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In order to preserve, foster and maintain the positive Liberian culture, values and character, only persons who are Negroes or of Negro descent shall qualify by birth or by naturalization to be citizens of Liberia.

Any person, at least one of whose parents was a citizen of Liberia at the time of the Person’s birth, shall be a citizen of Liberia; provided that any such person shall upon reaching maturity renounce any other citizenship acquired by virtue of one parent being a citizen of another country. No citizen of the Republic shall be deprived of citizenship or nationality except as provided by law; and no person shall be denied the right to change. 

Liberia recognizes aliens in the following categories: Aliens with diplomatic status, Alien visitors, Alien crewman and Alien residents.

Aliens with diplomatic status: Ambassadors, public ministers, or career diplomatic or consular officers who have been accredited by a foreign government and other officials and employees who have been accredited by a foreign government recognized de jure by the Republic, who are accepted by the President or by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the members of their immediate families; also upon a basis of reciprocity attendants, servants, personal employees, with members of their immediate families of the officials and employees.

Alien visitors: An alien having a residence in a foreign country which has no intention of abandoning and who is visiting Liberia temporarily for pleasure or business not exceeding 60 days. An alien who is in immediate and continuous transit through Liberia.

 An alien crewman: serving in good faith as such in any capacity required for normal operation and service on board a vessel or aircraft, who intends to land temporarily and solely in pursuit of his calling as a crewman and to depart from Liberia with the vessel or aircraft on which he arrived or some other vessel or aircraft.

Alien residents, who are persons applying for admission or to remain in Liberia for a period up to a year and includes a person having a residence in a foreign country which he has no intention of abandoning, who is a bona fide student qualified to pursue a full course of study and who seeks to enter Liberia temporarily and solely for the purpose of pursuing such a course of study at an established institution of learning or other recognized place of study in Liberia. They can also be Professors, teachers, missionaries, merchants, or other persons entering for a period longer than 60 days to engage in business or practice professions or vocations, with their spouses and unmarried minor children

Professional, skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers who have contracts of employment with employers in Liberia, together with their spouses and unmarried minor children;

 Aliens who have been resident in Liberia for at least 15 years who are no longer employed or no longer engaged in a profession or a business or other activity as a means of earning a livelihood;

  • Persons whose entry is declared by the President to be in the national interest.
  • Immigrants, comprising parents, spouses, or children of Liberian citizens, or other acceptable persons, applying for admission with the intention of remaining in Liberia indefinitely and becoming Liberian 2

Any employee or class of employees of Liberia designated by the Attorney General individually or by regulation, to perform the functions of an immigration officer and work with the Liberia Immigration Service. …

An immigration officer shall have the power, if within the scope of his assigned duties to administer oaths; to take and consider evidence of or from any person or require by subpoena the attendance and testimony of witnesses and production of books, papers, and documents relating to the privilege of any person to enter, reenter, reside in or pass through Liberia or concerning any matter which is material and relevant to the enforcement of this title; where such action may be necessary, to make a written record of such evidence; to board and search any vessel, aircraft, railway car or other conveyance or vehicle in which he has reason to believe aliens are being brought into Liberia. …

Visa on Arrival (VoA) is issued at the port of entry in Liberia. The visitor admitted with VoA need to proceed to Liberia with a valid ‘Visa on Arrival Approval Letter.’

The VoA is given to visitors who may not be able to obtain visa at Liberia’s Missions or Embassies in countries of residence due to the absence of a Liberian mission or there is a urgency in meeting a business or work obligation in Liberia.

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To gain entry to Liberia one has to have official travel documents especially a passport of your country of origin. Documents issued by international organizations such as the UN, ECOWAS and AU. 

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