Libya Visa

Libya Visa

Do you need a visa to visit Libya?

Find your nearest Libya Embassy.

Except if they come from one of the countries free from visa requirements, visitors to Libya must get a visa from one of the Libyan diplomatic missions before entering the country.

Libya does not presently issue visas for tourists visiting the country. Tourist permits are expected to be reinstated in 2014, according to current plans. Libyas borders with the countries of Chad, Niger, Sudan, and Algeria have been blocked. Actually, the Tuareg and Toubou people are in charge of controlling these boundaries, not the government.

Who needs a visa to Libya

Here are some additional nationalities exempt from the visa requirements for Libya:

  • Holders of a diplomatic passport, official or service passports of:
    • Azerbaijan
    • Italy
    • Malta
    • Morocco
    • Pakistan
    • Slovenia
    • Sudan
    • Venezuela
  • Holders of diplomatic passports of:
    • Benin
    • Burkina Faso
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Comoros
    • Doce d’Ivoire
    • Djibouti
    • Eritrea
    • Gambia
    • Ghana
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Kenya
    • Liberia
    • Mali
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Senegal
    • Sierra Leone
    • Somalia
    • Togo

For more information on visas to Libya, you can visit their Embassy page.

Entry into Libya

Due to ongoing fighting and the possibility of kidnappings or terrorist attacks across the country, the situation in Libya remains extremely perilous. There are reports of increased military activity in the areas surrounding Tripoli and within the city itself, and Irish citizens are advised to avoid the area.

Due to the absence of an Irish Embassy in Libya and the deteriorating security situation, it is improbable that we will be able to provide consular assistance to Irish citizens who travel to or decide to remain in Libya at this time.

Citizens of Ireland who decide to travel to or remain in Libya do so at their own peril and against the Department of Foreign Affairs’ advice. If you choose to remain in Libya, you should exercise caution, avoid large gatherings, and ensure that you have adequate personal security measures in place, such as access to cash and supplies of food, water, medicine, fuel, and other necessities.

If you choose to travel against the advice of the Department of Foreign Affairs, you must ensure that your passport and those of your immediate family members are current and valid. You must also ensure that you have all necessary travel and exit documents for your departure from Libya.

Requirements to apply for a Libya Visa

There is a criteria in place to ensure travellers wanting to enter Libya have all the correct documents before applying. It is important to stick to this criteria to ensure you have all relevant documentation needed. The criteria is listed below.

Visa application form.

Original passport.

Photograph resembling those used for passports.

Visa approval. Letter of approval or reference number issued by the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Business Support Letter.

Application for a visa.

Photograph resembling those used for passports.

Processing Time For Libya Visas

Obtaining permission typically takes between 2 and 10 days. After receiving approval with the visa reference number, the visa to enter Libya can be issued. Single entry visas are typically good for 45 days, with a 30-day maximum stay, however multiple entry visas might be valid for either 6 or 18 months.

Appointment Waiting Times

Visa appointment wait times can vary from situation to situation. The seasonal volume of work and number of pending applicants also affect the estimated duration of the wait. However, the majority of wait times range between 60 and 120 days.

Who Can Visit Libya Without a Visa?

Jordanian and Tunisian nationals require no visa to enter the Libya. Nationals from anywhere else worldwide will require a visa. 

For detailed information on specific parts of the general visa process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.

Libya Visa Types

There are several types of visas available when applying for  Libya visa. The reason for your stay will depend on what kind of visa you are required to obtain. The types of visas available are:

  • Tourist
  • Business
  • Work
  • Transit

What To Do If Your Libya Visa is Refused 

People regularly ask us how we can “guarantee” the issuance of a visa. Because all final decisions are made by embassies, there is no way to obtain a 100 percent guarantee. All you can do is ensure that your application is as strong as possible. Please get in touch with us if your visa application was denied. You have the right to contest this verdict. The embassy of the Member State that opted to deny the visa distributes a standard form to notify the applicant of the decision to deny a Libya visa and the reasons again for refusal.

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