Important information regarding Libyan visa for overlanders
Apparently the Libyan government has decided to change the rules about getting a visa again. First their was the thing about the Arabic translation, now it seems that individuals or couples can't get a visa anymore if they try to enter the country overland... (still in need of a definite confirmation, if anyone can confirm this, please do below!).
At the moment I'm in Egypt and was planning to continue my trip through Libya. I used the services (visa + guide) of Sami Jebani from Almuheet Tours, an agency that is recommend several times here at the forum. I spoke twice with Sami on the telephone today regarding our visa (2 persons from the Netherlands, travelling with own car). He told us it was no longer possible for groups smaller than 3 people to get a Libyan visa. This was also completely new for him, apparently they changed the rules very recently.
Sami (the guy from Almuheet Tours) told us the problem of not getting a visa didn't only apply to us, but to several other couples was trying to arrange trips for as well. He did mention however that it was still possible of groups smaller than 3 people to obtain a visa if they entered Libya by plane (flying into Triopoli or Bengazi). Too bad that for us that's no option 'cause we need to get our car out of Egypt.
Please note that we're not trying to go to the south of Libya, we're planning to stay along the coastline. Also: we did not apply for a transit visa, but for a 'normal' visa.
We're now kind of stuck in Egypt, trying to get back to Europe. The only way seems to go back where we came from (Jordan, Syria, Turkey). However: all ferries to Jordan seem to be fully booked because of the Hadji (yearly pilgrimage to Mecca).
Two questions for you all:
1). If anyone can confirm or supplement the information above, please do!
2). Anyone travelling from Egypt through Libya heading for Tunisia in the next few days (say before December 10th '08, please send me a PM)!