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Reviewed: 15 October 2013, 14:32 NZDT
Still current at: 05 December 2013
There is high risk to security in Liberia due to the unpredictable security situation and violent crime and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.
Violent crime occurs throughout Liberia, and there is a high incidence of armed robbery, sexual assault and mugging. Walking alone or travelling after dark is not recommended and no resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery or mugging, as this could lead to an escalation in violence. Travellers should exercise particular caution in Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties, where armed criminal groups are reported to operate.
The Liberian police have a limited capacity to respond and provide effective protective services, particularly outside the capital. New Zealanders are advised not to travel to Liberia unless they have made adequate security arrangements with a reliable organisation in advance of their arrival.
The potential for civil unrest in Liberia is high due to on-going political and social tensions. New Zealanders in Liberia are advised to avoid all large crowds, political rallies and demonstrations as they have the potential to turn violent.
General Travel Advice
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Liberia, the ability of the government to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens is severely limited.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Liberia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Liberia are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.