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)
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.