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Last Updated: December 7, 2016

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately. On July 26, 2014, the U.S. Embassy suspended all embassy operations in Libya and relocated staff outside of th

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately. On July 26, 2014, the U.S. Embassy suspended all embassy operations in Libya and relocated staff outside of the country because of violence between Libyan militias.  The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli remains closed, and the security situation in Libya remains unpredictable and unstable. U.S. citizens in Libya should make contingency emergency plans and maintain situational awareness at all times. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued on June 9, 2016.

On July 26, 2014 the U.S. Embassy suspended operations in Libya. The Department of State has extremely limited capacity to assist U.S. citizens in Libya.

Please direct inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in Libya to LibyaACS@state.gov.  Callers in the United States and Canada may dial the toll free number 1-888-407-4747. Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial 1-202-501-4444.

Recent worldwide terrorism alerts, including the Department of State’s Worldwide Caution, have stated that extremist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in the Middle East region, including Libya.

Tripoli and other cities have witnessed fighting between armed groups and government forces as well as terrorist attacks. Hotels frequented by westerners have been caught in the crossfire.  Militia controlled checkpoints are common.  Militia groups sometimes detain travelers for arbitrary reasons, do not grant detainees access to a lawyer or legal process, and do not allow detainees to inform others of their status. U.S. citizens should carry proof of citizenship and valid immigration status at all times but be aware that these documents do not guarantee fair treatment. The Department of State has extremely limited capacity to assist U.S. citizens who are detained in Libya.

Most international airports are closed, and flights out of operational airports are sporadic and may be cancelled without warning. On December 23, 2016 an airplane traveling from Sabha to Tripoli was hijacked and diverted to Malta by armed men threatening to blow up the plane.  The U.S. government is very concerned about the targeting of commercial transportation in Libya, and prohibits U.S. commercial aviation operations within Libyan airspace.  Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Libya, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For further background information regarding FAA flight advisories and prohibitions for U.S. civil aviation, U.S. citizens should consult Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Seaports and roads can also close with little or no warning. Violence in Libya against civilian commercial interests raises serious concerns about the safety of 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, following the January 4, 2015 bombing of a Greek-operated oil tanker that killed two crewmen near Derna, Libya. Vessels are advised to proceed with extreme caution when approaching all Libyan oil terminals and ports.  Mariners planning travel to Libya should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts.  Updates may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings website (select “broadcast warnings”) advisories. 

Violent extremist activity in Libya remains high, and extremist groups have made threats against U.S. government officials, citizens, and interests. Threats against U.S. citizens may include murder or kidnapping. ISIL claimed responsibility for two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices in Tripoli in September 2016. 

U.S. citizens should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests, as even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Crime levels in Libya remain high, including the threat of kidnapping for ransom.

If travel in the desert or border regions of Libya is critically necessary, exercise caution and comply with local regulations. Terrorist organizations, including Islamic State-affiliated groups and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, continue to threaten the region.  Recent terrorist attacks have occurred in the border region, where extremists have kidnapped Westerners, most recently two Italians and a Canadian citizen in September 2016. Please note the travel warnings and alerts for neighboring countries, Algeria, Tunisia, Chad, Niger, and Sudan.

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Embassy Messages

Tripoli

 

Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

One page per entry stamp 

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

 

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

 

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Tunis

North East Zone
Les Berges du Lac
1053 Tunis, Tunisia
Telephone:+(216) 71-107-000, press 0 and ask for the Libya Office consular officer.
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(216)  58 575 409
Fax: +(216) 71-964-360
Email: LibyaACS@state.gov

Inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in Libya may be directed to the Department of State’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services. Callers in the United States and Canada may dial the toll free number 1-888-407-4747. Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial 1-202-501-4444.  

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Libya for information on U.S. – Libya relations. 

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Passports and Visas:

Passports and visas are required for all U.S. citizens traveling to Libya. 

  • The Department of State cannot provide assistance to U.S. citizens seeking Libyan visas.
  • The Government of Libya does not allow persons with passports bearing an Israeli visa or entry/exit stamps from Israel to enter Libya.
  • All visa applications are vetted by Libyan authorities and are only issued by the appropriate Libyan Embassy upon receipt of approval by the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  •  Contact the Libyan Embassy in Washington, D.C. for information on visa application procedures.  
  • Visas for U.S. passport holders are not available at the port of entry.  Do not use a tourist visa to enter Libya for business purposes, or you risk arrest.

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.

Entry/Exit Requirements:

  • Libya’s land borders with Egypt and Tunisia are subject to periodic closures.  Short-term closures of other land borders may occur with little notice.
  • Within three days of arrival in Libya, visitors must register at the police station closest to where they are residing.
  • Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors and foreign residents of Libya. Please verify this information with the Libyan Embassy in Washington, D.C. before you travel.
  • For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.
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Safety and Security

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. 

Terrorist Threats:

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:

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.

Maritime Security:

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:  

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.

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

CRIMINAL PENALTIES:  You are subject to local laws.  If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

You may be detained for questioning if you do not have your passport with you.  

  • It is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings, especially military and government facilities.  
  • Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Libya are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
  • Driving under the influence can result in immediate detention.  Alcohol is also prohibited in Libya, and possessing, using, or trafficking in alcohol can carry severe penalties.
  • Libyan customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning the introduction into Libya or removal from Libya of firearms, religious materials, antiquities, medications, and currency.
  • The importation and consumption of alcohol, pornography, and pork products are illegal in Libya.
  • Please see our Customs information.

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.  

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Currency: 

  • Libya's economy operates on a “cash-only" basis for almost all transactions.  
  • Some hotels, restaurants, and major airlines accept credit cards (Visa is accepted more often than MasterCard).  
  • Consult your banking institution prior to travel to ensure that transactions from Libya can be accepted.  
  • ATM availability and functionality are sporadic and banks often operate at erratic hours.  Even when banks are open, they often lack local and foreign currency.  
  • Penalties for use of unauthorized currency dealers are severe.  
  • A number of Libyan entities have assets frozen by economic sanctions. For further information, please contact the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department. 

Dual Nationality:

  • U.S. citizens of Libyan origin may also be subject to laws that impose special obligations on Libyan citizens.  
  • The Government of Libya considers all children born to Libyan fathers to be Libyan citizens, even if they were not issued a Libyan birth certificate or a Libyan passport.  
  • Dual Libyan-American nationals may not enter or leave Libya on their U.S. passports and must obtain a Libyan travel document before traveling to Libya.  
  • Persons with dual nationality who travel to Libya on their Libyan passports are normally treated as Libyan citizens by the local government.  
  • The U.S. Department of State’s ability to provide U.S. consular assistance to those traveling on Libyan passports is extremely limited.
  • For additional information, please see our information on dual nationality.

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.

Student Travelers: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

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.

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Health

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.  

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Travel and Transportation

ROAD CONDITIONS:  U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions in Libya that differ significantly from those in the United States.  

Driving in Libya:

  • Traffic laws are rarely enforced,  and there is a high accident rate.
  • Wind-blown sand can reduce visibility without warning.  During the periodic rainstorms, roads will flood.
  • Road conditions are poor, and public transportation is limited.
  • Taxis are available, but many taxi drivers are reckless and untrained.  English-speaking drivers are extremely rare.
  • Paved roads in rural areas are satisfactory; however, many rural roads are unpaved.
  • Roadside assistance is extremely limited and offered only in Arabic. 
  • Very few streets are marked or have signage, and highway signs are normally available only in Arabic.
  • Please refer to our Road Safety Overseas page for more information.

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.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Tunis

North East Zone
Les Berges du Lac
1053 Tunis, Tunisia
Telephone:+(216) 71-107-000, press 0 and ask for the Libya Office consular officer.
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(216)  58 575 409
Fax: +(216) 71-964-360
Email: LibyaACS@state.gov

Inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in Libya may be directed to the Department of State’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services. Callers in the United States and Canada may dial the toll free number 1-888-407-4747. Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial 1-202-501-4444.  

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General Information

Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US

Learn how to respond to abductios TO the US

On July 26, 2014, the U.S. Government suspended all embassy operations in Libya and relocated staff outside of the country. The Department of State has extremely limited capacity to assist U.S. citizens in Libya. 

Inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in Libya may be directed to the Department of State’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services. Callers in the United States and Canada may dial the toll free number 1-888-407-4747. Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial 1-202-501-4444. 

For information concerning travel to Libya, including information about the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Libya.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA). The report is located here.

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Hague Abduction Convention

Libya is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Libya and the United States concerning international parental child abduction. 

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Return

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Libya and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

The Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children's Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction. For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children's Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child. The Office of Children's Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.

Contact information:

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website:  travel.state.gov
Email: MiddleEastIPCA@state.gov  

Parental child abduction may be considered a crime in Libya depending on the circumstances surrounding the child's removal. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney in Libya to determine if their particular case qualifies as a crime under Libyan law.

Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court. Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information. 

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Visitation/Access

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Libya and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.

The Office of Children's Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States.  Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy for information and possible assistance.

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Retaining an Attorney

Neither the Office of Children's Issues nor consular officials assisting U.S. citizens in Libya at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia are authorized to provide legal advice.

The website for the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya contains a list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law. This list was prepared before the suspension of operations and may not provide current information.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

Mediation in Libya is voluntary. The U.S. government is not aware of any government agencies or non-governmental organizations that offer mediation services for custody disputes inside Libya at this time.

We strongly discourage taking matters into your own hands. The measures could be illegal and may delay your child’s return. Attempts to re-abduct your child from the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts you might wish to make in the United States; and
  • Could even result in your arrest and imprisonment.

Finally, there is no guarantee that the chain of abductions would end with the one committed by you. A parent who has re-abducted a child may have to go to extraordinary lengths to conceal his or her whereabouts, living in permanent fear that the child may be re-abducted yet again.

If you are contemplating such desperate measures, we advise you to consider the emotional trauma inflicted on a child who is a victim of an abduction and a re-abduction. We discourage re-abduction not only because it is illegal, but also because of possible psychological harm to the child.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Libya is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Libya did not change.

The Department of State does not maintain files on the adoption process in Libya because adoptions from Libya are rare; fewer than five adoptions by American citizen parents have taken place since 2000. Please visit the Department's Country Specific Information sheets for more information on travelling to Libya and the U.S. Embassy Tripoli website for information on consular services.

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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
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Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months
A-2 None Multiple 3 Months
A-3 1 None One 12 Months
B-1 $10.00 One 3 Months
B-2 $10.00 One 3 Months
B-1/B-2 $10.00 One 3 Months
C-1 $6.00 One 1 Month
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None One 1 Month
C-3 None One 1 Month
CW-1 11 None One 1 Month
CW-2 11 None One 1 Month
D None Multiple 12 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None One 1 Month
F-1 None One 12 Months
F-2 None One 12 Months
G-1 None Multiple 12 Months
G-2 None One 12 Months
G-3 None One 12 Months
G-4 None One 12 Months
G-5 1 None One 12 Months
H-1B $8.00 One 1 Months 3
H-1C $8.00 One 1 Months 3
H-2A $8.00 N/A N/A 3
H-2B $8.00 N/A N/A 3
H-2R $8.00 One 1 Months 3
H-3 $8.00 One 1 Months 3
H-4 $8.00 One 1 Months 3
I $8.00 One 3 Months
J-1 4 None One 12 Months
J-2 4 None One 12 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None One 6 Months
K-4 None One 6 Months
L-1 $8.00 One 1 Month
L-2 $8.00 One 1 Month
M-1 None One 12 Months
M-2 None One 12 Months
N-8 None One 12 Months
N-9 None One 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
O-2 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
O-3 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
P-1 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
P-2 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
P-3 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
P-4 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
Q-1 6 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
R-1 $8.00 One 1 Month
R-2 $8.00 One 1 Month
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None One 3 Months
V-2 None One 3 Months 8
V-3 None One 3 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Please check back for update

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available. To obtain a Libyan birth certificate, non-national applicants must send all pertinent information (including name, date and place of birth, and full names of parents) to their respective Embassy in Tripoli. That Embassy will then make a formal request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to obtain the certificate from the appropriate municipality. Libyan applicants, or a friend or relative of the applicant, must appear in person at the appropriate municipality office.

Death/Burial Certificates

Please check back for updates. 

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available. Non-national applicants must follow the same procedures as for birth certificates. Libyan applicants, or a friend or relative of the applicant, must appear in person at the appropriate Sharia (Moslem religious) court.

Divorce Certificates

Unavailable for non-nationals. Available for Libyans. See Marriage Certificate for procedures.

Adoption Certificates

Please check back for update

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police and Prison Records

A "Criminal Status Certificate," issued by the Criminal Identification Department of the General Administration for Criminal Investigation of the General People's Committee for Public Security, is available to residents of Libya. The individual must submit an application with two 2 photographs and proof of residency to his/her local neighborhood People's Security Office for a minimal fee (currently LD 3-5). The certificates are not available to former residents or to non-residents.

Military Records

Please check back for update

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents for Palestinian Refugees resident in Libya, meet the requirements of INA 101(a)(30).

Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Consulate General of the United States
Consular Section
8, Blvd Moulay Youssef
Casablanca, Morocco 20000

Telephone: (212) 522-26-45-50

Fax: (212) 522-20-80-97

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas for Libyan nationals are processed at the U.S. Embassy in Casablanca.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 994-9601 (202) 944-9606

New York, NY (212) 752-5775 (212) 593-4787

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Tunis
North East Zone
Les Berges du Lac
1053 Tunis, Tunisia
Telephone
+(216) 71-107-000, press 0 and ask for the Libya Office consular officer.
Emergency
+(216) 71-964-360
Fax
No Fax
Libya Country Map

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Libya
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Embassy Messages

Tripoli

 

Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

One page per entry stamp 

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

 

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

 

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Tunis

North East Zone
Les Berges du Lac
1053 Tunis, Tunisia
Telephone:+(216) 71-107-000, press 0 and ask for the Libya Office consular officer.
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(216)  58 575 409
Fax: +(216) 71-964-360
Email: LibyaACS@state.gov

Inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in Libya may be directed to the Department of State’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services. Callers in the United States and Canada may dial the toll free number 1-888-407-4747. Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial 1-202-501-4444.  

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Libya for information on U.S. – Libya relations. 

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Passports and Visas:

Passports and visas are required for all U.S. citizens traveling to Libya. 

  • The Department of State cannot provide assistance to U.S. citizens seeking Libyan visas.
  • The Government of Libya does not allow persons with passports bearing an Israeli visa or entry/exit stamps from Israel to enter Libya.
  • All visa applications are vetted by Libyan authorities and are only issued by the appropriate Libyan Embassy upon receipt of approval by the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
  •  Contact the Libyan Embassy in Washington, D.C. for information on visa application procedures.  
  • Visas for U.S. passport holders are not available at the port of entry.  Do not use a tourist visa to enter Libya for business purposes, or you risk arrest.

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.

Entry/Exit Requirements:

  • Libya’s land borders with Egypt and Tunisia are subject to periodic closures.  Short-term closures of other land borders may occur with little notice.
  • Within three days of arrival in Libya, visitors must register at the police station closest to where they are residing.
  • Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors and foreign residents of Libya. Please verify this information with the Libyan Embassy in Washington, D.C. before you travel.
  • For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.
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Safety and Security

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. 

Terrorist Threats:

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:

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.

Maritime Security:

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.

For further information:

CRIME:  

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.

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

CRIMINAL PENALTIES:  You are subject to local laws.  If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

You may be detained for questioning if you do not have your passport with you.  

  • It is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings, especially military and government facilities.  
  • Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Libya are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
  • Driving under the influence can result in immediate detention.  Alcohol is also prohibited in Libya, and possessing, using, or trafficking in alcohol can carry severe penalties.
  • Libyan customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning the introduction into Libya or removal from Libya of firearms, religious materials, antiquities, medications, and currency.
  • The importation and consumption of alcohol, pornography, and pork products are illegal in Libya.
  • Please see our Customs information.

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.  

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Currency: 

  • Libya's economy operates on a “cash-only" basis for almost all transactions.  
  • Some hotels, restaurants, and major airlines accept credit cards (Visa is accepted more often than MasterCard).  
  • Consult your banking institution prior to travel to ensure that transactions from Libya can be accepted.  
  • ATM availability and functionality are sporadic and banks often operate at erratic hours.  Even when banks are open, they often lack local and foreign currency.  
  • Penalties for use of unauthorized currency dealers are severe.  
  • A number of Libyan entities have assets frozen by economic sanctions. For further information, please contact the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department. 

Dual Nationality:

  • U.S. citizens of Libyan origin may also be subject to laws that impose special obligations on Libyan citizens.  
  • The Government of Libya considers all children born to Libyan fathers to be Libyan citizens, even if they were not issued a Libyan birth certificate or a Libyan passport.  
  • Dual Libyan-American nationals may not enter or leave Libya on their U.S. passports and must obtain a Libyan travel document before traveling to Libya.  
  • Persons with dual nationality who travel to Libya on their Libyan passports are normally treated as Libyan citizens by the local government.  
  • The U.S. Department of State’s ability to provide U.S. consular assistance to those traveling on Libyan passports is extremely limited.
  • For additional information, please see our information on dual nationality.

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.

Student Travelers: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

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.

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Health

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.  

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Travel and Transportation

ROAD CONDITIONS:  U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions in Libya that differ significantly from those in the United States.  

Driving in Libya:

  • Traffic laws are rarely enforced,  and there is a high accident rate.
  • Wind-blown sand can reduce visibility without warning.  During the periodic rainstorms, roads will flood.
  • Road conditions are poor, and public transportation is limited.
  • Taxis are available, but many taxi drivers are reckless and untrained.  English-speaking drivers are extremely rare.
  • Paved roads in rural areas are satisfactory; however, many rural roads are unpaved.
  • Roadside assistance is extremely limited and offered only in Arabic. 
  • Very few streets are marked or have signage, and highway signs are normally available only in Arabic.
  • Please refer to our Road Safety Overseas page for more information.

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.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Tunis

North East Zone
Les Berges du Lac
1053 Tunis, Tunisia
Telephone:+(216) 71-107-000, press 0 and ask for the Libya Office consular officer.
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(216)  58 575 409
Fax: +(216) 71-964-360
Email: LibyaACS@state.gov

Inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in Libya may be directed to the Department of State’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services. Callers in the United States and Canada may dial the toll free number 1-888-407-4747. Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial 1-202-501-4444.  

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General Information

Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US

Learn how to respond to abductios TO the US

On July 26, 2014, the U.S. Government suspended all embassy operations in Libya and relocated staff outside of the country. The Department of State has extremely limited capacity to assist U.S. citizens in Libya. 

Inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in Libya may be directed to the Department of State’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services. Callers in the United States and Canada may dial the toll free number 1-888-407-4747. Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial 1-202-501-4444. 

For information concerning travel to Libya, including information about the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Libya.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA). The report is located here.

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Hague Abduction Convention

Libya is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Libya and the United States concerning international parental child abduction. 

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Return

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Libya and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

The Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children's Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction. For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children's Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child. The Office of Children's Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.

Contact information:

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website:  travel.state.gov
Email: MiddleEastIPCA@state.gov  

Parental child abduction may be considered a crime in Libya depending on the circumstances surrounding the child's removal. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney in Libya to determine if their particular case qualifies as a crime under Libyan law.

Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court. Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information. 

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Visitation/Access

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Libya and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.

The Office of Children's Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States.  Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy for information and possible assistance.

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Retaining an Attorney

Neither the Office of Children's Issues nor consular officials assisting U.S. citizens in Libya at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia are authorized to provide legal advice.

The website for the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya contains a list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law. This list was prepared before the suspension of operations and may not provide current information.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

Mediation in Libya is voluntary. The U.S. government is not aware of any government agencies or non-governmental organizations that offer mediation services for custody disputes inside Libya at this time.

We strongly discourage taking matters into your own hands. The measures could be illegal and may delay your child’s return. Attempts to re-abduct your child from the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts you might wish to make in the United States; and
  • Could even result in your arrest and imprisonment.

Finally, there is no guarantee that the chain of abductions would end with the one committed by you. A parent who has re-abducted a child may have to go to extraordinary lengths to conceal his or her whereabouts, living in permanent fear that the child may be re-abducted yet again.

If you are contemplating such desperate measures, we advise you to consider the emotional trauma inflicted on a child who is a victim of an abduction and a re-abduction. We discourage re-abduction not only because it is illegal, but also because of possible psychological harm to the child.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Libya is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Libya did not change.

The Department of State does not maintain files on the adoption process in Libya because adoptions from Libya are rare; fewer than five adoptions by American citizen parents have taken place since 2000. Please visit the Department's Country Specific Information sheets for more information on travelling to Libya and the U.S. Embassy Tripoli website for information on consular services.

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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months
A-2 None Multiple 3 Months
A-3 1 None One 12 Months
B-1 $10.00 One 3 Months
B-2 $10.00 One 3 Months
B-1/B-2 $10.00 One 3 Months
C-1 $6.00 One 1 Month
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None One 1 Month
C-3 None One 1 Month
CW-1 11 None One 1 Month
CW-2 11 None One 1 Month
D None Multiple 12 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None One 1 Month
F-1 None One 12 Months
F-2 None One 12 Months
G-1 None Multiple 12 Months
G-2 None One 12 Months
G-3 None One 12 Months
G-4 None One 12 Months
G-5 1 None One 12 Months
H-1B $8.00 One 1 Months 3
H-1C $8.00 One 1 Months 3
H-2A $8.00 N/A N/A 3
H-2B $8.00 N/A N/A 3
H-2R $8.00 One 1 Months 3
H-3 $8.00 One 1 Months 3
H-4 $8.00 One 1 Months 3
I $8.00 One 3 Months
J-1 4 None One 12 Months
J-2 4 None One 12 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None One 6 Months
K-4 None One 6 Months
L-1 $8.00 One 1 Month
L-2 $8.00 One 1 Month
M-1 None One 12 Months
M-2 None One 12 Months
N-8 None One 12 Months
N-9 None One 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
O-2 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
O-3 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
P-1 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
P-2 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
P-3 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
P-4 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
Q-1 6 $8.00 One 1 Month 3
R-1 $8.00 One 1 Month
R-2 $8.00 One 1 Month
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None One 3 Months
V-2 None One 3 Months 8
V-3 None One 3 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available. To obtain a Libyan birth certificate, non-national applicants must send all pertinent information (including name, date and place of birth, and full names of parents) to their respective Embassy in Tripoli. That Embassy will then make a formal request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to obtain the certificate from the appropriate municipality. Libyan applicants, or a friend or relative of the applicant, must appear in person at the appropriate municipality office.

Death/Burial Certificates

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Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available. Non-national applicants must follow the same procedures as for birth certificates. Libyan applicants, or a friend or relative of the applicant, must appear in person at the appropriate Sharia (Moslem religious) court.

Divorce Certificates

Unavailable for non-nationals. Available for Libyans. See Marriage Certificate for procedures.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police and Prison Records

A "Criminal Status Certificate," issued by the Criminal Identification Department of the General Administration for Criminal Investigation of the General People's Committee for Public Security, is available to residents of Libya. The individual must submit an application with two 2 photographs and proof of residency to his/her local neighborhood People's Security Office for a minimal fee (currently LD 3-5). The certificates are not available to former residents or to non-residents.

Military Records

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Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents for Palestinian Refugees resident in Libya, meet the requirements of INA 101(a)(30).

Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Consulate General of the United States
Consular Section
8, Blvd Moulay Youssef
Casablanca, Morocco 20000

Telephone: (212) 522-26-45-50

Fax: (212) 522-20-80-97

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas for Libyan nationals are processed at the U.S. Embassy in Casablanca.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 994-9601 (202) 944-9606

New York, NY (212) 752-5775 (212) 593-4787

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Tunis
North East Zone
Les Berges du Lac
1053 Tunis, Tunisia
Telephone
+(216) 71-107-000, press 0 and ask for the Libya Office consular officer.
Emergency
+(216) 71-964-360
Fax
No Fax
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