Libya travel advice

On 27 January 2015, 9 people, including 5 foreign nationals, were killed in a terrorist attack on an international hotel in Tripoli.

Ten oil workers were killed and 3 foreign nationals were kidnapped in an attack on Mabruk oilfield on 3 February 2015.

There is a very high threat of kidnapping throughout Libya. In February 2015, extremists claiming affiliation with ISIL murdered a group of Egyptian Coptic Christians who had been kidnapped in Sirte in December. Egypt subsequently launched air strikes against Darnah.

There is widespread fighting throughout Libya, including south west of Tripoli in Warshafarna and surrounding areas, and in Benghazi. Ports and airports, and oil and gas installations have also been targeted. There is a high risk of being caught in indiscriminate gunfire or shelling, including air strikes, in all areas where the fighting has spread.

A number of foreign nationals have been shot dead in Libya. Further attacks against foreigners are likely and could be opportunistic. Fighting can break out anywhere without warning, quickly putting those in the area at risk.

Written by