Travel Advisory for Libya

17 August 2023

We strongly advise Singaporeans against travelling to or remaining in Libya. Incidents of civil unrest and indiscriminate attacks by armed militia groups continue to take place, including armed conflicts between rival factions in Tripoli on 14 and 15 August 2023 resulting in casualties.  
While the Singapore Embassy in Cairo is accredited to Libya, Singapore has no physical diplomatic presence in Libya, which constrains our ability to extend consular assistance during an emergency.  Those who are still in Libya are advised to leave immediately.  If you choose to remain in Libya, you are strongly encouraged to e-Register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that we can contact you, should the need arise. Singaporeans in Libya are also advised to stay in touch with your family and friends. If you need any assistance or consular advice, please contact the Singapore Embassy in Cairo or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours) at:
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Cairo

40 Adnan Omar Sedky Street
(Former Babel Street)
Dokki 11511, Cairo, Egypt
Telephone: +202-37490468, 37495045
Duty Officer Telephone: +20-109-8064-130 (24-hours)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)

Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Telephone: +65 6379 8800/8855

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Singaporeans require a visa to enter Libya. As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the Embassy of Libya in Jakarta for up-to-date information. 

The security situation in Libya remains dangerous and unpredictable with sporadic armed conflicts taking place between rival factions including one on 14 and 15 August 2023 resulting in casualties. While international flights to Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli and Benghazi International Airport have resumed, both airports may close on short notice. 
Terrorist Attacks: There is high risk of terrorism all over Libya.  Foreign nationals are at high risk of being targeted for kidnapping or killing.

Civil Unrest: The political situation remains fragile. Demonstrations and protests may break out and turn violent with little warning.  If you are in an area affected by it, you should find a safe location, remain indoors, heed any local advice and leave the area when it is safe to do so.
Crime: Carjacking and armed robberies are common occurrences. Given the political situation and lack of a coherent government controlling the country, one cannot expect reliable police assistance.
Landmines: There is a significant risk of encountering unexploded ordnance and indiscriminately laid landmines in areas where fighting has occurred.

Local laws reflect the fact that Libya is predominantly an Islamic country. Singaporeans are strongly advised to respect local traditions, customs, and laws at all times.

Narcotics: Smuggling and possession of narcotics carry high penalties in Libya, including life imprisonment and the death penalty.

Alcohol: Importing Alcohol is illegal in Libya.

Photography: Photography of military and police installations and personnel is strictly prohibited.

Customs Regulations: Firearms, religious materials, antiquities, medications and currencies are subject to strict customs regulations.

As Libya is predominantly Islamic, it observes the Islamic tradition of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.  Please exercise sensitivity when consuming food and beverages during fasting hours, from sunrise to sunset.

The local currency is the Libyan Dinar (LYD).  Local banks and money changers do not accept the Singapore Dollar.  It is advisable to carry with you US Dollars (USD) or Euros (EUR) to exchange for local currency.  ATMs are not readily available and credit cards are not widely in used in Libya.

Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 5 February 2024]

Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.

Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.

When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.


For those planning to travel, here are some tips:

Before travelling

  • Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
  • Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
  • eRegister with us on our website ( so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.

While travelling

  • Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
  • Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
  • Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrest or terror attacks.
  • Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
  • In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

Advisory: Email Scams

There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.

MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously.  Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance.  If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request.  It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport numbers, address, telephone number, etc.  Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails.  Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately.  Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

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