Visa Requirements

In keeping with State Department regulations, US passports are not valid for travel to, in or through Libya unless a special validation is obtained from the Department of State.

In addition, all financial and commercial transactions with Libya are prohibited, with very limited exceptions, unless licensed by the US Treasury Department. There is no US Embassy in Libya.

The government of Belgium which, as a protecting power, can provide only limited emergency services to US citizens and represents US government interests.

Information for Non-US Citizens

The Embassy of Libya in Washington D.C. , will start issuing visas early next year.

Temporary phone number: 202-328-2000 extension #6342

Until then visas must be done through Ottawa Canada

Entry Requirements

Passports and visas are required. On December 11, 1981, US passports ceased to be valid for travel to, in or through Libya and may not be used for that purpose without a special validation.

Passport Restrictions

Without the requisite validation, use of a US passport for travel to, in or through Libya may constitute a violation of 18 USC. 1544, and may be punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.

Passport validation requests for Libya can be forwarded in writing to the following address:

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services
Attn: Office of Passport Policy and Advisory Services
US Department of State
1111 19th St., NW, Suite 260
Washington, DC 20522-1705
Telephone: (202) 955-0231
Telephone: (202) 955-0232
Fax: (202) 955-0230

In addition to the restrictions on the use of a US passport discussed above, all US persons (defined as “US citizens, permanent resident aliens of the United States, anyone physically located in the United States, and any entity organized under the laws of the United States”) are subject to the Libyan Sanctions Regulations administered by the US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (FAC).

Additional information regarding licensing and travel restrictions may be obtained by contacting, Office of Foreign Assets Control, US Department of Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Treasury Annex, Washington DC 20220; telephone (202) 622-2480; fax (202) 622-1657. FAC maintains a 24-hour Fax-on-demand service (202) 622-0077, which offers up-to-date information about the embargo on Libya.