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Libya border process update - Jan 2011

We crossed at Ras Adjr on a 7 day transit visa. Two hours. LYD 266 at customs (license plate rental & "fixed" 4WD charge) plus LYD 6 for a 14 day insurance. Interestingly, the fuel levy introduced in Oct 2010 wasn't charged - I even asked.

One change from the write up on Chris's website (http://www.sahara-overland.com/country/libya.htm) is that in order to get the carnet stamped and insurance, we had to go just outside the border control compound - this was straighforward as we had acquired a friendly (and free) police helper for the whole process as we had no guide. As you face the set of shopfronts (GPS Latitude=33.147927, Longitude=11.566023), the insurance is the second door from the right. The carnet man is in in the long single story building (at 2 o'clock as you face the shops). There is a Sahara bank branch with ATM in the next building along the main road.

On the way out to Egypt, we stopped at the license plate returns place, but a another friendly policeman escorted us the last few k's to the border and deposited us at immigration. The plates were returned there, and the 100 LYD refund issued. All took 1 hour, including tea with the head honcho.
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Thanks a lot for the updates and clarifications. as Libyan regs are particularly hard to keep up with. Not hugely surprised to hear the fuel levy is not being imposed - but may well be next week...

More posts like this from any border always welcome here.

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Thanks for the update!
Hope I'll be able to write more updates soon - from L1 to L7 as well...
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Not sure if this should go here, but Libya just closed the border from Algeria at Ghdames according to this article. Were foreigners allowed to use this crossing anyway? I know people who did in 2002...but that was a long time ago.

http://www.echoroukonline.com/eng/index.php?news=12094
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Libya border

We were there in '05 and were told crossing's not been possible for tourists for a long time.

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Not sure if this should go here, but Libya just closed the border from Algeria at Ghdames according to this article. Were foreigners allowed to use this crossing anyway? I know people who did in 2002...but that was a long time ago.
http://www.echoroukonline.com/eng/index.php?news=12094
They opened the border for locals a while back, and then even lifted the taxes on vehicles and people crossing. A pity they closed it again, as things were going in the right direction.
They both need a new leadership before the borders will open - the old farts they have now are too entangled in old conflicts.
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Libya’s Deb Deb border with Algeria & Tunisia has always been , as Tim Alkoum, a military border and close for tourism purposes for all citizens of countries who need entrance visa in GSPLAJ since & before G.R. . Normally open for local traffic , commercial and also tourist but only for citizens who do not need visas for entering , it is closed for all when particular conditions occurs , like now. Peoples who told to cross it got at the time a special permit on behal of the local agency not in use and cancelled since years .
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