As I am planning a trip to North Africa in March to Algeria, Tunisia and Libya-my plans have hit a snag. I have been told by four reliable sources that it is impossible for an American to get a visa to Libya as a result of the crappy foreign policy that the Bush Administration used. The top Libyan tour agencies have assured me they were hopeful for the new Obama Administration to change policies and re-open diplomatic relations. Libya opened up to the West a few years ago and Europeans and Canadians are welcome in the country but Americans after first being allowed in-are no longer. This is really annoying and really pisses me off. I can get a visa to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea and almost any other undesirable country on the planet but not to Libya. This is worse than the Cuba situation because there are ways around that but not into Libya. You need the visa. This strikes me as kind of ridiculous and throws a wrench into my plans as I am trying to visit every country in Africa by sections. However, I will have to make the best of it and get back to Libya on my next trip to Africa after hopefully relations have been restored-so to speak.
I Can’t Get a Libya Visa
January 29, 2009 by 22 Comments