COVID19 Precautionary Measures in Libya (12 May Update)

*Can a resident enter the country? *

  • Yes

  • Citizens and residents are allowed to enter.

*Can a foreigner enter the country? *

  • Yes

  • Foreign nationals are allowed to enter.

*Is a test required on arrival? *

  • Yes

  • Travellers will undergo health checks along with temperature screening. A COVID-19 PCR test will be administered.

*Test certificate required? *

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Travellers arriving in Benghazi, as well as other areas in eastern Libya, will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within the last 48 hours prior to their arrival.

*Is quarantine required on arrival? *

  • Yes

  • Travellers who are eligible to enter Libya are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival at government-assigned facilities. Travellers arriving from Tunisia are only required to self-quarantine for 10 days upon the arrival.

  • Based on the above restrictions, all incoming travellers will be required to spend between 10 days and 14 days in quarantine.

*Entry form required? *

  • Yes

  • Arriving passengers may be asked to complete a health declaration form.

Airline restrictions

  • Significant

  • Very limited international air travel has resumed in Libya. Since flights may be cancelled without prior notice, passengers are advised to contact airlines or travel agents directly for an update on the availability of flights.

  • Limited commercial flights are operating between Mitiga International Airport (MJI) and Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Domestic flights are operating.

Border restrictions

  • Significant

  • Most land and sea borders remain closed. Libya’s air, land and maritime borders have regularly been closed, without notice.

  • Land, air, and sea borders in eastern Libya remain open.

  • Emsaed border crossing point is open for entry and exit.

  • The Ras Jdir land border crossing between Libya and Tunisia has reopened.

  • Travellers with an Israeli visa or having a travel history to Israel (as documented in passport) are not allowed to enter Libya.

Curfew restrictions

  • Significant

  • A nationwide daily curfew has been imposed from 21:00 to 6:00. There is also a 24-hour curfew in effect on Friday and Saturday.

  • Local governments may impose curfews and lockdowns at short notice depending on the pandemic situation.

  • The government may tighten restrictions with very little notice.

  • Violation of curfew measures can lead to a penalty.

Social distancing restrictions

  • Moderate

  • Public gatherings, including social and cultural gatherings, have been banned.

  • Social gatherings remain suspended in western Libya.

  • Maintaining a distance of two meters, wearing face masks, and the use of sanitizers are compulsory.

Internal travel restrictions

  • Moderate

  • Masks must be worn on all transportation.

  • Inter-district travel has been banned.

  • Inter-city travel and public transportation in western Libya remain banned.

  • Cities have different restrictions on inter-city and intra-city travel. Some local authorities have prohibited people from entering or leaving their respective town areas.

  • Travel is prohibited during the curfew hours.

*Non-essential shops open? *

  • No with exceptions

  • Non-essential businesses remain suspended in western Libya. Essential services are not affected.

  • During curfew hours, essential services, such as groceries, food shops, and pharmacies will remain open.

*Restaurants open? *

  • No

  • Restaurants are closed.

Bars and cafes open?

  • No

  • Cafes are closed until further notice.

*Beaches and tourism sites open? *

  • Yes

  • Some tourism sites are open.

*Museums and heritage sites open? *

  • Yes

  • Some heritage sites are allowed to open.

*Places of worship open? *

  • No with exceptions

  • Mosques and other places of worship are closed; however, some mosques may open for Friday and Fajr prayer with strict guidelines.

*Events allowed? *

  • No

  • All events, including weddings and funerals, are prohibited.

*Masks required in public? *

  • Yes

  • The use of a face mask is mandatory in public places, shops, and government facilities. Failure to wear a face mask could lead to a fine.

Other

  • Offices and businesses are allowed to open except during curfew hours.

  • High schools are open while middle schools and primary schools will remain closed.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is constantly changing worldwide. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Airlines may have their own requirements for testing, masking, and distancing. It is recommended that travellers carry a supply of face masks since the requirement can vary by location. It is recommended that travellers practice social distancing and maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals and avoid crowded areas. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.