03 January 2008

Libyan visas and passport translation

Travel to Libya has never been easier. Sanctions have been ended, and Libya is starting to welcome visitors to the giant history- and oil-rich desert nation. Tourists are now arriving by both air and cruise ship. Visas are necessary and fairly easy to acquire, but there is one small catch: translation. Your passport must be translated into Arabic before applying for a visa. Since November 2007 the Canadian passport office will add a rubber-stamped template to a blank page of your passport and write your data on the left side. The cost for this service is $12. You then take the passport to a certified translator to have the proper Arabic translation written on the right side of the stamp. Only then can you apply for the visa and visit this amazing new destination.