Contract in Liberia

Contracting in Liberia - FAQ

What is the monthly cost of using an Umbrella Company in Liberia? 

USD 1000 per month


How long does it take to get a work permit in Liberia?

4+ months to get a work permit. A residents permit is required beforehand which takes 2-6 weeks. Both must be applied for in-country.

Contractors can enter on a Business visa and transfer onto a "Special Exit and Re-entry Permit" (USD $750) which takes typically 5 days to issue. It is valid for 1 year. 

The contractor is then allowed to carry out paid Consultancy Work for a maximum of 90 days. It is designed as a “bridge” to allow the contractor to deliver paid Consultancy work whilst a
Residency & Work Permit application are in process.

Residency and then a Work Permit can be applied during this “3 month bridging period.” 

What is the estimated net retention in Liberia for a contractor earning USD 500 per day?


What is the estimated net retention in Liberia for a contractor earning USD 1000 per day?


*doesn’t include fee for work permit or other immigration costs

More questions? See the rest of the FAQ for more information on the Liberia work permit process

Getting Started

Taking a contract in Liberia means tackling numerous administrative headaches. Before you even begin working as an independent contractor, there are complicated payroll, tax, and immigration issues to work out.

All this complex admin comes on top of any personal matters you need to sort, as well. Even worse, it can be a huge nuisance when you’re already in Liberia, trying to adjust to a huge relocation – and a new contract!

Streamlining even a few of these obstacles can dramatically improve your experience.

Luckily, there are ways to simplify more than just a few…

Freelance Liberia Requirements


One of your first hurdles will be securing the proper work permit. To get one, you usually need an employer to sponsor you. This means they take full responsibility for you while you’re working in the country.

That’s fine for full-time employees, but what about independent contractors?

Many clients won’t offer sponsorship for a temporary worker and, even if they do, you’ll need to apply for a new permit for each new contract. This creates a mountain of paperwork each time you want to work with a new client.


Additionally, you need to figure out what you owe (if anything) in taxes for your work in Liberia.

Of course, there’s also your country of tax residency; you’re likely to owe something on that front, too.

You can take advantage of certain tax structures, but doing so requires a strong familiarity with expat tax law in Liberia.

Benefits of working through an Umbrella Company in Liberia

You can outsource a lot of these admin problems to specialists at an Umbrella Company (or contractor management company).

An Umbrella Company basically becomes your full-time “employer,” even though you stay in control of your workload, clients, and schedule. The Umbrella Company simply collects and processes your payments, filtering out social security and any necessary fees.

They can also sponsor your work permit, meaning you get to take on new clients without the aggravation of applying for a new permit each time.

Even better, most specialise in tax law for contractors in Liberia and can ensure you’re keeping the largest amount of your earnings as possible. They can even assist you with reducing your tax liability back home.

In short, you get all the benefits of a working for an employer, without sacrificing your autonomy as a contractor.

How to get started with the right Umbrella Company

There’s a lot of Umbrella Companies out there; finding the right one for you can be daunting.

We’ve done the research on Umbrella Companies in Liberia, and know how to match contractors with the perfect company. If you’ve already secured a contract, get in touch with us and let us know your situation. We can get you started with the best Umbrella Company for you, or simply offer feedback on contracting in Liberia.

Oh, and we don’t charge anything. Drop us a line and get free, honest, simple advice.

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Additional FAQ - work permits & payroll


What documentation is required for a work permit in Liberia?

*update pending

What is the work permit process in Liberia?

The recommended process is as follows:

  1. Obtain a business visa from their local Liberian embassy (takes 1-5 working days). If there is no local Liberian embassy we can obtain an Airport Visa on Arrival - which must be approved *BEFORE* the time of travel (takes 5 working days & costs USD $575).
  2. When in Liberia apply for a Special Exit and Re Entry Permit (takes 5 working days).
  3. Apply for a Residency permit (takes 2-6 weeks)
  4. Apply for a work permit (takes 3-4 months)

Can you transfer from a business visa to a work permit in Liberia?


Can we organise a business visa for Liberia?


How long does it take to process a business visa in Liberia?

1-5 working days.

How much does a business visa cost in Liberia?

There is no cost for the Letter of Introduction (LOI) but the local Liberian embassy may levy a fee. This fee varies per embassy. 

If there is no local Liberian embassy an Airport Visa on Arrival can be used. It must be approved *BEFORE* the time of travel (takes 5 working days & costs USD $575).

Can nationals of certain countries enter Liberia without a business visa (ex. on an entry visa or visa waiver)?


No. A visa is required prior to entering Liberia.

This can be obtained from the Liberian embassy in their home country. If there is no local Liberian embassy we can obtain an Airport Visa on Arrival from Liberian immigration directly - which must be approved *BEFORE* the time of travel (takes 5 working days & costs USD $575). A faxed copy of this visa is required to board a flight to Liberia.


USD $3000 per month

How does payroll work in Liberia?


Tax and NASSCORP (National Social Security) of 7.5% (4% employer, 3.5% employee) is deducted at source and paid to the local authorities. In the case of someone working prior to being on a Work Permit, With-holding Tax at 15% would apply in lieu of personal income tax.

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