COVID-19 Information

Country-Specific Information

The Libyan National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 60 confirmed cases in Libya as of April 24, including two fatalities and 18 recovered cases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced March 29 it had classified Libya among the high-risk countries in the region with respect to COVID-19.

On March 14, the Government of National Accord (GNA) announced a series of strict travel restrictions and social distancing measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As of March 16, all land, sea, and air borders into Libya were closed to foreigners for a period of three weeks.

Libyan national and local authorities throughout Libya have announced measures including the banning of all large social and cultural gatherings, the closing of all education institutions, and the closing of restaurants and cafes.

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/

Due to the security situation in Libya, the U.S. Department of State continues to advise U.S. citizens to not go to Libya and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Libya depart immediately. Review the latest Libya travel advisory before traveling to Libya.

In addition, please monitor Libyan media for the latest information on Libyan government efforts related to COVID-19.

Assistance to American Citizens 

On July 26, 2014 the U.S. Embassy suspended all embassy operations in Libya and relocated staff due to civil unrest.  The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli remains closed, and the security situation in Libya remains unpredictable and unstable. Please contact libyaacs@state.gov for assistance.

Due to the security situation in Libya, the U.S. Department of State continues to advise U.S. citizens to not go to Libya and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Libya depart immediately. Review the latest Libya travel advisory before traveling to Libya.

The U.S Embassy issued new guidance on March 29 to American citizens in Libya clarifying that the U.S. government is currently unable to facilitate repatriation from Libya, and instructing U.S. citizens to make appropriate plans to shelter in place until commercial transport options are restored. The full statement is available here.

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).

Entry and Exit Requirements

The GNA announced a state of emergency that includes the closure of Libya’s land and sea borders, and the cessation of all international flights through April 6. Flying ambulances, air shipping, official delegations returning from abroad, and local flights are still permitted at this time.

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 or no advance notice.

For the latest advice from the Libyan government, please visit the National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) webpage at ncdc.org.ly/Ar/

In addition, monitor Libyan media for the latest information on entry and exit requirements.

Quarantine Information:

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 or no advance notice.

For the latest information with regards to COVID-19 quarantine procedures, please visit Libya’s National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) webpage at

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