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New Zealand passports | Uruwhenua Aotearoa

The Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua


Travelling to Libya

Passport requirements for travel to Libya

You cannot renew your passport online if you require your passport to be translated.

If you’re travelling to Libya you need to obtain an Arabic translation of some of the information shown in your passport.

Approved Arabic translations are required

The Libyan Government has reintroduced a requirement that all travellers entering Libya must have an approved Arabic translation of a passport holder’s personal information inserted in their passport.

Where to get a translation

You need to allow 2 to 3 weeks for the translation of your information to be completed.

If you’re in New Zealand and planning to travel to Libya, you should contact the Passport office as soon as possible before departure and obtain an approved Arabic translation of your passport information.

If you’re already overseas, the New Zealand High Commission in London or the New Zealand Embassy in Cairo can provide you with the necessary translation stamp in your passport along with a covering letter.

For Libyan visa processing in the United Kingdom, you also need to take your passport and covering letter to the London Chamber of Commerce for further endorsement before lodging all documents and applying for a visa at the nearest Libyan Embassy.

You need to pay a translation fee

If you apply…then the fee is…
In New Zealand
At the New Zealand Passport office in London, England
At the New Zealand Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

How to apply for your translation

You are required to send the following:

  • your current passport
  • the correct fee, AND
  • a brief letter stating you require an Arabic translation, your occupation and country of residence.

If your passport shows an Israeli visa or border stamp, it is unlikely you will get an entry visa to Libya.

More information

Further information is provided through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade travel website