Is anyone in Libya right now?
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jan 16, 2013 6:29 AM Last Post By: roro
Oct 21, 2012 2:46 PM
Is anyone in Libya right now?Hello Everyone,
Is anyone in Libya right now? It seems like all I hear are rumors and tall tales about things going on over there. I have been to Egypt but never Libya and am trying to decide whether to go now or not. I'd like to see things as they are changing but if it is too dangerous then I won't go.
the banjo man
Oct 26, 2012 5:29 PM
1Not there, have one friend there. As for visa, Libya suspended tourist visa few weeks ago and I heard nothing about revision of that decision yet. Rumours you heard about security situation are mostly overblown, but sometimes they are not.
If you happen to be there, dont go where locals/officials/militiamen tell you not to go and you´ll be fine, coastal area is safe. South is off-limits (designed as military area or something like that after tribal clashes in Sabha) so you wouldn´t get there even if you wanted to. Getting to Misrata depends on the mood of patrolling militiamen, worst case scenario is that you´ll have to turn around. Same with Nafusa mountains. Folks are really friendly, though.
Also you might want to check out with this company
send them e-mail about current visa status and other things. Because unlike in Egypt, in case of tourist visa Ministry of Tourism will appoint you a guide.
Edited by: kalerab
Oct 28, 2012 3:52 AM
2Yes, I am here in Libya...located in Tripoli. Life continues to move forward here. I agree with what kalerab mentioned in that the northern, coastal road is the area that is recommended for travel right now...the south is still off-limits for tourist travel. They don't seem to be in too much of a hurry to bring back tourist visas, but I continue to ask and will try and post as soon as anything changes on that. Many nationalities can get in on business visas, even just for travel, although there are some restrictions.
Oct 28, 2012 5:10 AM
Oct 30, 2012 2:49 PM
4Maybe this is the right moment to go to Libya. It's basically safe in Tripoli and in its environs. You can visit Leptis Magna, Sabratha and many other wonderful places along the coast. Perhaps next year you will not be able to visit the coast (or the country, for that matter) because of increased violence. So my advice is to go to Libya right now!! We will never know about tomorrow...
Nov 16, 2012 9:23 PM
5Hello, Does anyone know the dinar- dollar street rate in Tripoli? Thanks!
Nov 17, 2012 1:59 AM
6Out of the ATM machines, it seems the rate has been anywhere between 1.22-1.25 to the US dollar over the past several months. If you exchange cash ($50 or $100 bills) at the gold market in the old medina, you can get a higher rate...between 1.29-1.32 to the dollar, depending on the day. Hope this helps!
Nov 18, 2012 12:34 AM
Nov 18, 2012 12:35 AM
Dec 15, 2012 3:25 PM
I have just come back from a week in Libya. The key to visiting Libya is to get a visa. At the moment only business visas are available.Cost is GBP100 in advance and Libyan Dinars100 on arrival. I arranged my visa through a Libyan travel agent called Tidwa Tourism Services Their e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. The contact there is Masoud and he is a friend of Temehu who is recommended by Lonely Planet. I sent Masoud a scanned copy of my passport information page and he arranged a visa(a very unofficial looking document) which I presented on arrival.The Libyan immigration official matched this document with their records and put a stamped visa in my passport at their desk.
Once you arrive, you would usually go with this tour company and tell them what you want to see. The tour company will take you to different parts of Libya. For one week, I paid GBP 969.00 which included all travel, meet and drop off at hotel, hotel room and breakfast, entry fees and unlimited amounts of coffee at the many coffee shops.. Travel included trips to Zabrata, Zuwia, Leptis Magna, Yufrien and several other cities as weel as walkng anddd riving all around Tripoli.
I did not find any of the places the slightest bit dangerous. I felt very safe at all times even walking around Tripoli at night by myself.
You must remember that the country is in transition and some places are still not open(eg museums) and do not expect the same standards as western countries especially the driving and smoking.It is well worth the trouble to visit and very rewarding to meet the people who are very friendly and happy to see foreigners
Dec 17, 2012 12:05 AM
Dec 17, 2012 12:18 AM
11I don't know about Kufra, but I do know of people who have traveled domestically to Benghazi from Tripoli recently. There are multiple flights a day from Tripoli to Benghazi on a couple different airlines. Flights are often delayed, but they do seem to go eventually.
And yes, business visas are still the only option available, and some business visas seems to be more "legally obtained" than others...but it's still hard to know exactly how the system works since the new government is still getting its feet on the ground in many ways. The new minister of tourism is in place now, and there is "talk" of tourist visas coming back again...but of course no one has any idea when exactly that will materialize.
Edited by: JillWilson
Jan 16, 2013 6:29 AM
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