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COVID-19 Information
December 6, 2021

Last updated: 05/10/2022

Update on Policy Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Travel to the U.S.

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Traveling to Tunisia for Consular Services 

  • Travelers coming from Libya must abide by the same requirements as other international travelers, as listed here.
  • Travelers should be advised that they will be required to comply with all PCR and COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements in Tunisia.  Travelers are further advised to carefully review guidance from Tunisian Ministry of Health authorities.

Country-Specific Information

  • The Libyan government has lifted all curfews that had previously been in place.
  • Travelers coming to Libya from Tunisia are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours before entry into Libya. Travelers may be subject to random COVID testing by transit authorities.
  • The Libyan National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that proof of vaccination is required to enter wedding halls, amusement parks, markets, government, and judiciary offices.
  • Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Libyan National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 501,919 total cases of COVID-19. The Libyan National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 1 confirmed case in Libya on May 5, including 0 fatalities and 8 recovered cases.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on March 29 that it had classified Libya among countries with the highest risk in the region with respect to COVID-19.
  • Face masks are required in all public spaces, to include all forms of public transportation.
  • Due to the security situation in Libya, the U.S. Department of State continues to advise U.S. citizens not to travel to Libya and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Libya depart immediately. Please review the latest Libya travel advisory before traveling to Libya.
  • Large gatherings (both public and private) are currently prohibited.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Libya? Covid-19 PCR testing is available in the CDC’s improvised testing and vaccination center in the Olympic City-Tripoli, pharmacies have nasal swabs in case of shortage in the testing center.   Private laboratories do provide PCR COVID-19 testing.
  • Are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
  • The Department of State reminds all American citizens traveling to or living in Libya to enroll with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate at this link: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the Libyan government approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Libya for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes. On July 24th the Ministry of Health started the exceptional campaign to vaccinate 40,000 citizens and residents in its first phase against COVID-19 in the major municipalities of Tripoli. Similar campaigns started in other cities.
  • Which vaccines are available in Libya? As of April 17, 2021, the Libyan Ministry of Health is reportedly administering Sputnik V vaccines as they are first to arrive in the country now the most administrated vaccine is AstraZeneca. The Ministry of Health is unable to accommodate vaccine preferences.
  • Private U.S. citizens in Libya can be vaccinated by visiting the CDC’s improvised testing and vaccination center in the Olympic City-Tripoli from 9am to 3pm.
  • The U.S. Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine information. Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccinations

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, a COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 48 hours prior to travel is required.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • The Ministry of Health has multiple designated quarantine sites where individuals can be held in quarantine for 10 days.
  • Libyan authorities are carrying out enhanced temperature screenings of passengers arriving at air, land, and sea ports of entry.
  • Travelers should be prepared for new quarantine restrictions to be put into effect with little to no advanced notice.
  • Travelers should contact the Embassy of Libya in Washington, DC, for more detailed information about the Libyan government’s testing and quarantine policies.

 Transportation Options

  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
  • Face masks are required in all forms of public transportation, including private taxis
  • Travelers are encouraged to contact their airline for the most current flight information.
  • Travelers should be prepared for new travel restrictions to be put into effect with little to no advanced notice.

Consular Operations

  • On July 26, 2014 the U.S. Embassy suspended all embassy operations in Libya and relocated to Tunisia. The U.S. Embassy in Tunis is providing routine services for American Citizens by email appointment only. Please email TunisACSAppointments@state.gov for appointment scheduling.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Tunis is providing limited emergency non-immigrant visa services, and immigrant visa services within the guidelines of current COVID-19 mitigation protocols. All visa services are by appointment only. You can read more information about visa services operating status here.

Local Resources

  • For the latest information and advice for travel to Libya with regards to COVID-19, please visit Libya’s National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) webpage at https://ncdc.org.ly/Ar/

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