How to Get a Tourist Visa for Libya

Libya Tourist Visa

Libya Tourist Visa

If you’re like me and like to go “off-the-beaten track” to countries where most people wouldn’t dare to go, you need to add Libya to your bucket list. Libya has long been a place of great beaches and delicious Mediterranean flavors. I will warn you that, yes the political situation in Libya is anything but stable,  but travel to Libya is still possible for citizens of just about every country in the world.

Similar to the process for getting the tourist visa for North Korea (yes, almost anybody can go to North Korea as well), Libya requires tourists to apply for a visa through a licensed tour operator. If you do a search online, you will find several reputable Libya tour agencies.

The tour agency in Libya has the responsibility for filing all of your paperwork with the Libya Immigration Department, who will issue a letter (in Arabic) that you will need to bring with you on your trip. This letter is your official authorization for a visa upon entry into Libya.

By the way, if you want real Libya tourism information, just go to wikitravel and do a search.  I’m cheap and do not like to invest in expensive guidebooks.  Having traveled to more countries than I can count, this website normally always does the trick for me (in addition to asking for friends for tips, but almost none of my friends have gone to the places I desire to go to).

Go to my Libya visa page for information on the different types of visas for Libya.

I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting the Libya Tourist Visa.

Visa required for U.S. citizens before you go to Libya: Yes.

Visa required for non-U.S. citizens before you go to Libya: Required by all foreign nationals.

Book a tour package

If you do a search online, you will find several reputable Libya tour operators licensed to process visas at the Libya Ministry. Below are some examples

Gather documentation

After you book your tour, the tour company will ask you to send a scanned copy of your passport, travel dates, roundtrip ticket, and contact information (i.e. the usual stuff).

Bring your authorization on your trip

Your tour company will process your paperwork with the Libyan authorities and will then e-mail or fax to you (within 4 to 15 days), a letter in Arabic authorizing you to enter Libya.  Don’t forget to carry this with you.

Get your registration stamp

Your tour company will normally handle this for you.

Congratulations! That’s it!
Vaccination information

Don’t get sick!  Check vaccination requirements here.

Photo Credits: Tripoli Municipal Beach (Libya).

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