British Ambassador to Libya
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) returned to Libya in March 2011, following a brief suspension of embassy services at the start of the revolution in February 2011. Based initially in Benghazi, before returning to Tripoli in September 2011, the FCO is working to support Libya's transition to democracy and helping Libyans to build an accountable state based on the rule of law and respect for human rights. Libya remains an important priority for the UK: the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary have each visited twice since 2011 and Mr Burt, Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, has visited three times.
By building strong relations with Libya’s politicians, civil society groups, business leaders and security personnel across the country, the FCO is able to offer advice and political support to Libya’s transition. In 2012 we gave funding to the UN and other international organisations to provide assistance during Libya’s first democratic elections for over 42 years. Together with colleagues from the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defecne we support the newly elected congress and government as they seek to write a new constitution and introduce important reforms to Libya’s security and economic sectors.
We also work to improve bilateral relations between the UK and Libya. With our Bilateral Programme Budget we are able to fund small projects in cities outside Tripoli and develop friendships with Libyans in less-visited towns. Through the Chevening Scholarships we are able to support up to ten young Libyans with leadership potential to develop their skills and study in the UK.
Through our strong relationship with the Libyan government, we work to secure justice for the victims of Qadhafi’s rule in the UK, including WPC Yvonne Fletcher and the victims of the Lockerbie disaster.
Information, news updates and Libya travel advice to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
Passports and emergency travel documents
How to renew or replace your British passport if you are outside the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website. Please note that the Embassy cannot deal with individual enquiries about visa applications. For all visa enquiries, please contact the UK Border Agency.
Births, deaths and marriages
Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on how to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine, so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
Notarial and documentary services
List of English speaking lawyers and Interpreters
A list of English speaking lawyers and translators who may be able to help you with official transactions in Libya. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
Explanation of the prison system in Libya for British nationals.
Living in Libya
Information for British nationals living in Libya who need information about services that are not provided by the Embassy, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances. You should read the living in Libya guide in conjunction with the FCO Travel Advice.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- issue emergency passport (emergency travel document)
- provide information about transferring funds
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- help people with mental illness
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
What the Embassy cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
- renew or replace a full British passport
British Embassy Tripoli, main
Tripoli Towers (formerly Bourj al-Fateh)
Telephone +218 (0)21 335 1084/5/6
Opening hours: 08:00am to 3:15pm (Sunday to Thursday)
Email address for consular enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email address for commercial enquiries: Trade.Libya@fco.gov.uk
British Embassy Benghazi
The Office of the British Embassy in Benghazi is currently closed for security reasons. The Head of the Benghazi Office, Joseph Walker-Cousins, is temporarily working from Tripoli and can be contacted on +218 (0)21 335 1084/5/6 or +218 (0)92 484 1031.