§ The Minister for Citizenship and Immigration (Beverley Hughes)
Changes in the way visas are issued to Libyan nationals came into effect on 1 December 2003. Libyan nationals coming to the UK in any capacity other than for marriage were previously granted a maximum of six months leave to enter. This restriction has now been lifted. There will no longer be a distinction between Libyan nationals and the nationals of other countries who require a visa to come here.
Restrictions on visas were the last of a range of immigration measures taken in relation to Libya to remain in force. They have been lifted as a reflection of the improved bilateral relationship between the United Kingdom and Libya, which has seen the recent agreement on Lockerbie. The Government continue to support the Metropolitan Police in seeking Libyan assistance with their investigation into the murder of WPC Fletcher.