Summary

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • The coastal areas from the Tunisian border to Misrata, including Tripoli and the towns of the Jebel Nafusa.

  • The coastal areas from Ras Lanuf to the Egyptian border, with the exception of Benghazi and Derna.

The FCO advise against all travel to all other parts of Libya, including Benghazi and Derna.

On 21 March there was an attack on Tripoli International Airport which caused damage to the runway. There were no casualties. The airport was temporarily closed but has now fully reopened . However some airlines have cancelled flights. Contact your airline or travel company for further information.

Since December 2013, a number of foreign nationals have been shot dead in Libya, mostly in Benghazi and Derna. Further attacks against foreigners are likely and could be opportunistic.

There is a high threat from terrorism including kidnapping. Since January 2014, a number of foreign nationals have been kidnapped, including in Tripoli. See Terrorism

There is currently a high risk of potential demonstrations throughout Libya. Avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings of people. If you become aware of any nearby violence you should leave the area immediately. Violent clashes between armed groups are possible across the country, particularly at night. You should remain vigilant at all times.

Keep a low profile and try to limit travelling around as much as possible, particularly at night. There is a high threat from crime.

If you’re entering Libya as a media representative, you should get press accreditation from the Libyan authorities. You must get permission before taking any photographs or interviewing at or near military facilities. If you are entering Libya for work or business, you should get the right visa, or risk deportation. See Entry Requirements

The British Embassy in Tripoli provides full consular assistance to British nationals and eligible persons by appointment. The British Office in Benghazi has temporarily suspended operations.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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