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Old 8 Jun 2008
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Egypt ,Libya ,Tunisia,France and more

Hi
planning motorbike trip (Honda Africa twin ) starting from Egypt ,then to Libya ,Tunisia ,France ,and maybe go to Germany then thinking to ride back by Turkey ,Syria,Jordan
if any one will be around we can meet for a drink or ride part of the road together
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safe ride all
Omar
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Hi Omar,
How do you plan to do Libya? Do you have to have an escort on a bike?
I did hear that if you go the coast road on a bike you don't need the escort. Is that true?
I have been looking at going from Saudi through Egypt,Libya,Tunisia ferry to Italy,France then England. Not sure when, depends on my contract.
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Ian
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On the 13th of July I'm leaving from Marseille to Tunis on my ktm and I should arrive in Alexandria around the 20th of July. I've half of my family living there and in Cairo. I would be happy to meet you or to help you with the French part of your trip.
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On the 13th of July I'm leaving from Marseille to Tunis on my ktm and I should arrive in Alexandria around the 20th of July. I've half of my family living there and in Cairo. I would be happy to meet you or to help you with the French part of your trip.
so you got relatives lives in Alex? cool
where do you live in france?
and hope to meet some where on the road
please i need to get infos about the ferry boat ,it seems to be very expensive ,i want to get from Tunisia to Marseille, if you can help me about the cheapest one will be great
sure i can meet your family or friends here if they want any help
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my mail is omarmansourrathotmaildotcom
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moments to be prud that you are Egyptian

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Hi Omar,
How do you plan to do Libya? Do you have to have an escort on a bike?
I did hear that if you go the coast road on a bike you don't need the escort. Is that true?
I have been looking at going from Saudi through Egypt,Libya,Tunisia ferry to Italy,France then England. Not sure when, depends on my contract.
Cheers
Ian
Hi Ian
well its one of those moments to be proud that i,m Egyptian
as usualy we dont need visa to go to Libya -Sudan-Jorand and Syria
but they change it like few month ago ,so Egyptian need visa now to go to Libya ,
but they dont need any escrort or convoy to ride / drive in Libya
i will chack when im there about the escort rules if you drive or ride on the coast way
keep intocuh if you are weeling to do the trip and if im in Egypt sure you can be my guest
Omar
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so you got relatives lives in Alex? cool
where do you live in france?
and hope to meet some where on the road
please i need to get infos about the ferry boat ,it seems to be very expensive ,i want to get from Tunisia to Marseille, if you can help me about the cheapest one will be great
sure i can meet your family or friends here if they want any help
be intouch
my mail is omarmansourrathotmaildotcom
Yes I got relatives in Alex and Cairo, that's cool indeed!

In France I live in Toulouse, South.

About the ferry I paid 300euros for a one-way trip from Marseille to Tunis. One person, one bike, no cabin. Pretty expensive as you said... When you'll know the date you want to take the ferry let me know and I'll give a call to the boats company to get a price for you. My email is aurelienDOTkamelATfreeDOTfr

Dessertstrom, about the transit visa for Libya I saw so many guys asking how to get it, saying it was difficult, etc. But actually it was pretty easy to get the visa at the Libyan consulate in France. I just sent a fax of my passport, a letter telling them my plans for crossing Libya (entry border, exit border, approx date, etc) and 60euros and I should get it next week.
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Hi Omar and Aurel,
Thanks, the company I work for have brokers that sort out all the visas so I would have them all before I set off.
My main concern is having to pay for an escort and stay together to cross Libya, this is the only thing that would put me off and I would then go the other way through Jordan,Syria and Turkey.
I am planning on this time next year subject to my contract.
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Ian
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The visa I was talking about for Libya is a "transit visa". I won't need a guide next month to cross Libya. I just have 7 days maximum to spend in Libya without leaving the coast. But that was really easy to get it...
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Aurel,
Indeed, I only need transit visas as it will be a ride home not a sight seeing trip, only the sights that I pass on the road.
The question is-- for Libya do you have to have an escort even if you don't want one?
Did they tell you that you won't need an escort as opposed to a guide?
Do you have to go the coast road if you don't have an escort?
I will try the Libyan Embassy again, no answer last time I asked.
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Ian

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I checked again and again with the guy of the consulate just to be sure (ask the consulate, not the embassy) and :
- I will travel ALONE, NO guide, NO escort, just me and my bike
- I will have 7 days to cross Libya
- I will be in trouble if I don't stay along the coast
- I CAN'T exit Libya where I entered it. That's a "transit visa", only for crossing Libya. The guy told they would be really suspicious if I was exiting Libya where I entered.

A passport, a letter describing your trip, 60euros, and that's all.

I hope that helps.
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That's Great

Thanks Aurel,
That's good news, I can get by with Arabic then it's Italian then French, not as many languages to mess up going this way and the mediterranian coast to follow.
Thanks again.
Ian
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Hi Dessertsrorm

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Thanks Aurel,
That's good news, I can get by with Arabic then it's Italian then French, not as many languages to mess up going this way and the mediterranian coast to follow.
Thanks again.
Ian
if you can write your request in Arabic will be good idea i will try to get fresh news about visa issue from the Libyan consulate in Alexandria Egypt

Omar
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Got a call from the Libyan consulate in Marseille (France) this morning, my transit visa has been accepted! (maybe sometimes it's not...)
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Since I would like to have the same ride do you think I may enter in :
Egypt ? Syria ? Jordan ?

Please consider that :
I'm italian and I travel in a bike with my american wife.

We would like to come from Greece, Turkey, then down to Egypt, if possible of course.
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Just ask for your visas, you'll see if you get a positive answer or not. If you don't have an Israel visa on your passport it should be fine for the whole tour.
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