Tourism Law (7) of 2004
The GPC in execution of the decisions
of the basic people's congresses, in their holding sessions for the year 2003;
And after having reviewed the Declaration of the People Power Raising;
And the Green Document for Human Rights in the era of the masses;
And the law No. (20) for year 1991, related to freedom enhancement;
And the law No. (1) for year 2001, related to people's congresses and people's
And the commercial law and its amendments; And the Financial System Law of the
State, and its amendments;
And the law No. (44) for year 1968, regarding tourism, and its amendments;
And the law No. (65) for year 1970, regarding the resolution of some rules related
to commerce, trading companies and their supervision; And the Law No. (33) for
year 1971, regarding the organization of the trading agencies works; And the
customs law No. (67) for year 1973; And the law No. (13) for year 1989, regarding
prices control, and its amendments;
And the law No. (9) for year 1992, regarding the practice of economic activities,
and its amendments;
And the law No. (3) for year 1995, regarding vestiges, museums, antique cities
and historical buildings protection;
And the law No. (5) for year 1997, regarding the encouragement of foreign capitals
And the law No. (21) for year 2001, regarding the resolution of some rules related
to the practice of economic activities;
And the law No. (24) for year 2001, regarding prohibition of using non-Arabic
language and Arabic numbers in all transactions;
And the law No. (27) for year 2001, regarding the resolution of some rules related
to fees and services compensation;
And the law No. (4) for year 2004, regarding the establishment of commerce and
industry chambers as well as the chambers union, has formulated the
General and Constitutional Rules
Tourism means, in applying the rules of this law, movement of persons, nationals
and foreigners, individuals and groups, from a place to another, as well as different
services and relations resulting therefore or incurred thereon.
The tourism intends to achieve the following:
- Identifying the civilization and historical march of the Libyan people,
[ . . . ] through natural tourist, cultural and industrial sites existing in
Libya, and civilization achievements realized thereby, as well as showing its
honourable picture on the international level.
- Promoting the public taste, individual and collective behaviour, to reflect
the fit aspect of life modes in Libya.
- Contributing in raising up the national heritage.
- Implanting the social correlation between the individuals of the Libyan society,
and enhancing the cooperation and human relationships with the world's peoples.
- Maintaining the tourist sites and utilities, developing, promoting, taking
care of them, as well as providing entertainment and promenade means for citizens
- Exchanging know-how in the different tourist fields and activities, through
establishing conferences, symposiums, meetings, festivals, exhibitions and tourist
weeks, in Libya and abroad, and participating therein.
- Encouraging Libyan and foreign investors to invest in tourist projects aiming
to develop the national income sources and resources.
- Creating employment opportunities for nationals.
- Contributing in the economic and social development.
The relevant bodies undertakes, each in its competency extent, to provide suitable
conditions to encourage tourism in Libya, especially, with respect to visas granting,
simplifying procedures in entry ports, good reception of tourists, managing their
movements and lodging, offering them assistance, providing security and safety
requirements, enhancing the supervision and control on bodies offering services
to tourists, according to basics and restrictions to be determined by the executive
regulation of this law.
With observance of the rules of law No. (3) for year 1995, mentioned above, the
General People's Committee for Tourism undertakes to determine areas of tourist
development and tourist attraction, to prepare detailed and general plans therefore,
to give them the tourist tincture and to mange and supervise them according to
approved plans, in coordination with relevant bodies.
Chambers in the fields of tourist services shall be established to perform, each
in its field of competency, the tasks and powers conferred to chambers of commerce
and industry, established by virtue of law organizing that purpose. Each thereof
shall have the moral personality and the independent financial liability. It
shall follow, in establishing such chambers, determining their competencies and
the manner of their management, the same rules stipulated in the said law. The
General People's Committee for Tourism, and its Secretary, performs, towards
established chambers, the tasks conferred to the General People's Committee for
Economy and Commerce, and its Secretary, in that law.
Without prejudice to the rules of the legislations regulating the practice of
economic activities, the General People's Committee for Tourism undertake to
set out terms and restrictions necessary to practice tourist and investment activities
in the tourist projects.
The bodies operating in the tourist activity field must pay a tax for each tourist
entering the Libyan territories in its knowledge. The taxes collection will be
deposited in a fund to be established for that purpose, and it will spend therefore
for purpose of tourist activation.
Without prejudice to the exemptions decided in the law No. (5) For year 1997,
mentioned above, the tourist projects are exempted from the following taxes and
- Customs duties on construction materials, tools and equipment, furniture,
tourist transport means, and on different types of equipments necessary to construct
and operate the tourist utilities and projects. The General People's Committee
for Tourism undertakes to determine such needs and to approve their quantities.
- Income, buildings and entertainment levies for a period of five year starting
as of date of the project activity actual starting, and it may extend the exemption
period for further five years, by virtue of a decision issued by the General
People's Committee, upon a proposal to be submitted by the General People's Committee
- Exemptions and incentives to be proposed by the General People's Committee
for Tourism, and a decision shall be issued with respect thereto by the General
- The executive regulation determines the basics and restrictions to execute
the rules of this article.
The customs fees and duties, exempted according to the rules of this article
(eight) of this law, will be collected in the following cases:
- If it has proved that the project is unable to achieve the purpose for which
it was established. If things exempted from taxes and levies were used in purposes
other than that the exemption was decided for.
- If the project breached the terms imposed on the activity practice, or if
the materials, subject of exemption, were assigned to others. • If the project
lost its tourist title.
The General People's Committee for Tourism undertakes, in application of the
rules of the law No. (5) for year 1997, mentioned above, in the field of tourist
investment projects, the competencies conferred to the People's Committee for
the Investment Authority. The Secretary of the General People's Committee for
Tourism undertakes the power and competencies of the Secretary in Charge Thereof
in that law and its executive regulation.
A council, named "National Council for Tourism" will be established,
to be formed by a decision made by the General People's Committee, upon a proposed
made by the Secretary of the General People's Committee for Tourism. The relevant
bodies in the public and private sectors.
The National Council of Tourism is competent of the following:
- Proposing the policies ensuring the tourism development and promotion.
- Proposing and studying drafts of laws, regulations and regimes related to
- Proposing the support of financial allocations necessary for tourism sector.
- Handling the cases related to tourism, requiring cooperation among sectors
and finding suitable solutions therefore.
- Coordinating between public and private bodies having connection with the
execution of the tourist development plans and programs, and proposing the role
conferred to each thereof.
- Settling subjects exposed thereto by the Secretary of Council.
- The Council will set out a by law including terms and procedures necessary
to organize its works.
As an exception from the rules of the law No. (24) for year 2001, mentioned above,
the tourist companies and partnerships, travel and tourism offices and tourist
public areas, licensed to practice the activity, may use foreign languages in
performing their activities and in publishing tourist printings in different
Tourist Public Areas
The public areas shall mean, in application of the rules of this law, the hotels,
motels, tourist cities and villages, entertainments, camps, resorts, amusement
locations, tourist restaurants and cafeterias, tradition industries products
sale shops, and the likes.
It may not license the establishment, operation nor management of tourist public
areas, unless after the issue of a permission by the People's Committee for Tourism
for the Municipality, according to basics and restrictions to be determined by
the executive regulation of this law.
The tourist public areas are classified on classes. They are reclassified according
to the regulation to be issued accordingly by the General People's Committee
With observance of the law No. (13) for year 1989, and the law No. (27) for year
2001, mentioned above, the lodging, living and services rate in the tourist public
areas, will be determined by a committee to be formed by virtue of a decision
issued by the General People's Committee, upon a proposal made by the Secretary
of the General People's Committee for Tourism.
The tourist professions means, in the rules of this law, the following professions:
- Works of tourist companies and partnerships and offices of travel and tourism.
- Specialized tourist transport.
- Tourist Guidance.
- Any other activity which the General People's Committee decided to consider
it a tourist profession upon a proposal to be made by the General People's Committee
It is conditioned for practicing tourist profession to obtain a permission from
the Secretariat of the General People's Committee for Tourism. The executive
regulation of this law the terms, restrictions, procedures and fees of issue
of the permission, its renewal or cases of its cancellation or stopping the activity
practice for a specified period.
The shipping and aviation companies, as well as the land transport national companies
and partnerships may practice all works and services of offices of travel and
tourism, stipulated in this law, further to travel tickets booking and sale and
location reservation on their means, provided that they shall specified an independent
section to practice such works, and they shall obtain a license related thereto
according to the rules of this law.
Article Twenty One
It is conditioned for granting permission to companies, partnerships and offices
of travel and tourism, that those latter shall pay a cash insurance which amount
is to be determined by a decision issued by the General People's Committee for
Tourism, to be deposited in a specific account in one of the banks, from which
the amounts due on those bodies will be deducted therefore, provided that they
shall compensate the deducted amounts there from within two weeks as of date
of notifying them thereby.
Article Twenty Two
The licensee, to practice a tourist profession or to manage a tourist public
area, is considered violating his obligations in the following cases:
- If he delayed to fulfil his duties or to perform his services towards his
agents or other tourist professions possessors, or breached or omitted their
- If he entered in illegal competition or damaging the national economy.
- If he committed an action damaging the tourism welfare or reputation in
Libya, or practiced the profession in a manner unfit for public morals and etiquettes
and the public order.
Article Twenty Three
The Secretary of the General People's Committee for Tourism, upon a report from
a committee to be formed for such purpose in the sector, may issue a decision
caused by one of the following procurements:
- Stopping the work with the activity practice permission for a period determined
by the decision, to remove the breach committed by the activity practitioner.
- Closing the tourist public area, or canceling the profession practice license
from who practices the tourist activity without a permission from the Secretariat
of the General People's Committee for Tourism.
- Canceling the permission of the tourist activity practice, or refusing its
renewal, if a verdict was issued against the practitioner of that activity, in
a crime or a felony violating the public morals and etiquettes or the public
Tourist Guidance and Guide
Article Twenty Four
It is considered a tourist guide every person practicing the tourist guidance
works and explanation of the historical, scientific and artistic landmarks and
the likes, against compensation. It is considered a tourist guide every person
undertakes to accompany tourists in their movements in the different tourist
Article Twenty Five
Without prejudice to any bigger punishment stipulated by the law of penalties,
or in any other law, anyone, who establishes or manages a tourist public area
or proceeds a work among them stipulated in this law, without a permission or
a license, or breaches its rules and decisions issued accordingly, is punished
by a fine not less than five hundred Libyan Dinars and not exceeding one thousand
Libyan Dinars, and it may judge the close of the area for a period not exceeding
Article Twenty Six
Without prejudice to any bigger punishment stipulated in the law of penalties
or in the law No. (3) for year 1995, mentioned above, or in any other law, anyone,
who caused on purpose a gross damage to the tourist sites and areas, is punished
by imprisonment or a fine not less than five thousand Libyan Dinars or by both
thereof. Anyone, who uses the tourist areas, sites or public areas, or act therein
for purposes other than tourist ones, is punished by imprisonment from a period
not exceeding one year, and a fine not exceeding one thousand Libyan Dinars,
with obliging the felon to remove constructions, wastes, damages or other impurities
on his own expenses. The punishment is doubled in case of return.
Article Twenty Seven
The members of the General People's Committee for Tourism, and the employees
to be determined by a decision made by the Secretary of the General People's
Committee for Tourism, will have the capacity of judicial investigation officers
to control the execution of the rules of the law.
Article Twenty Eight
The tourist companies and partnerships and the offices of travel and tourism,
as well as the tourist guides and owners of tourist public areas shall settle
their situations according to the rules of this law within six months as of date
of its coming into force, otherwise, they will be considered as practicing the
profession without license.
Article Twenty Nine
The executive regulation of the rules of this law will be issued by a decision
made by the General People's Committee upon a proposal to be submitted by the
General People's Committee for tourism.
The law No. (44) for year 2000, regarding the tourism, mentioned above, shall
be cancelled, provided that the application of regulations and decisions issued
accordingly, which are not contradicting the rules of this law, shall still in
force until issue of what amends or cancels them.
Article Thirty One
This law shall come into force as of date of its issue, and shall be published
in the legislations record.
Article Thirty Two
In previous article, it is prohibited not adhering to rules of general security &
conduct, noisy acts, actions which citizens dislike.
Article Thirty Three
Cancellation decision does not allow license holder to resume tourism activities.
Parties arranging accommodation for tourists should keep records for tourists
nationalities, period of stay and should be submitted monthly to peoples general
committee of tourism in the shabiat . Article Thirty four Managers of tourism
offices rendering services should submit list of services and prices according
actual costs and classification to the concerned authorities. Article Thirty
five Manager of tourism office rendering housing services announce in the entrance
price list showing prices of accommodation, meals & refreshments and
list should be stamped by peoples general committee of tourism.
Issued in Sirte on 06/03/2004. General Peoples Congress.