Travel to Libya

Libya: travel information

How do you get to Libya?


The international airports of Libya are Tripoli, Benghazi and Sebha.


Currently there are no regular ferry connections for private individuals due to the unstable situation in the country.


roads lead from Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, Chad and Egypt to Libya.

Travel in the country


There are no passenger trains in Libya.


There used to be a regular bus service between Tripoli and Benghazi, and a minibus between Benghazi and Tobruk. Whether the connections still exist cannot be found out – because of the extremely uncertain situation, probably not.

Roads, rental cars

The country’s road network covers around 85,000 km. The main thoroughfare from west to east runs along the coast. Some major roads lead inland, including to Sebha, Ghadames and Kufra. It is difficult for tourists to find their way around when driving because since 1969 only street signs in Arabic have been allowed. Repairs and the purchase of spare parts are generally problematic in the country.

Driving licenses are valid for three months, after which a Libyan driving license must be applied for.

Air connections

Domestic air connections exist between Tripoli and Benghazi, Sebha, Beida, Mersa Brega, Tobruk, Misurata, Ghadames and Kufra.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, the international license plate of Libya is:


Libya: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

To enter Libya, tourists need a valid passport and a visa and must also have sufficient funds for the duration of their stay (at least 500 Libyan dinars; exceptions apply, for example, to package deals, holders of official business visas, etc.). Citizens of Israel, as well as those whose passports contain Israeli visas, will be denied entry and transit.

Entrants are obliged to register with the nearest passport authority within seven days and to indicate their whereabouts on the form provided for this purpose. (For overnight stays in a hotel, this is generally arranged by the hotel reception.) This does not apply to tourists who do not stay in Libya for more than seven days. The registration fee is ten Libyan dinars.

A valid yellow fever vaccination must be proven when entering from a yellow fever infection area.


In view of the desolate situation in Libya, it is almost impossible to visit the country as a tourist.

Import and export of foreign currency

  • Local currencyThe import and export of the local currency is prohibited.
  • Foreign currenciesThere is an obligation to declare the import of foreign currencies. The export is only possible in the amount of the amount declared on entry.

Import and export of goods

The following articles can be imported into Libya duty-free: 200 cigarettes or 250 g cigars or 250 g tobacco and 250 ml perfume. The import of alcoholic beverages and pork products is prohibited.

Libya: travel medicine, vaccinations and warnings

Infectious Diseases

In Libya, the following infectious diseases, which are not or less common in Germany or Central and Northern Europe, are to be expected:

  • Malaria: There is no risk of malaria infection in Libya.
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Kala Azar disease – incidence nationwide
  • Leishmaniasis Disease
  • Polio, polio
  • tetanus
  • rabies
  • typhus

Recommended vaccinations

when traveling to Libya are recommended vaccinations against the following diseases:

  • Diphtheria – a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Hepatitis A and B – a vaccination against hepatitis A should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Polio, polio – vaccination against polio should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Tetanus – a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Rabies – but only for high-risk travelers who can come into contact with the vector animals.
  • Typhoid – but only for travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons older than one year and coming from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against an illness with yellow fever.

Yellow fever vaccination of children

In most countries where a yellow fever vaccination is required, this also applies to children over one year of age, and in some countries even from six months. It should be noted that vaccination against yellow fever had a number of side effects, such as encephalitis. Around two-thirds of those affected were children under six months. Therefore, under no circumstances should children under this age be vaccinated. But children under one year of age should also not be vaccinated if possible. If in doubt, yellow fever infection areas must then be avoided. Any vaccination against yellow fever may only be carried out in specially authorized yellow fever vaccination centers!

Current warnings

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizen Service

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000


Shop opening times In

winter, shops in Libya are usually open from Saturday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and in summer from Saturday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs

Popular souvenirs in Libya are leather goods, spices, metal engravings and jewelry.

Libya: Diplomatic missions

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Libya embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representation of Libya in Germany

Until the fall of Gaddhafi, the Libyan embassy was called: People’s Office of the Libyan Arab People’s Socialist Jamahiriya. The embassy is located in a very beautiful villa in the Podbielskialle in Berlin-Dahlem, in the Steglitz-Zehlendorf district. It should be mentioned that the embassy of Iran is a few 100 m away.

Embassy of Libya

Podbielskiallee 42

14195 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 200 59


German representations in Libya

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tripoli

Sharia Hassan el Mashai

PO Box 302

Tripoli, Libya

Tel: 00218 – (0) 21- 444 8552

00218 – (0) 21- 333 0554


Austrian representations in Libya

Embassy of the Republic of Austria in Tripoli

Shara Khalid Ben Walid/Shara Arismondi

Dahra Area, Garden City


PO Box 3207

Tel: 00218 – (0) 21 – 444 3393

00218 – (0) 21 – 444 3379

Email: tripolis-ob @ bmaa.

Representations of Libya in Austria

Libyan Embassy in Vienna

Blaasstrasse 33

1190 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 367 7639


Swiss representations in Libya

Embassy of Switzerland in Tripoli

El Moussawer Ben Maghzama Street

Bederi Area

Tripoli 10

PO Box 439

Tel: 00218 – (0) 21 – 361 4118/4119


Representations of Libya in Switzerland

Libyan Embassy in Bern

Tavelweg 2

3006 Bern 31

Case postale 633

Tel: 0041 – (0) 31 – 351 3076

0041 – (0) 31 – 350 0122

Travel to Libya