Libya travel advice

There is a high threat from terrorism. Daesh (ISIL-affiliated groups) have stated an intention to target foreigners.

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.

Recent car bomb attacks in public areas in Tripoli, Tobruk and Benghazi have caused a number of casualties. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners.

There have been a number of attacks and threats against westerners, western interests and symbolic targets throughout Libya. Further attacks are likely and could be opportunistic. These could target foreign and diplomatic personnel and premises, international hotels, government and other official security institutions.

There is a very high threat of kidnapping throughout Libya from armed tribes, criminals and terrorists, including those who have affiliated with Daesh. A British national was kidnapped earlier.

In February 2015, extremists claiming affiliation with Daesh murdered a group of Egyptian Coptic Christians who had been kidnapped in Sirte in December.

Egypt subsequently launched air strikes against Darnah.

Written by