities:         
Currency:        Liberian Dollar
Language:       English
Calling Code:   231
Internet TLD:   .lr
Electricity: The country runs on 120V 60Hz. Electricity is provided by the Liberia Electricity Corporation, a government-owned company that produces and distributes power in the country.
Address: P.O. Box 10-165, Monrovia, Liberia
Tel: +231 020 200 2396
Email: info@mtcoffeeliberia.com
Website: mtcoffeeliberia.com
 
Emergency Numbers:
Ambulance: 911
Fire: 911
Police: 911

Country Information
en.wikipedia.org

Embassy Information


embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/liberia

Residents Visa and Work Permit information


Citizens from most countries including the US, the EU and Australia must obtain a visa through a Liberian embassy or consulate to enter the country.
 
Documents required, but not limited to:
a. Applicant's Passport must accompany application and the passport must have at least 6 months left before expiration
b. Two (2) passport size photographs. (FULL Face view on White background)
c. Flight itinerary
d. Application for visa must be completed in duplicate.e. Self addressed prepaid USPS/FEDEX/UPS envelope with tracking number for return of passport (see mail restrictions)Mail or drop-off passport and all other documents listed above. Failure to include all items couldlead to delays in processing of your visa.
e. Certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination
Please refer to the Liberian Embassy in the US site for more information: www.liberianembassyus.org/index.php?page=consular
 
Expats wishing to stay longer in Liberia, beyond a tourist visa, they must apply for a temporary employment visa, through a Liberian embassy or consulate.

Accommodation


Expats are mostly concentrated within the capital, Monrovia. The area of Sinkor is the residential as well as commercial of all the districts within the capital. Major hotels and business including diplomatic missions of countries are located within this town. There are several residential communities like PLmkor, Jorkpentown, Fiamah, and Lakpazee. However accommodations in Liberia can be expensive with 1 bedroom apartments going from $1,000 to $1,500 per month and 3 bedroom apartments at $950 to $3,167 depending on the proximity to the city center. It is highly advised to arrange for accommodations prior to travelling to the country.

Driving License


Expats may use an international driving license to drive legally in Liberia. However, due to the current road infrastructures and loose traffic laws, driving in Liberia is hazardous. It is much more recommended to take a shared taxi to navigate within the city. Taking a taxi alone is also slightly dangerous as petty crimes are common.

Healthcare


The healthcare facilities in Liberia are extremely limited and poor in quality. Expats usually repatriate to their own countries or fly to neighbouring South Africa to seek treatment for major cases. It is therefore highly advised to take a comprehensive health insurance that can cover cost of repatriation and evacuation. Also, arrange legal transit to South Africa in case. Medication supply in the country is lacking so stock up on personal medicines before travelling. Take precautionary vaccination especially against Yellow Fever and Malaria as mosquito-borne illnesses are prevalent.
 
Hospitals
 
Saint Joseph´s Catholic Hospital
The Hospital has 141 beds distributed in different wards, 3 ICU beds, 4 operating rooms, 2 delivery rooms and 8 consultation rooms, and has 4 major clinical departments including Departments of Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pediatrics. They also do general checkup for employment, Visa applicants and personal preventive check-ups.
 
Address: Tubman Boulevard, Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia
Tel: +231 0886736888
Website: www.sjcatholichospital.com/
 
ELWA Hospital
Address: Robertsfield Highway, Paynesville, Monrovia, Liberia
Tel: +231 6 53 10 45
 
John F. Kennedy Medical Center Liberia
Address: Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia

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