Libya to Ease Visa Rules to Attract Tourists

Speaking at the American University in Cairo on Thursday, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi said Libya plans to ease visa restrictions for many countries as it seeks to attract tourists and diversify its economy away from oil.

“Right now it is very difficult to get a visa,” Qaddafi said in an address at the American University in Cairo today. “But soon, very, very soon, it will be very easy for many people around the world to visit Libya.”

“If we get millions of tourists to go to Libya they can see with their own eyes, so they can be good witnesses for you and for us,” Saif al-Islam said.

Libya has numerous Greek and Roman ruins at sites such as Leptis Magna and Sabratha.

The country must now reduce its dependence on the oil industry, enabling Libya to move from an “artificial economy” to a real one, Saif al-Islam said.

Oil revenue makes up more than 70 percent of gross domestic product.
A rising number of foreign investors have been attracted to Libya’s non-oil industries in recent years...read more

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