Libya Travel Facts

Natural Features: Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa. The country can be divided into 3 physiographic regions. All but two tiny fractions of Libya are covered by Saharan Plateau. Beneath the Surt Basin in the north lie the country's major petroleum deposits. There are no perennial rivers, but extensive underground percolation of water supports the artesian wells and springs.

Travel Around:

Air: Domestic flight is set to pick up in tandem with the resumption of international air travel to Tripoli. Until recently, the domestic flights used the military airbase east of the capital city.
Road: The road system in Libya is excellent, smooth and fast and is supplemented by the reliable and affordable air-con buses and shared taxis.
Driving: Driving is on the right. National licences are valid for 90 days, thereafter a Libyan licence must be obtained.

Passport and Visa: Required, but NOT by the following:

  1. Holders of United Nations Laissez-Passer.
  2. Holders of Nationals Identity Cards issued to nationals of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates & Yemen.
  3. Holders of Palestinian Identity Documents.
  4. Holders of a valid Seaman Book travelling on duty (except Israel). Holders of Seamans Book issued by South Africa accepted, provided seaman is on board a vessel under South African flog.

Visas: Required, but NOT by the following:

  1. Nationals of Libya.
  2. Nationals of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qator, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates & Yemen.
  3. Nationals of United States (including their family members, even if having another nationality) provided they are travelling together and holding a letter from an established company in Libya sponsoring their visit. If family members of United States nationals travel individually the above letter should also confirm that prior arrangements were made with the Libyan Immigration Department to secure entry into Libya.
  4. Those holding a valid re-entry visa.
  5. Transit passengers excluding national of Germany continuing their journey to a third country within 24 hours by same or first connecting aircraft, provided holding tickets with reserved seats and not leaving the airport. However there is no hotel accommodation at the airport.

Recommended Immunisation: diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, TB, tetanus, typhoid. Recommended in some circumstances, seek further advice
Compusory Vacination: yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas.

Religion: Sunni Muslim
Languages: Ar, En, It

Currency: Libyan dinar (LD)
Time: GMT+ 2
International Dialing Code: 218
International Radios: BBC KHz :(daytime) 17640, 15575, 11760, (evening) 15575, 12095,9410
Business Hours: Government offices are open from 0800 to 1400 Monday to Thursday. Friday is a day off.
Public Holidays: Anniversary of the Revolution Day (Sept 1) , Anniversary of the Revolution Day (Sept 1), Evacuation of Foreign Military bases Day (June 11), Day of Mourning (October 26), Declaration of the Jamahiriya Day (March 2)
Electricity: 150/220V AC 50Hz

Last Updated on Wednesday 2nd December 2009