Travel exemptions for returning OFWS to Libya

But Crisis Alert Level 3 remains in effect


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs has approved travel exemptions for some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have existing and valid contracts with their employers in Libya.

DFA said they arrived with the decision after consulting with Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

OFWs falling under the following categories are allowed to return to Libya:

  • Household service staff employed by diplomats in foreign embassies
  • Employed by the United Nations and other international organizations in Libya
  • OFWs working off-shore in oil rig platforms, provided that they will not pass through mainland Libya nor spend their vacation there
  • Workers of multinational companies, government hospitals and schools as well as for the Libyan National Oil Company
  • Filipinos who are married to Libyan nationals.

The DFA however said these OFWs will also need to secure a letter from their employers guaranteeing their safety, security and repatriation “in case the situation in Libya deteriorates and imminent danger to their lives and well-being is present.”

DOLE and POEA will announce the implementation date and issue the guidelines to be followed to avail of the exemptions.

Despite these travel exemptions, the DFA however noted that Crisis Alert Level 3 remains in effect in Libya that’s why they are advising Filipino nationals in Libya to avail themselves of the Philippine government’s voluntary repatriation program for OFWs.

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