Local travel in Libya - What to know before you go

Many foreign governments are recommending that their citizens do not travel to Libya because of the ongoing conflict following the blood-soaked war to oust the Gadaffi dictatorship.

You should take heed of those warnings in making your decision to travel to Libya at this time. be aware those warnings may also have severe implications for your travel insurance. Talk to your insurance provider about your plans to travel to Libya.

The roads to the Tunisian and Libyan borders are currently open, but ongoing conflict could cause these roads to close without warning.

Due to the ongoing military operations, you should not travel at night. Although road conditions are reasonable throughout Libya, driving standards are poor and the volume of traffic is heavy. Wind-blown sand can reduce visibility quickly.

Visitors are required to carry identification documents at all times.

Libya is a cash society and credit card use is extremely limited. Travellers' cheques are not accepted and the number of ATMs is extremely limited. You should use official money exchange counters or banks as penalties can be imposed for transactions with unauthorised currency dealers.

Make two photocopies of valuables such as your passport, tickets, visas and travellers' cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.

While travelling, don't carry too much cash and remember that expensive watches, jewellery and cameras may make you a target for petty theft.

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