Didn't realise this thread was here when I posted the other one!! My bad! Sam and I are vurrently in tripoli and are getting on perfectly fine! The border crossing into libya from Tunisia was pretty amazing really! Where we were held back by sand storms in Tunisia we arrived at the border a day later which happened to be Friday - their day of rest. This meant we could not change or get out any monies because all the banks and businesses were closed! We ended up doing a dodgy deal with some locals on the Tunisian border side for swapping euros for libyan dollars (a border guard went with Sam to even help out! Not only that but he gave us an extra dinar to round up to what we needed!! Such a nice guy!) so before you go, bare the above in mind on timing!
The libyan border took a while to process papers -there was a lot of driving backwards and forwards between posts and then hanging on for an hour during prayer but the guards were SUPER friendly. We were offered seats in a court yard as well as water
we then found out we needed to pay for two temporary number plates which we didn't have the money for. Originally the border guards said it was not a problem and we could spend a night at his home until the banks were open the next day and we could return to the border and buy them then (140dinars for 2 which you supposedly get back when leaving to Egypt) After about 20mins though we were given them for a two week period only for free! Awesome!
The border guards then escorted us to the petrol station about a kilometre or less up the road on the opposite side. You wouldn't recognise it as a petrol station it is absolutely huge building which is a washed out red colour. It looks blooming posh for a petrol station! To fill up our two bikes front tanks (32litres) it cost us 2libyan dinars (less than a pound / euro / dollar!) the border guards tgen presented us with a hot couscous and beef meal along with fanta and oranges!!
Yeh it took a while with papers (the Tunisian paper work confused matters) but all in all it was quite simply the most awesome borde crossing ever
Going to do some updates on our webby today and Facebook about how libya is to travel right now so keep an eye out! We just thought we would update the borde crossing now for you guys
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Last edited by Chris Scott; 3 Feb 2013 at 10:52.