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Libya has everything a tourist looks for in an African travel destination. Known as a classic North African travel destination, it is set along the Mediterranean Sea and is the fourth-largest country on the continent. It is also known for having one of the largest oil reserves in the world.

Libya is considered one of the best places to explore the Sahara Desert; it is also known for its Roman and Greek ruins, prehistoric rock art, caravan towns and even a volcano in the middle of the desert. Regardless how you plan to divide your time, having a comprehensive travel insurance policy allows you to explore and enjoy your trip worry-free.

Travel advice for trips to Libya

All Canadians are required to present a valid passport to enter the country, and the passport must be valid for at least six months after their departure date; travellers whose passport has less than six months remaining may have issues securing a visa. Visas are required for tourists, business travellers and students, and can be obtained at any Libyan embassy. Travellers seeking a tourist visa may be required to be part of a tour group that works with an accredited Libyan travel agency.

Due to extreme civil unrest in Libya since the country’s revolution, it is recommended that you check the travel advisories on the Government of Canada’s website before planning to travel to Libya. Civil unrest, kidnappings and threats of terrorism are possible, and you should take safety very seriously when in the country. Be discreet and dress conservatively, and respect all religious and cultural customs. Photographing military sites or personnel is prohibited.

The economy in Libya is cash-based. The currency is the Libyan dinar (LYD), and only certain currencies can be exchanged to local currency. ABMs are not common. Arabic is the official language of the country, but a number of other languages are spoken by locals, including Tamazight and Italian. English is also used in large cities.

The best time of the year to visit Libya is during spring or autumn. Temperatures from June to September commonly exceed 40°C, and the risk of sandstorms make it difficult to travel.

Where to visit in Libya

Libya has a lot to offer travellers, and there is something for everyone. Most travellers start in the country’s biggest city, Tripoli, which is also the country’s main seaport, with high-quality hotels and countless tourist attractions. If you are into history, visit the Tadrart Acacus mountain run in Ghat; the old port of Sabratha; Leptis Magna, the biggest city of the Roman Empire in Libya; and Cyrene, with Greek-influenced ruins. If you like museums, make sure to visit Assaraya al-Hamra (also referred to as the Red Castle) and Jamahiriya Museum, both in Tripoli. No trip to Libya is complete without a desert excursion into the Sahara.

Choose the right travel insurance coverage for your trip to Libya

Not sure how much travel insurance you need for your trip? Blue Cross offers various travel insurance options to give you sufficient coverage. We provide a number of coverage options, including trip cancellation, emergency medical care, trip delay, lost luggage and more. Learn more about your travel insurance options by contacting us, or get a free quote online now.

General Libya Canada
Continent: Africa
Population (2012): 6,154,623 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 1,759,540 9,984,670
Capital: Tripoli
Currency: Dinar
Official language(s): Arabic
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 0.10 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 0.12 1.23 (2013)

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