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Death Abroad

Disposition of Remains Report: Libya

UPDATED JUNE 20, 2013

Part I. Name of Country: Libya

Part II. U.S. Embassy Information

U.S. Embassy Tripoli

Address: Walie Al-Ahed Road – Sidi Slim Area, Tripoli, Libya
Phone: Country Code 218 Area Code 91 220 3239.  For emergencies:  218 91 220 5203      
Fax: Country Code 218 Area Code 21 362 2459

State Department Travel Information

Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP)

Part III. Profile of Religions of the Host Country and Religious Services available to visitors

Country Profile: Visit the State Department's website:  Background Notes:  Libya  

Religions:  Islam is Libya’s principal religion, with 97% of the population associating itself with that faith.  Most are Sunni Muslims.  There are also small Egyptian Coptic, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Greek Orthodox, and Anglican communities.

Religious Activities for Visitors:  Tripoli has Muslim, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Protestant, and Greek Orthodox congregations.  Catholic Mass is available in Italian and English.  Anglican and Protestant services are available in English.

Part IV. Funeral Directors, Mortician and Related Services Available in Libya:

DISCLAIMER: The U.S. Embassy Tripoli, Libya, assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms.  Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the funeral directors, morticians and other service providers.

Tripoli Central Hospital

Address:  Al Zawia Street, Tripoli, LIBYA

Tel: +218 21 444 5809, +
218 21 333 9161, +218 21 361 7798

Part V.  Profile of services available in Libya regarding preparation and shipment of remains:

Due to limited refrigerated storage facilities available at this hospital, prompt arrangements for transfer of the body to a funeral home are required soon after a death.  Police stations and hospitals usually have local funeral home contacts available to provide to the family.

  1. Maximum Period before Interment

When a body is embalmed, Libyan law specifies no particular time frame within which the body must be buried.  When a body is not embalmed, local law requires its burial within 24 hours.  The requirement may be waived for exceptional reasons (such as waiting for instructions from abroad), or if an autopsy is required.

  1. Embalming

The treatment of remains is handled by Libyan government morgues and hospitals only.

  1. Cremation

    Local laws do not permit cremation. 
    1. Exportation of Remains
      Local requirements for the exportation of human remains are:
  • A burial permit from the local health authorities,
  • American Consular Mortuary Certificate for shipment of remains to the United States.
  • Affidavit of Funeral Director for witnessing the packing of the remains to the United States, notarized by U.S. Consul.
  1. Costs
    Estimated cost for shipping remains to the United States is $3760 or 4,700 LYD.  The only airlines that allow shipment of human remains are Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul) or Egypt Air (via London).  

The shipping company will require the following:

  • Death Certificate (issued by the Libyan Government)
  • Letter from the U.S Embassy.
  • A destination address