How to Apply OEC Certificate in Libya

If you’re an OFW in Libya, securing your OEC involves two processes. Since the Philippine government has issued a deployment ban to Libya, there are other things to consider and conditions to meet before acquiring your OEC. So if you’re wondering how to get OEC in Libya, read our in-depth guide as we share the documents to comply with and the process for OEC issuance.

Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is an essential document issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or renamed as the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) to first-time and returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). This document certifies that the worker has legal work abroad and serves as an exit clearance OFWs should present to immigration officers before allowing them to depart the Philippine airport.

Moreover, OEC holders are entitled to travel tax, terminal fees exemption, and reduced travel tax for their spouses and dependents. Thus, OFWs in Libya are encouraged to get their OEC when vacationing in the Philippines and returning to their job site to fulfill or extend their employment contract.

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For OFWs working in Libya who are planning to vacation in the Philippines and will return to their job site afterward, especially in the oil and gas industry, you should secure an Exemption Certificate before heading to the Philippines. This document is essential for OEC issuance at DMW and valid the same year obtained or until your employment contract expires.

Requirements for Certificate of Exemption at the Philippine Embassy in Libya

To get a Certificate of Exemption at the Philippine Embassy in Libya, submit the following requirements:

  • Employment Contract
  • Letter or Employment Certificate issued by the Company stating the Hiring Date, Work Place, and the Distance from Tripoli
  • Copies of valid Passport, Residence Visa, and Exit and Reentry Visa
  • For OFWs deployed after 2016, you should submit a copy of your first Entry Visa to Libya and Sworn Statement indicating how you obtained employment
  • Company master list of Filipino employees
  • Payment of LYD35.00

Additional OEC Requirements

During the application for the Certificate of Exemption at the Philippine Embassy in Libya, OFWs should submit the following additional OEC requirements as these should be attached to the Certificate of Exemption to prevent inconvenience when securing OEC at DMW:

  • Letter from the Employer, indicating request of OFW to return
  • Certificate of Salaries and benefits
  • Medical and Life Insurance
  • Contingency Plan
  • Guarantee of immediate repatriation based on submitted Contingency Plan;
  • Undertakings from Employer on the following:
    • OFWs salary should be in US dollars or Euro and not Libyan Dinars
    • Employers are solidarity liable for unpaid or delayed salaries
    • Employers are directly (not contracted, outsourced, or subcontracted)
    • employed by esteemed national companies under the National Oil Corporation
    • OFW’s nature of work shouldn’t involve going to remote oil, gas, and water fields

The stated requirements above should be in Original and 2-photocopies. The original ​​​copy is for DMW and Certified True Copy for the Bureau of Immigration.

OEC Requirements in DMW

Aside from the requirements for the Certificate of Exemption, here are the following requirements for OEC issuance in DMW:

  • Present Labor Contract in English (If Arabic, provide English translation)
  • Valid working visa in Libya
  • Photocopy of Passport containing Libya’s exit stamp and Philippines entry stamp

Requirements for POLO Employment Contract Verification

Furthermore, OFWs in Libya who needs to verify their Labor Contract by POLO before returning to the Philippines should submit the following:

  • Present Labor Contract in English (If Arabic, provide English translation); the contract should be latest or 2018 onwards (original and a photocopy)
  • Valid working visa in Libya (original and a photocopy)
  • Photocopy of valid Passport

Processing Fees

Before the OEC issuance, here are the applicable fees you should settle at the Philippine Embassy in Libya or DMW offices in the Philippines:

  • Certificate of Exemption fee of LYD35.00
  • POLO Employment Contract Verification fee of LYD14.00
  • OEC pressing fee of P100 (payable at any DMW office)


To know whether or not you’re qualified to get an OEC, check if you fall under the following:

  • OFWs who acquired work from an overseas Employer or Sponsor via direct hiring
  • OFWs who acquired employment via a recruitment agency
  • OFWs hired via DMW’s Government Placement Branch (GBP)
  • OFWs with existing DMW database records and returning to the same job site after vacationing with an employment contract or working visa
  • OFWs with existing DMW database record returning to the same employer but in a different job site
  • OFWs without DMW database records or changes employers on-site

Nonetheless, Filipinos with the following status no longer have to get their OEC, as per DMW:

  • Immigrant
  • Permanent Resident
  • Dependent/Spouse of Foreign National
  • Intra-Company Transferee
  • Vacationing OFWs visiting other countries, except their job site
  • Trainee
  • US J1 Visa holder/ Cultural Exchange Programs
  • Other Non-OFW Status as evaluated

How to Book an OEC Appointment in Libya

If you’re qualified to get an OEC and obtained your Certificate of Exemption in Libya, the next thing to do is to book an OEC appointment with any DMW offices in the Philippines. But first off, you should register an account on POPS-BaM to book an OEC appointment. And if you don’t have an account yet, follow the steps below to register on POPS-BaM:

How to Register on POPS-BaM (For New Users)

  1. Visit the DMW Online Services Portal/POPS-BaM website.
  2. On the e-Registration section, click Let’s Go and Register.
  3. Check the I Accept the Terms of Use.
  4. Fill out the required fields and click Register.
  5. Check your registered email on POPS-BaM and copy the provided Temporary Password.
  6. Input the Temporary Password and change it to your chosen password.
  7. Once you’ve logged in, click My Profile on the right of the dashboard.
  8. Fill out the required details.
  9. Double-check your account details and click Update Profile.
  10. Fill out the Identification Details.
  11. Input your Beneficiary details.
  12. Upload a Profile Picture and a copy of your Passport to finish the account setup.

How to book an OEC Appointment in POPS-BaM

After creating a POPS-BaM account, ensure to complete and review your employment details or update any changes if necessary to proceed with booking an OEC appointment. For those with old BM accounts, you can also transfer your records on POPS-BaM by visiting the DMW website. Look for the DMW Helpdesk section and click Transfer old BM record. Then, follow the steps below to book an OEC appointment:

  1. Visit the DMW Online Services Portal/POPS-BaM website.
  2. On the e-Registration, click Let’s Go and log in.
  3. On the dashboard, click Balik Manggagawa under My Links and click Next.
  4. If your profile is incomplete, provide the required data to proceed.
  5. Input your flight date and click Next.
  6. If you’re not a Balik Manggagawa or not returning to the same employer and job site, answer NO to the questions to proceed with the booking.
  7. Update the details on your contract and click Submit.
  8. Choose a Processing Site and click Next.
  9. Take a screenshot or print your confirmed POPS-BaM appointment form.

How to Apply for OEC in Libya

While the Philippine Embassy issued a deployment ban, it’s unclear if returning OFWs in Libya can get OEC at POLO. But on a Facebook post of the Philippine Embassy in Libya, OFWs can process their Certificate of Exemption at the Embassy, and processing the OEC should be done at DMW. Thus, OFWs in Libya should book an appointment at their chosen POEA office in the Philippines for OEC issuance. You can also contact the Philippines Embassy in Libya for the latest process of OEC issuance.

How to Get OEC Online in Libya

For OFWs returning to the same employer and job site and returning workers hired by GBP, you’re qualified for the OEC exemption and can get your OEC online via POPS-BaM. It exempts you from visiting POLO or DMW, and you no longer have to pay the OEC processing fee. And to get OEC online, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the DMW Online Services Portal/POPS-BaM website.
  2. On the e-Registration section, click Let’s Go and log in.
  3. If your account details are incomplete, provide the missing data to continue.
  4. Input your Flight Date and click Next.
  5. Answer Yes to the questions to confirm you’re a Balik Mangggagawa or a worker returning to the same employer and job site.
  6. Print your OEC online and ensure to only request your OEC within 60 days of your return flight date.


For more details on OEC, please watch the video below:

As discussed in the video, Filipinos who are permanent immigrants or temporary visitors vacationing in the Philippines and returning abroad don’t have to go to DMW and are exempt from OEC. So even if they’re on continuous contract renewal, OEC is no longer needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please check out these common questions and answers about the process of getting an OEC in Libya:

1. How can I get an OEC exemption in Libya?

To get an OEC exemption in Libya, log in to POPS-BaM and print your OEC online.

2. How can I book an OEC appointment online?

To book an OEC appointment online, log in to POPS-BaM and click Balik Manggagawa. Then, follow the steps above to book an OEC appointment via POPS-BaM.

3. Can I get OEC in Libya without an appointment?

Booking an appointment is necessary when applying for OEC at DMW or POLO.

4. Can I get OEC at the airport?

If you’re on emergency leave or have confirmed flight booking, you can get an OEC at the Philippine airport.

5. How long is OEC valid?

OEC is valid for 60 days.

6. How much is the OEC fee in Libya?

The OEC fee is P100.

7. Can I get OEC without OWWA membership?

You need an active OWWA membership for OEC issuance.


To sum up, OFWs returning to Libya should undergo two procedures to get their OEC. First, they must secure a Certificate of Exemption from the Philippine Embassy in Libya. Then, process their OEC at any DMW offices in the Philippines.

On the other hand, it is ideal to contact the Embassy and DMW to determine the latest procedure for OEC issuance since their website and Facebook page contain few details.

Contact Details

Philippine Embassy Tripoli, Libya
Operating Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday to Thursday
Address: East Janzour, Tripoli, Libya
Telephone Numbers: +218 944 541 283, +218 926 976 523
Facebook Page:

Google Map Location

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