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The government of Libya currently doesn't have tourist visas due to the prevailing situation, but there are plans to introduce one.

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Libya Business Visa

Business visitors can enter Libya with this visa for any business-related pursuit. The visa allows you to attend meetings, honor invitations, pursue business opportunities, and more. Business visas are largely for short-term visits, so you are required to leave the country in or before your visa expires. A business visa is not a work visa and doesn't qualify you for employment in Libya.

Applicants must clearly explain the purpose of their visit and provide information to that effect. If they are coming at the behest of a host, there must be a letter of Invitation containing the host's personal information and the duration of their stay.

Port of Entry

Airports: Mitiga International Airport – Sebha International Airport – Benina International Airport.

Borders Crossing: All borders are closed

Seaports: Port of Tobruk – Port of Benghazi – Port of Derna – Port of Al-Braiga – Port of Tripoli – Port of Khoms – Port of Misratah.

Visa For a Non-Libyan Spouse

If you are married to a non-Libyan, you can get a temporary or permanent visa for your upcoming visits to Libya. While Libyan spouses only need a valid passport to visit the country, noncitizens can only visit without visas if they are from visa-exempt countries. 

The Libyan authorities will request a valid passport and a completed application form. The spouse in Libya may be a citizen or permanent resident, but they must provide an invitation letter containing sufficient information about themselves.

This visa varies depending on the applicant, and there isn't a fixed validity period. Holders of long-stay visas, like permanent or temporary visas, may stay with their spouse for up to a year or more, while short-term visitors can only stay for a few months. If their spouse is the sponsor, they will be responsible for their accommodation and upkeep during their visit.

Port of Entry

Airports: Mitiga International Airport – Sebha International Airport – Benina International Airport.

Borders Crossing: All borders are closed

Seaports: Port of Tobruk – Port of Benghazi – Port of Derna – Port of Al-Braiga – Port of Tripoli – Port of Khoms – Port of Misratah.

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    A visa is not required for this destination.

    Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for Tourist visa


    Additional steps you may take:
    • Check the current validity of your passport and the availability of blank visa pages

    • Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Libya

      Take advantage of our extensive embassy and consular database to find the nearest one. Upon contacting the embassy confirm the required documents, the time it takes to process the visa and whether the consulate accepts applications by mail.

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      Libya Visa Policy

      All visitors looking to visit Libya must obtain a visa unless they come from one of the countries on the visa-exempt list. This list changes frequently but consists of Schengen countries and most first-world countries. 

      A separate category of visitors can apply for visas once they arrive in Libya. However, they must come through approved air and sea routes as the borders with Algeria, Sudan, Niger, and Chad have been closed since the crisis broke out. While the borders are officially closed, they are controlled by local Toubou and Tuareg tribes, who decide who can enter and exit through points under their influence.

      Advise Against Trips To Libya

      The governments of the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, EU countries, and many other nations advise their citizens against traveling to Libya. They discourage trips even for essential reasons because of the volatile situation in the region where no single political entity holds sway in the region. There are frequent clashes between rival groups in the country, and robberies and kidnappings are rife.

      If you must visit Libya against your government's advice, please take all necessary precautions in advance.

      Libya Visa Exemption

      Libya has a visa exemption list that contains countries whose passport holders can enter without visas. The duration of visa-free days varies depending on the visitor's nationality and may range from 1-3 months. Upon arrival, the visitor must also hold a valid passport for at least one year. There are other conditions that the visitor must meet to qualify for visa-free trips. These conditions are not static but change over time, so your findings to know whether you qualify and the conditions.

      A visa is not required from persons holding a letter issued by ty immigration authorities of Libya confirming that a visa will be issued on arrival. Alternatively, visas are not required from holders of service, diplomatic and official passports from selected countries, mostly African countries including a few EU and Central Asian countries.

      Currency Exchange

      Due to the situation in the country, which has crippled the economy and most of its financial institutions, the Libyan Dinar has remained unstable or restricted in supply. So, therefore, all visitors must have at least $1000 in cash or its equivalent in debit or credit card upon their arrival. Those visiting residents in Libya have proof of sponsorship to cover their stay and traveling expenses. Those with a paid tourist package can hold cash if their visas are valid.

      Restrictions

      Nationals from some countries are restricted from entering Libya. For instance, citizens of Qatar are banned from entry unless they are transiting through designated airports en route to another country. If they enter through unapproved routes, they will be turned back. Apart from Qataris, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Bangladesh, Sudan, Yemen, and Israel citizens are not allowed to enter Libya.

      In the case of Israeli citizens, they are not even allowed to transit through any of the airports as international air travelers. Furthermore, transit passengers holding documents with Israeli stamps, seals, or visas or any evidence that they have entered Israel will be denied entry.

      Travel Information and Tips For Libya Visitors 

      The situation in Libya remains volatile, and most national governments advise their citizens against traveling to the country. However, if you must go, take the time to read out essential tips.

      Safety Tips

      Widespread fighting remains the order in Libya as different warlord factions continue to engage in bloody duels to take over the country. Different groups control different regions today. This means that no single political entity controls the entire country. The security situation remains unstable, and there are frequent cases of terrorist attacks, kidnapping, and rampant crime. Avoid traveling to Libya but if you must, monitor the situation through the media and seek professional advice from security experts. If you visit, speedily conclude your activity and return to your country as soon as possible.

      Avoid The Borders

      The surrounding borders with Chad, Algeria, Sudan, and Niger are very dangerous locations because rebel groups control them. Kidnapping for ransom is very high in these areas. Never travel through any of these land borders for your safety.

      Weather

      Libya experiences harsh weather for most part of the year due to its location in Northern Africa. Factor in the weather when planning your itinerary and wardrobe for the trip.

      Health Tips

      Infectious diseases are rife in the area, and they include Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, Cholera, Measles, Plague, and Typhoid. Only consume bottled water and don't swim in freshwater areas. Consult your doctor to know if you should take any vaccines to protect your health and boost immunity. Also, note that medical facilities are limited, and some have a short supply of medicines, so carry some of your medication, especially if you have a pre-existing condition. Also, travel with active medical insurance should you fall sick and require immediate evacuation. Mae sure your insurance covers all your needs.

      Local Laws

      There has yet to be an established law in Libya since the country's collapse, and there is no police presence in many areas. Laws are created by the warlords in the domains they control. Penalties for crimes and minor offenses are severe, and death or life sentences are common. Officials are known to seize foreigners' passports indiscriminately if they are involved in a dispute with another party, and the passport will not be released until the dispute is resolved. Illegal activities are rife in Libya, so be careful with who you deal with.

      Banned Activity

      Same-sex relationship is banned in most parts of Libya, and so is sex outside marriage. Same-sex relationships attract long jail terms. Alcohol consumption is also banned and attracts punishment. A child born to a Libyan father automatically becomes a Libyan, and they require their father's permission they must leave the country.

      Financial sufficiency

      Ensure you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses and increase your budget by up to 30%, as the basic items are quite expensive. If possible, book your return ticket before your trip to save cost. It is better to hold some of your money in cash as there are fewer banks and ATMs in the cities. Banking services are almost nonexistent in the interiors.

      Passport

      Make sure your passport will cover your stay in the country. Traveling through Libya with an expired passport is a crime.

      Libya e-Visa Online – Get your Libya e-Visa with VisaHQ

      If you are a citizen of another country and would like to visit Libya, you can do so as long as you enjoy visa-free entry or get a visa from any of the Libyan foreign missions. Libya has experienced strife ever since the Civil war broke out, but visitors can still enter the country but at great risk.

      Libya COVID-19 travel restrictions

      • Entry is partially open
        Libya's borders are open for travelers, with restrictions in place. Limited flights have resumed from Mitiga airport in Tripoli. Flights are now operating between Tunisia and Libya.
        Prior to arrival restrictions
        Valid passport. Valid national passport with at least 6 month remaining validity after the date of departure.
        Valid visa. Please see the instructions above if you need visa and apply.
        Negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival that is no older than 72 hours is required for all travelers.
        Upon arrival restrictions
        🏠Quarantine is required for all countries. Travelers need to undergo a 14 days quarantine in a designated facility.
        😷Masks are required in public spaces and transport.

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