UPDATED NOTE MAY 2014: Tourist visas have been SUSPENDED in Libya for the time being. We will post when they become available once again. The word is that they will be available after the elections in Libya, but those election dates have not yet been set.
FEB. 2014: Tourist visas are definitely available for travel to Libya! Currently they are ONLY for pick-up at the Tripoli Airport upon arrival, and a package tour with a local tour company is required. Overland travel is currently not allowed or recommended and there are restrictions on who can apply. Nationalities that seem to be able to acquire visas for travel to Libya are Europeans, South Americans, Australians, Russians, Japanese, New Zealanders, South Africans, Canadians, and Americans. Safety-wise, travel in and around Tripoli (including Leptis Magna and Sabratha) is what is recommended at this point. Ghadames is also okay if you fly there and do not travel by road. Feel free to contact us for more information. We’d love to help you plan a trip to Libya!
JAN. 2014: We are beginning to get word that tourist visas MAY be available again to Libya with the start of 2014 through the Ministry of Tourism. We do not yet know the details and/or restrictions, but we believe that using a tour company to book your hotel stay, a professional tour guide, and private transportation will likely be required to go along with the tourist visa.
OCT. 2013: Tourist Visas to Libya were suspended in August 2012 and have not yet reopened! Business visas are available (for SOME nationalities) for business travel ONLY, but the price is significantly more expensive.
April 2012: Tourism Visas for Libya are now officially open! Yesterday we had our first visitors to Libya, since the revoultion, come on tourism visas issued through the ministry or tourism in Tripoli. We were pleased with the process and how simply everything went.
Libya Tourist Visa Process
Our visitors provided our tour company a scanned copy of their passports. We then applied directly to the ministry of tourism for their tourist visas. After a few days, we were given a copy of the granted visa letter which was emailed to the visitors. Continue Reading
We were recently made aware of the process needed to obtain a Libyan visa in The Hague, Netherlands, and wanted to make that information available to others. Once your letter of invitation from a host company in Libya is obtained, and your visa number is processed in Tripoli and faxed to The Hague, the following are required: 2 photos, a copy of your passport, and a copy of your ticket (or a letter stating that you are going overland). The stamps cost €60 each, and they’re only open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 until 1 o’clock. They require one week to process things.
Yes!…Tourist visas are back in Libya as of the end of April 2012! Some restrictions do apply though…These new Libya tourist visas will be issued only to those people looking to travel along the north coast of Libya. At this point in time, the Sahara Desert will be off limits to Libya tourists and there may still be a few nationalities for whom we cannot obtain visas. To read more about the procedure for tourist visas, click here.
We do also continue to have a service provider that we have been using that has been able to obtain business visas for those coming to do business in Libya. We realize that the pricing is rather HIGH for business visas, but unfortunately that is the way it is. The price that we have to offer for the 6 month multiple entry visa is US$750 per person…this covers the cost of finding a business to host you to write the visa letter of invitation, which is then taken to the immigration office to obtain an electronic visa number, and is then faxed to the Libyan Embassy of your choice closest to you. You should also realize that there is then the additional cost of having the visa placed in your passport at the Embassy.
Getting a business visa at the airport in Tripoli requires the same process as getting the visas through a Libyan Embassy…you MUST first apply for the stamped and approved letter of invitation through the immigration office in Tripoli using a service provider. Not all service providers are able to have the visa number sent to the airport…in some ways, this is an exception…so be sure to ask ahead of time if this is possible If your visa comes through to be obtained at the airport, you will be sent an electronic copy of the visa letter that you MUST print and carry with you on the plane. Upon arrival in Tripoli, there is an office with glass windows off to the right in the passport control area…you will need to take your passport and the letter there, and they will hand-write the visa to be placed in your passport. The cost for this part of the process in the airport is 100.50 LYD for the one month single entry visa. If needed, they will hold your passport and allow you to go downstairs to the arrival area to exchange money to make this payment.
There are TWO main costs involved in obtaining a business visa for Libya. The first one is the cost for the visa service provider from within Libya, which is what our tour company helps with. SEE OUR LIST OF VISA PRICING! This covers the cost of having the service provider find a local business to “host” you for your letter of invitation to Libya, taking your passport to the immigration office in Tripoli, applying for the electronic visa number, and having that number faxed to the Libyan Embassy of your choice. The second cost that you will have to cover SEPARATELY is that of actually getting the visa itself stamped in your passport at the Libyan Embassy of your choice. Depending on the length of the visa (one month single entry vs. 6 month multiple entry), the cost can vary between US$80-US$250.
We just wanted to update our readers with the most current visa information from those collecting their visas in London. The fee is 100GBP for the actual visastamp; they accept passports for visas on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10-12:30 in the morning; the passports have to be delivered in person, but it sounds like one person can take multiple in; there is a form that has to be filled out as well; and once they have the passport it’s a 48 turn around. One can either pick up the completed passport after the 48 hours or provide them with a registered mail, self addressed envelope and they will drop it in the mail when it’s completed, returned within 24 hours of posting.
For those looking to get a Libya Business Visa, please check out our page on pricing and proceedure.