How to Visit Libya in 2024

If you plan to visit Libya in the near future, you might find very little information on how to visit Libya as a tourist.

This is the reason for why we wrote this blog.

How to Visit Libya in 2024

If you plan to visit Libya in the near future, you might find very little information on how to visit Libya as a tourist.

This is the reason for why we wrote this blog.

Hi, we’re Rach & Marty!

We’ve visited every country in the world and want to help you get the most out of your travels!

Whether you need an expertly planned itinerary, some experienced hints and tips, or just craving a delicious food adventure, we’ve got you covered!

Hi, we’re Rach & Marty!

We’ve visited every country in the world and want to help you get the most out of your travels!

Whether you need an expertly planned itinerary, some experienced hints and tips, or just craving a delicious food adventure, we’ve got you covered!

Hi, we’re Rach & Marty!

We’ve visited every country in the world and want to help you get the most out of your travels!

Whether you need an expertly planned itinerary, some experienced hints and tips, or just craving a delicious food adventure, we’ve got you covered!

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This country has some incredible sights to offer, especially the Roman Cities of Sabratha and Leptis Magna, but it remains one of the least visited countries for tourism.

Tourism was limited during the time of Gaddafi, but after the Arab Spring in 2011, it has been paralyzed by the ongoing conflict. 

How to visit Libya? Here are a few points to consider first:

Libya and “Do Not Travel Warning”

First of all, almost every government has a warning in place to not visit Libya.

This means in most cases your travel insurance will be invalid and your embassy won’t be able to assist you on the ground in case of emergency.

The ongoing conflict in Libya and the instability of the government means Libya is really only suitable for experienced travellers. 

Why go to Libya?

Libya has 5 UNESCO Heritage sights, Mediterranean coastlines, Berber villages, and unique desert landscapes.

Tripoli is the capital city and feels more like a mixture of Turkey and the Middle East cities.

And Libya also has some great food.

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How to visit Libya – A tour agency will take care of you on the ground

Do you need a visa for Libya? 

Passports and visas are required to enter Libya for all nationalities except nationals of Algeria, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.

As Libya does not currently issue a tourist visa, the only option is to apply for a business visa.

If you are maybe working in the construction industry, oil and gas, or are a diplomat, you might be able to visit Libya for work and add a few days to your itinerary to see some sights. 

However, if you are planning a trip to Libya as a tourist, you will still need to get your business visa, and for that, you need the help of an agency.

In order to apply for a Libyan visa, you will require an invitation letter from Libya, and this is something the company takes care of on the ground.

It usually takes about 5-7  business days for the invitation letter to be issued and it will also be sent to the embassy where you will apply for your Libyan visa.

There are only a few Libyan Embassies, so best to check where you would apply.

Some suggestions include Rome, London, Washington, Canberra, or Dubai.

Here is the full list of Libyan embassies.

How to visit Libya Tripoli
Our hotel in Tripoli – How to visit Libya

How to visit Libya with a tour company?

Currently, two different contacts/tour agencies organise tours in Libya.

Most travellers visit for 3-5 days as you are limited to what you can visit in Libya.

Your tour will most likely include Tripoli and Tripoli Medina and a visit to the Roman City of Leptis Magna.

You can add a visit to the other Roman city of Sabratha as well as the Berber villages in the Nafusa Mountains plus a visit to the ancient granary Qasr al-hajj.

Finally, you might choose a trip to the desert town of Ghadames.

Two local agencies that may be able to offer you assistance on how to visit Libya.

Sherwes Travel

Offers 3-5 days packages to Libya.

Contact: Ibrahim Usta Email: [email protected][email protected]

Overseas Customer Service: +46708454361 (WhatsApp)

Wadi Smalos Tourism Services

Offers 3-5 days packages to Libya but can also arrange a visit to the desert town of Ghadames

Contact: Abubaker Abusahmen Email: [email protected]

+218913633082 (WhatsApp)

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How to visit Libya from Tunis

The best way to get to Libya is by flight from Tunis to Tripoli.

Tunis Air as well as Libyan Wings fly this route daily.

As you have to book Libyan wings through an agency, your contact on the ground will organise your flights and e-tickets.

A final word about how to visit Libya

Read more about what it’s like visiting Libya, one of the least visited countries in the world. We visited Libya in November 2021.

You may also be interested to discover the 10 most popular foods from Libya.

Travel Tips for Africa

We have many travel guides and tips for Africa – what a massive continent!

Have you ever wondered how many countries in Africa there are? 54 or 55? We cover them in depth in our ultimate Africa bucket list.

There is some delicious cuisine to be enjoyed across Africa, and these ten best African countries for food will inspire your food journey.

Check out how many of these 15 most popular foods you can taste.

If you’re wondering what they eat for breakfast in Africa, check out these 20 popular breakfast foods.

For food lovers, our Food Map of AFRICA lists the quintessential dish you need to eat in every nation!

It’s worth reading these 17 ESSENTIAL Things to know before travelling to West Africa, and our packing list for Africa may be helpful to you.

Don’t miss our recap of our travels across West Africa for even more helpful tips, and try these popular West African dishes; they’re fantastic!

You’ll need to stay connected while travelling in Africa. We recommend eSIM. It’s easy, reliable and affordable. View eSIMs for individual countries in Africa, or consider a regional eSIM for Africa (which covers 36 countries)

If your travels in Africa are part of a much larger global adventure, then a Global eSIM may be the answer. It connects you in 124 countries, offering data-only eSIM and data/call/text Global eSIM. This eSIM has been a game-changer for us, and we couldn’t imagine travelling without it now.

If you want to travel with like-minded travellers, consider joining a group tour. View the best deals on group tours in Africa.

Check out our best-ever travel tips compiled from more than twenty years of experience.

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3 Comments. Leave new

  • Great blog!

    Looking to plan a trip to Libya and wondering what is the ideal amount of time to spend in Libya? Is it possible to travel the Ghadames?

    Reply
    • Thank you, Karen. Yes, it might be possible to travel to Ghadames. Get in touch with one of the travel agencies to find out if they could organise a trip there as it depends on the current situation. You might need 5 days to see everything in Libya that is currently accessible for visitors.

      Reply
  • I would like to visit Libya, if possible for me to go there.

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