Libya Says No Visas for Most European Nations

February 16, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi at a World Summit on Food Security on Nov. 16, 2009, in Rome, Italy. (Alessandro Bianchi/AFP/Getty Images)
Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi at a World Summit on Food Security on Nov. 16, 2009, in Rome, Italy. (Alessandro Bianchi/AFP/Getty Images)
Libya has stopped issuing visas to citizens from the majority of European nations, after officials in the country vowed reprisals following a diplomatic spat with Switzerland.

Diplomats told media on Monday that Libya has barred visitors from the 25-country Schengen zone and three other countries, including Switzerland.

During the weekend a Libyan newspaper reported that Switzerland had drawn up a visa blacklist that included Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his family. The newspaper said the North African country was planning on taking "severe measures" in response.