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There are several types of visas that are granted in Libya to people who are interested in investing in a business there. This type of visa is for people who are not presently residing in Libya but want to start business in Libya. This is the type of visa for those individuals who want to begin a business in Libya.When you get this visa it is a step towards a Business permanent resident Visa.

After you have this visa one for two years, you can apply for either an investor, state/territory sponsored business owner, The visa is typically valid for four years. You may include your partner, your children, and other few relatives who reside with you. You cannot have access to the government's health care, but you can get private health insurance. You are not required to get it, but it is available.

To be an eligible investor:

  • You must be less than 65 years old,
  • have notified the regional authority of the province or territory where you live about your intention to grow your business venture
  • and have made a designated investment of LYD 500,000.
  • When they require it, you must transfer it over to the government.
  • You must also be a native speaker of Arabic or have proof of passing the test or hold an accreditation in English.
  • For at least one out of five years before you can apply for your visa, you must have managed or had direct involvement in a business in *which you own an interest of a certain percentage.
  • You must have some general business experience, and show a high degree of management skills
  • You and your partner must not have engaged in questionable or unacceptable business activities.
  • You must also be committed to developing your legitimate business in Libya and take part in managing the business.
  • You must have a net value of LYD $50,000 invested in the business.
  • You must be in good health, and be of good character to be admitted to Libyan authorities .
  • If you are 18 or older, you have to sign a Values Statement for Libyans.
  • You have to show that you intend to live the Libyan way of life. There are certain conditions that you must meet for this visa
  • You must come into Libya before anyone else that is included with your application for your visa.
  • So, your family members must come into Australia after you do.

If any of these conditions change, then you must notify, in writing, the department as soon as you possibly can.

What are the steps you must take to apply for this Business visa?

  1. First, you must notify the state/territory authority of what you intend to do about your business.
  2. Then you need to fill out and lodge your application form.
  3. you can make your designated investment.

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Single-entry visa[edit]

  • Once the visa approval is secured from the Immigration Department in Tripoli, the approval will be used to obtain the visa on arrival at the airport.
  • No contact with the embassy is needed, unless required.
  • The process can be completed in one week, but it may take longer, depending on 'nationality' and local circumstances.
  • You will be sent a copy of the approval as a proof of visa, which you will need to print and keep with you before boarding your plane.

Multiple-entry visa[edit]

Multiple-entry visa cannot be obtained on arrival. Instead, the authorization number or the approval will be sent to the embassy of your choice to secure the visa from the embassy, where you will also need to provide the above required documents.

The visa approval must be used within one month of issue, and if the stamp is obtained on arrival then a fee of 100 Libyan dinars needs to be paid to the immigration authority at the airport (only applies to one-month business visa). The fee for 6-month visa is paid to the embassy.

  • Single-entry visa cannot be extended to 3- or 6-months visa once in Libya, nor the latter can be obtained once in Libya. Exit from the country is required before securing a second entry visa. However, one-month visa can be extended by only one month while still in Libya.
  • The multiple visa usually takes around two weeks to process, but sometimes the approval or the visa number takes longer to be faxed to the appropriate embassy. This requires the need to apply well in advance to allow for unexpected delays.

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Required Documents[edit]

Single-Entry Business Visa Requirements[edit]

  • Scanned copy of your passport's bio data page (the page with your photo).
  • Your profession.
  • Estimated date of arrival.
  • Payment.

Multiple-Entry Business Visa[edit]

Stage 1:

  • Scanned copy of your passport's bio data page (the page with your photo).
  • Copy of your "Residence Permit" (if you are not a national of the country in which you reside).
  • Your Profession.
  • Estimated date of arrival.
  • Payment.

These documents will be used to secure the approval from the Immigration Department in Tripoli.

Stage 2:

  • The immigration will telex the visa approval number to the embassy (in your country or country of residence).
  • You need to visit the embassy to obtain the actual visa stamp. This type of visa cannot be obtained on arrival.
  • Some embassies may ask for the following documents:
  • 2 photos
  • Bank statement
  • Visa-stamp fee
  • Travel insurance.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Economy & Trade
T : (21) 480-9361
F : (21) 480-9361
W :

Ministry of Tourism
Bab Albahr
Near Tripoli Seaport
Tel.: 021-3364621 (+218213364621)
Fax: 021-3364605 (+218213364605)

The Libyan Ministry of Tourism:
AlJala Road,
P.O. Box 82063 (and P.O. Box 71981),
Tripoli, Libya;
Tel: (+218) 21 3334673;
(+218) 21 503 041;
Fax: (+218) 21 4445336.

Mission of Libya To The United Nations
Address: 309 East 48th Street
New York
Tel: +1 212 752 5775
Fax: +1 212 593 4787

United Kingdom: London:
Address of Libyan Embassy in London:
15 Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7LY
Tel: +44 207 201 8280
Fax: +44 207 245 0588

United States of America:
Libyan Liaison Office
2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite 705,
Washington DC 20037
Tel: 202-944-9601
Fax 202-944-9606
Website: -- now redirects to:
Business hours: 9am - 4:30pm (Monday to Friday)

Libyan Embassy in France:
Address: 2 rue Charles Lamoureux
Tel: +33 1 47047160
Fax: +33 1 47047160

Libyan Embassy in France:
3, villa Copernic
Paris 75116
Tel: 33 1 40677575
Fax: 33 1 40671642

Consulate General:
424 rue Paradis
Marseille 13008
Tel : 33

Libyan Embassy in Australia:
50 Culgoa Circuit, ACT 2606
O'Malley, Canberra
Tel: +61 (02) 6290 7900
Fax: +61 (02) 6286 4522

Libyan Embassy in Canada
Address: 81 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1000 Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6K7
Tel: +613 230-0919
Fax: +613 230-0683

Libyan Embassy in Russia:
Address: Ulitsa Mosfilmovskaya 38
Tel: +3330545-6
Fax: +3330545-6

Libyan Embassy in China:
Address: Sanlitun Dongliujie
Beijing 100600
Tel: 10 6532 3278-3891
Fax:10 65323891

Libyan Embassy in India:
Address: 22 Golf Link
New Delhi
Tel: +91 11 469 7717
Fax: +91 11 469 7771

Libyan Embassy in Japan:
Address: 10-14 Daikanyama-cho
Shibuya-ku, Post Code:150
Tel: +81 3 34770701
Fax: +81 3 34770701

Libyan Embassy in Germany
Podbielskiallee 42, 14195
Tel. +49 (30) 20 05 96-0
Fax. +49 (30) 20 05 96

Libyan Embassy in Spain:
Address: Pisuerga, 12 28002
Tel: +91 56460 06
Fax: +9156439 86

Libyan Embassy in Italy:
Address: Via N

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Multiple-entry visa for Business is valid for 3 months to 6 months.
Single-entry visa is valid for 45 days

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There are two types of business visa:

Single-entry visa: the actual visa itself, if obtained from the embassy, is valid for 45 days from the date of issue. However, the business visa approval used to obtain the stamp on arrival is valid only for 30 days. In both cases the visa allows the holder to stay one month in Libya.

Multiple-entry visa: there are two types of multiple visa: one is valid for 3 months, and the other for 6 months. Both types allow the holder to enter and exit Libya as many times as desired within the specified validity period.

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name and nationality.
  • Scan of passport's bio page.
  • Your profession.

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Need for the Document[edit]

Business Visa or "mission visa" is required for visitors who intend to visit Libya for doing business.

In addition to tourist and transit visas Libya Government is also authorized to provide business services for those wishing to invest in the tourism sector and in tourism-related projects.

Business visas are usually granted without any issues, but there are occasions where some applications are refused by the Immigration Department. Not all nationalities are approved. Paid fees are refundable if the visa application was not approved.

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