Libya Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Libya

Where is it?: Libya lies in north Africa on the Medeterranean Sea.

Why do people go here?: People don’t go to Libya! However, given that the travel ban has been lifted, this will slowly become one of the north Africa’s number one destinations

What are the main entry points?: There are flights into Tripoli from Europe.

Currency used: Dinar

Country Code for Phones: 218

Area codes for Major Cities: Benghazi 61, Tripoli 21

Religion: Islam 97%, Christianity 2%, Others 1%

Population: 6.4 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Arab-Berber 100%

Government: Jamahiriya (authoritarian)

Languages: Arabic

Travel Information

Major Cities: Tripoli, Benghazi

Attractions: Ghadhames, Leptis Magna

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Tocra, Cyrene

Health Issues: No major health risks

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Much like Egypt, Libya has very hot summers and consequently it’s best to visit in the winter between November and February

Common Phrases: Greetings: Salam Aleikum, Greetings (response): wa aleikum as-salam, Thank You: Shukran, How much?: kem?, Yes: nam, No: nam

Specific Events/Holidays: Declaration of the Jamahiriya Day: March 2, Evacuation of Foreign Military Bases Day: June 11, Anniversary of the Revolution Day: September 1, Day of Mourning: October 26

Getting Around: An efficient bus systems links all major cities

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Libya is the Tripoli International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Libya travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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