Dangers & Annoyances

There is nowhere in Libya that is currently considered safe to travel. Terrorist attacks and the threat of kidnapping remain extremely high across the country. Although fighting is not constant everywhere, car bombings and the escalation of tensions into outright military conflict are a serious risk.

Electricity

220V to 240V AC, 50Hz; plugs are mostly of the mainland-European two-pin type, although the three-pin UK plugs are also common.

Media

Private media outlets have proliferated in the years since the fall of the Qaddafi regime which strictly controlled the media and freedom of expression. Up to 20 local TV channels, as well as hundreds of Arabic-language newspapers and radio stations, operate alongside satellite services which beam international channels into Libyan homes. Given the divided nature of Libyan society, many forms of media serve as propaganda tools for the forces that control each area of the country.

In the 2016 Press Freedom Index released by NGO Reporters Without Borders (www.rsf.org), Libya ranked 164th out of 180 countries, and Libya remains one of the most dangerous places for journalists on the planet.

Weights & Measures

  • Weights & Measure The metric system is used.