Travel Advice for Libya
Libya
Capital: Tripoli

Time Zone GMT + 1
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 218
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not present.
Tourist
Information
Department of Tourism and Fairs, PO Box 891, Sharia Omar Mukhtar, Tripoli, Libya,
Tel: (21) 333 2255 Telex: 20179
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all, except holders of Palestinian identity documents or ID issued to nationals of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Consult embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa Required by all except nationals of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen who must hold a 'No Objection' certificate or return tickets. NOTE: Very difficult to obtain tourist visas.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : A small risk exists in certain areas.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required for visitors arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Cholera and Rabies are present.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Take locals advice.
Currency Libyan Dinar (LD) = 100 Dirhams.
NOTE: Import and export of local currency is prohibited.
Visa and Diners Club have a limited acceptance. Travellers cheques in US dollars are widely accepted.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Libya has great internal wealth. Libya is slowly reconstructing links with the international community.
Languages Arabic - some English and Italian.
Weather The climate is warm all year round. It can be cool in the evenings. Some rainfall Nov-Feb.
Electricity 150/220 Volts AC, 50 Hz. There are many power cuts.
Post Takes approximately 2 weeks to Europe, can be erratic and unreliable.
Transport ROAD: Petrol is available but spare parts are difficult to obtain. Driving standards are poor.
TAXI: Fares should be agreed in advance.
CAR HIRE: Available in Tripoli and Benghazi.
Special
Information
Because of the situation of global and regional insecurity at present, travellers should exercise extreme caution and make only necessary journeys to this country. If you intend to travel depite this advice you should be aware that diplomatic relations are only slowly being restored with Libya and the international community. Travellers can expect travel arrangements to be a little slow. Great care should be exercised in using cameras.