COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 07/29/2021

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. 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 as well as these Frequently Asked Questions.

Traveling to Tunisia for Consular Services 

  • There is a general border closure between Tunisia and Libya, effective July 9. Also, travel to and from Greater Tunis, and travelling between regions, is banned until further notice.
  • 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 and Ministry of Interior authorities.

Country-Specific Information

  • On July 27th the Libyan government instituted a curfew from 6:00 until 18:00. The curfew is in place until further notice. Violators will be fined 500LYD.
  • All commercial activities and entertainments places are closed, with the exception of airports and activities relating to security, health, or nature.
  • The Libyan Ministry of Education has announced that all schools will be closed until August 5th.
  • Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Libyan National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 243,470 total cases of COVID-19.
  • The Libyan National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 3,161 confirmed cases in Libya on July 27, including 31 fatalities and 1,013 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 difficult to obtain due to a shortage of nasal swabs in government-run testing centers. Private laboratories do not 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. The Ministry of Health is unable to accommodate vaccine preferences.
  • The Ministry of Health developed a vaccine eligibility plan that will make appointments available using a phased approach based on age, employment category, and medical history.
  • Private U.S. citizens in Libya can sign up to be vaccinated and receive notifications regarding their priority group’s eligibility date to receive a vaccine at www.eservices.ly  The website is available in both English and Arabic.
  • 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 72 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 14 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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