The Tripoli based Libyan government is to start issuing electronic Libyan visas to citizens of those countries that reciprocate the process for Libyans. It will also start exempting certain age groups from Egypt and Turkey from the need for a Libyan visa. This latter move is to reciprocate the treatment received from Egypt and Turkey.
The e-visas announcement was made last Wednesday after a meeting was held in the Cabinet Office, which included the Deputy Head of the Passports and Nationality Department, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Telecommunications Holding Company, the Chairman of the General Information Authority, the Director of the Administrative and Financial Affairs Department in the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the technical committees charged with preparing the electronic system, in the presence of the Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Affairs and Cabinet.
During the meeting, the electronic system for foreigners’ visas was presented, and the roles assigned to all entities through which foreigners can obtain their visas electronically were defined, with reciprocal treatment by the state.
These meetings come in implementation of the directives of Prime Minister Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba to address the issue of granting visas, and to develop a practical mechanism that contributes to increasing arrivals to Libya.
Visa exemptions for certain age cohorts from Egypt and Turkey
Also on Wednesday, the Tripoli government issued a decree exempting certain age cohorts from Egypt and Turkey the need to obtain a visa to enter Libya.
The government said this comes within the framework of the application of the principle of reciprocity.
For Egyptian nationals, all those under 18 and men over 45 and all women are exempt from the need for a Libyan visa.
For Turkish nationals, all those under 18 and all women and men over 55 are exempt.