Libya Clamps Down on Immigrants, Visitors

Libya Herald reports that all foreign visitors to Libya will in future require visas.

The decision by Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail will apply to visitors from Tunisia, Turkey and Jordan, who until now have not required visas to visit the country.

The move is part of a wider clampdown on immigration, including a ruling that only Libyans and Egyptians will be allowed to enter the country via the eastern border crossing at Musaid.

The head of the immigration service has said that any company planning to bring foreign workers into the country would have to submit an request to the Interior Ministry which would check to see if the company was genuine and that the workers were needed.

According to the report, the objective is to crack down on illegal migrants, both those hoping to stay and work in Libya and those planing to use the country as a staging post en route to Europe.

(Source: Libya Herald)

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