We 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.
We advise against all travel to all other parts of Libya, including Benghazi and Derna.
On 15 November, violence erupted in Tripoli between armed militiamen and protestors demanding they leave the city, resulting in more than 30 deaths. Much of the fighting took place near the airport road and the Ghargour district. Tripoli airport is open, though some flights may be affected. The atmosphere in Tripoli remains tense and there is the potential for further violence. British nationals in Tripoli should remain vigilant.
There is a high threat from terrorism including kidnapping. This threat is increased due to a threat of retaliatory attacks following the French intervention in Mali.
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.