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We've heard otherwise about the border so are going to give it a shot (cross Libya to Egypt)... fingers crossed eh!? After much discussion as to whether or not to travel on the bikes we decided to keep it as low key as possible and have bundled them onto the back of a Libyan truck under cover. We are heading off early tomorrow with the aim to stop in Ajdabiya and Torbruq then straight to Alexandria.
We will give you guys updates when we can but this will probably be when we arrive in Egypt
Crossing Libya from Tripoli to the border was a complete doddle and at no point did we feel threatened or concerned despite the hype. Had we known it would have been okay we would have ridden the bikes as opposed to jumping on a truck.
Prebook all hotels in advance and if you cannot ensure you arrive at your destinations well before sunset and look for a hotel. An ideal travel route we would suggest is:
Tripoli - Misrata - Ajdabiya (difficult to find online hotel but there are three odd big ones in the town and near major roundabouts) - Torbruk - Sidi Birrani (Egypt side).
The roads between Tripoli and Misrata are very poor so although it seems a short distance there are a fair few check points and you cannot really hammer it through!
Ajdabiya - Torbruk is straight through absolutely nothing!! So take food and water for the trip and fill up with petrol beforehand (some petrol stations dotted at the beginning and end but not necessarily any petrol available)
Leave Tobruk as EARLY as possible to reach the border.
We did spot areas you could wild camp but it is not recommended by locals to be so exposed at night at the moment.
Libyan to Egyptian Border:
Very simple and painless to cross. If you've had to pick up number plates remember to return and collect any monies you originally paid.
Monies. Take plenty of Dinars and Egyptian Dollars our beforehand in prep. You will need to pay for number plates (I believe 500 Egyptian Dollars each returnable on exit) and 15US Dollars for visas. Be prepared to bribe.
Make your VIN number accessible. Unfortunately our bikes are built in a fashion where half the VIN number is hidden. This caused us 3 or 4 hours of politics and pain as they need to take a rubbing of it to clarify it is your vehicle.
Do NOT in any situation leave your vehicle unattended. If you are alone ask a guard to keep an eye on it and leave it away from the crowds but within view and in a lit area.
Expect to be grilled. We had it bad because of Sam's Arabic name and inability to actually speak Arabic. Also we had problems because we were with a Libyan Driver. Do not bite if they interrogate, just smile and keep it light.
Do not speak about any politics or about Libya. If they ask your opinion just dodge the question and say you are travelling as there are some animosity between the two countries.
If female: Cover your hair and dress modestly, you will get a lot of attention. Keep your head down and ignore it. Because we were stuck for 7 hours we ended up caught at night and there are continuous rolling black outs. During one I was groped and pockets were grabbed but I managed to have a successful knee jerk reaction. I was also hit on by a border guard who tried to get in the van with me at a later time when I was alone. It wasn't a good situation particularly when he started tapping his gun on the window. Due to this I would recommend staying in view of as many officials and in a well lit area as possible.
If female with fella: let the bloke do all the talking and chasing around. Stay with your vehicle, again in a well lit and visible area.
I think no matter what the news states it would be possible for anyone to pass through the border with time and money. Expect the worst and hope for the best! Enjoy it (as much as you can!!) and try not to get too angry at the bureaucracy!
It would seem the border gave us a duff receipt for our number plates. Being all in Arabic we knew no better. Looks like they won't be refunding us for the plates, although we kind of accepted that there was a high chance of that anyway even with a receipt.
[QUOTE=Chris Scott;411957]The Libyans do (or certainly did) their own one - though these days they may well not bother for the transit. One less document.
I just return from 22 countries in west and east Africa Maroco-Cape Town-Cairo, without Carnet.
In Egypt I paid for TIP (temporary importation papers)$800 Refundable-Deposit which I got back to the penny when I left Egypt. Lost $70 on exchange from Egypt money to $usd. My route in Africa April 2012-January2013
The border is indeed closed to foreigners. Unless you have made prior arrangemnts, with the visa in the passport, and an armed escort waiting, it must surely be jusst about impossible to blag your way across. Since David Camerons visit, security measures have increased greatly - in Misrata at night, there are checkpoits every few hundred metres. www.africarecordrun.com
Hmmm.... The depth of the analysis reminds me of the saying, the origins of which are attributed to another Kaplan: "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail".
That's true: "a band of civilian experts, plus small numbers of special operations forces" can't turn Libya into a stable democracy led by a new strong central government able to monopolize the use of force. Until it happens, the dysfunctional Libayn state is not to be allowed to freely exchange petro-dollars for fancy military technology, like Ghadaffi used to do, only for the wrong reasons and dealing with the wrong people.
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