Visiting

Business hours

Libya follows the usual practice in Islamic countries of taking Friday as a day of rest. Normal business hours for shops are 7.00am to 2.00pm in summer and outside of summer shops usually close a little earlier, perhaps 1.00pm, but then re-open from about 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Shops will close for Friday prayers, but otherwise operate morning and evening seven days a week.

Hours for businesses fluctuate, but the working day starts early and government offices usually operate 8.00am to 2.00pm all year round.

Public holidays

January 7 – Ashoura
March 2 – Jamahiriya Day
March 28 – British Evacuation Day
March 9 – Mouloud (Prophet’s Birthday)
June 11 – Evacuation Day
July 23 – Revolution Day
July 20 – Ascension of the Prophet
September 1 – National Day
October 7 – Italian Evacuation Day
September 21 – Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
November 28 – Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

Note: Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the region.

Climate

Summer in Libya is unbearably hot and is not a good time to visit. The coast in summer is hot and humid (35°C and 90 per cent humidity) and the interior is blistering hot (45 to 55°C and dry). Apart from the discomfort of the heat, business slows considerably over the summer months (especially June to September). The spring and autumn are pleasant times to visit. Winter is also good, although the coast can be damp and cold in the midst of winter.

For weather details in Libya, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The official currency is the Libyan Dinar. There is a black market in Libya, with temptingly high rates on offer (although this varies), but it is against the local law to engage in black market currency exchange and is policed strictly.

Time zones and time differences

Libya is eight hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current time in Tripoli, visit the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Libya's country code is +218.

For calls to Libya from Australia dial: 0011 + 218 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Libya to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Libya’s power supply is 230/400 volts (varies depending on location), 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 4 wires.