Severity: Warning Alert

Entry/Exit: Government of National Accord in Tripoli, Libya introduces a series of preventive measures to stem the spread of COVID-19, March 14.

This alert affects Libya

This alert began 14 Mar 2020 22:03 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Preventive measures
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 16
  • Impact: Entry and travel restrictions, business disruptions

The internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) - headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and based in Tripoli, Libya - announced a series of preventive measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), March 14. The GNA has declared a national emergency and will shut down Tripoli's air and seaports starting March 16. The GNA and its rival government in the eastern city of Benghazi will also close schools for a period of two weeks.

Additional preventive measures and travel restrictions remain likely in the coming days and weeks. The WHO has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a pandemic. COVID-19 originated in China's city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.

Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.