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Libya FAQ & Information
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
- Nationals of Asian, African (except South Africa) and Middle Eastern countries and Switzerland cannot obtain a visa for Libya.
Libya uses what it terms a visa-on-arrival system. However, you must be in possession of a visa authority approving your visa prior to your arrival in Libya.
A certified Arabic translation of your passport details must be imprinted in the passport. In the UK the following translation agency will assist you. Please contact the translator regarding delivery of passport and payment before sending your passport.
22 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3JE
Mr Emad Qweitin (Director)– 07956 238129
Mr. Mustafa Qweitin (Director) - 07957 391043
Travcour (UK) Ltd www.travcour.com who charge £62 (inc. service fee + postage)
Once you have the Arabic translation in your passport, you must send us your completed form with a good quality emailed scan of:
1. The translated page with certification stamp.
2. The photo page of your passport
The scan should be at same size clearly showing your photo and not less than 100dpi. We cannot accept faxed copies. We do not need your passport.
We must receive the scans at least four weeks prior to tour start date, but you may send them at any time before that if you wish.
The visa authority will be issued approximately 3-4 days before tour start date. We will email the authority to you, which specifies your date of entry, and you must print it out to show at airline check-in and also to passport control on arrival.
If you are arriving by land from Egypt the same procedure applies however your visa will be issued upon arrival at the land border with Egypt with the group. Our Libyan representative who will assist us with this process will meet us at the border.
You must have at least one clear page in your passport (preferably two) on arrival in Libya for the Libyan visa exit/entry stamps and passport registration.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your date of departure from Libya. There must be no indication in your passport of a visit to Israel. This includes not only Israeli entry or exit stamps but also any Egyptian or Jordanian entry or exit stamps at their road borders with Israel. There is no problem if you arrived and departed Egypt or Jordan by air or by any other land border except Israel.
Please note that independent travel is not permitted in Libya, so transfers and accommodation must be booked and paid for for any pre-tour arrivals or post-tour departures. (Arrival transfers are included in the trip price).
A tourist visa will not be issued to anyone holding a passport or Arabic translation listing occupation in the media (e.g. journalist).
- LIBYA (NORTH AFRICAN DISCOVERY):
Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: Yes - in advance
Canada: Yes - in advance
Germany: Yes - in advance
Ireland: Yes - in advance
Netherlands: Yes - in advance
New Zealand: Yes - in advance
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: ***VISA NOT AVAILABLE***
United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
USA: Yes - in advance
Intrepid will help with organising your Libyan visa. The actual visa is obtained on the border into Libya and arranged by our Libyan agent. In order to process your Libya visa we require a clear scanned (no photocopies or faxes) copy of the photo page of your passport.
Please provide your scanned copy of your passport at least 30 days prior to the trip departure. You need to email both of these to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
For Australian clients we can recommend the following translator who is authorised by the Libyan Embassy:
Ms. Khawla Alkhazraji
17 Weavers Crescent
Ph: 040 220 7983
For UK clients we recommend the Arab British Chamber of Commerce translator service:
43 Upper Grosvenor Street
London, W1K 2NJ
Tel: 020 7235 4363
Fax: 020 7245 6688
We also MUST have both your age and your occupation and this information must be provided to our sales staff after you make the initial booking.
The visa is then organised within Libya and you are not required to send your passport on to any embassies to get the visa organised. Our Libyan operator will meet the Intrepid group at the Egyptian/Libyan border and arrange for your visa to be stamped into your passport there.
Please note that it won't be possible to enter Libya with Israeli stamps in your passport or any other evidence of having visited Israel such as departure stamps from Jordan/Egypt from borders with Israel.
IMPORTANT: As of Feb 2010 Libya no longer issues visas to citizens of Switzerland.
- Most nationalities require a visa for Libya. The process for obtaining visas is quite complex, and requires your personal details entered into your passport in Arabic. The process takes at least 4 weeks, and the total cost including service fees is around GBP75. Please go to http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/Libya.pdf for full details.
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