Banking, Money and Taxes in Libya


Expat banking in Libya is non-existent at this time. In line with Libya's past policy of isolationism, opening a bank account is a right reserved for Libyan nationals and Libyan companies.

expat banking in libyaConsequently, most expats have their salary paid off-shore and remit only what they need into Libya.

The nation is currently trying to stimulate foreign investment, and in February 2010 announced an invitation to foreign banks to set up subsidiaries within Libyan borders.
 
Libya is a cash economy and credit cards are seldom used. There are a limited number of ATMs in Tripoli and Benghazi, run by foreign banks charging high rates for use. Some of these machines accept only VISA while others will take both VISA and Mastercard.

Expats withdrawing money in Libya from off-shore banks will want to arrange accounts with major international players; many of the small credit union banks have trouble connecting with the ATMs in Libya. Furthermore, it is advised to set a maximum daily limit on the ATM card before relocation as a precaution against theft.

Money can easily be wired into Libya using Western Union and MoneyGram, although transaction limits apply.

When leaving Libya to go to another country for a vacation, be sure to get a receipt for any money exchanged at the bank. Sometimes, in an attempt to minimise money laundering, the airport authorities will ask if you are taking any Libyan currency or even other currencies out of the country.
 
There is no direct taxation on expat employee salaries in Libya, but you will need to declare your income in your country of origin and pay the required percentage of tax there.

Search Expat Arrivals

Become our local expat expert for your area!

Expat Arrivals is looking for contributors to make this the ultimate guide for international expats.

If you are an established expat who could make time to write useful information for expats in your city and answering forum questions from new and prospective expats, please contact us.

As our local expert you can have your profile showing on each page you publish, and will have an option to promote your website or blog.


Got a question about your new country?