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LIBYA: 5 days transit visa issued - done!

Am now back in Blighty after driving from Cairo via North coast of Libya, Tunisia, Italy and France.

Applied for transit visa in Cairo, took several weeks as sent to Tripoli, 2 people and one vehicle. Received in passport and managed to gain entry and crossing with no major problems or need for any baksheesh etc.

We entered Libya on 28th July and camped rough with no probs for the 5 days.

We did have a chap to do all the running around for us and chasing for us as he is Egyptian and my Arabic is limited.

The point is it CAN be done WITHOUT the need for finger prints or bank accounts etc.

All the officials and Libyans we encountered were friendly although steeped in red tape and no-one asked for baksheesh, throughout...

I have the tell no for the Egyptian chap who did the running around and calling etc - I have known him for 4 years whilst living in Egypt and he is honest, fair and trustworthy with a will to help and is a fountain of knowledge on Cairo etc.

GOOD LUCK
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Glad to hear it Nib; I take it you did not need an escort?

Fyi, for all it's complications I don't think Libya has ever had a reputation for baksheesh.

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To confirm, Libya is not a place where bribes are either asked or expected - you'll not be popular if you try it either!Safe travels, Sam.One other little thought, if your budget allows it, please do try to get a normal visa and get down to the south of the country - truly an incredible place and a 'world away' from the north coast.
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