Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.
Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.
Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
Valid at time of entry
One page per entry stamp
Passports and Visas:
Passports and visas are required for all U.S. citizens traveling to Libya.
Business Visas: Obtain an invitation from or sponsorship by a company operating in Libya. U.S. citizens who apply for Libyan business visas often experience significant delays, regularly waiting several weeks or months for their visas.
Dual Citizens: U.S.-Libyan citizens need valid passports from both countries.
U.S. citizens must enter and exit the United States using their U.S. passport, and Libya requires Libyan citizens to use their Libyan passports when entering and exiting Libya.
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya, as the security situation in Libya remains unpredictable and unstable. If in Libya, make contingency emergency plans and maintain situational awareness at all times.
Carry proof of citizenship and valid immigration status at all times.
Violent extremist activity in Libya remains high, and extremist groups may target U.S. government officials, citizens, and interests in Libya.
Recent terrorist attacks have occurred in the border region, where extremists have kidnapped Westerners. Please note the travel warnings for neighboring countries, Algeria, Tunisia, Chad, Niger, and Sudan.
Fighting between armed groups and government forces occurs in Tripoli and other urban areas.
Avoid protests and demonstrations, as they can escalate into violence.
Militia-controlled checkpoints are common, including in many parts of Tripoli.
Militia groups sometimes detain travelers for arbitrary or unclear reasons, without access to a lawyer or legal process. The Department of State has extremely limited capacity to assist U.S. citizens who are detained by militia groups.
Airports, seaports, and roads can close with little or no warning.
Violence against civilian commercial interests has escalated, creating serious safety concerns for maritime vessels and their crews. The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on January 7, 2015, that all vessels in Libyan waters require LNA approval for transit.
U.S. mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting in or near Libyan territorial waters.
Vessels are advised to proceed with extreme caution when approaching all Libyan oil terminals and ports. Follow the recommendations in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Port Security Advisory 1-14 issued April 1, 2014.
Check the U.S. Coast Guard Homeport Website for Port Security Advisory Updates and the NGA Broadcast Warnings Website (select “Broadcast Warnings”) for any special warnings or Maritime Administration Advisories.
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Crime levels and the threat of kidnapping remain high.
Crimes of opportunity are commonplace, particularly against people who appear to be wealthy or of foreign nationality.
Do not buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may be breaking local law.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the closest U.S. Embassy for assistance.
While some health care providers have been trained in the United States or Europe, basic modern medical care and/or medicines may not be available in Libya. Many Libyan citizens prefer to be treated outside Libya for serious medical conditions.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Libyan Embassy in Washington, D.C. to ensure the medication is legal in Libya. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
You may be detained for questioning if you do not have your passport with you.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask for police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
If you are detained, you may be detained indefinitely with no rights to a trial or access to an attorney. The Department of State may not be notified of your detention, and Department of State officials cannot visit detainees due to security reasons. Since most law enforcement is currently performed by militias, there is no clear legal process to be navigated. During your detention, you may not be provided with basic toiletries or appropriate nutrition.
Faith-Based Travelers: Proselytizing is illegal in Libya. Penalties are severe. In addition to possibly facing the death penalty, proselytizers may be the target of extra-judicial killings.
See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: Same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in Libya. Penalties include fines or jail time. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights Report for further details.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Few public facilities have adequate access for persons with physical disabilities.
ROAD CONDITIONS: U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions in Libya that differ significantly from those in the United States.
Driving in Libya:
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT:
Most international airports are closed in Libya, and flights out of operational airports are sporadic and may be cancelled without warning. The United States is very concerned about the targeting of commercial transportation in Libya. The U.S. government prohibits U.S. commercial aviation operations within Libyan airspace.
As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Libya, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Libya’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.