Travel Companies Return to Libya

As sanctions lift, tour operators jump in

With the lifting of a ban on U.S. travel to Libya, several companies have already announced new trips to the country.

Universal Travel Systems, of Santa Monica, Calif., has added an eight-day Libyan Adventure package due to start at the end of April, and Travcoa, of Newport Beach, Calif., has added a 10-day Classical Libya trip scheduled for May.

Travel Dynamics, the educationally focused operator, is planning a series of small ship cruises to the destination in October, and Clipper Cruise Line plans to add a stop in Tripoli, Libya’s capital, to its 15-day Mediterranean sailing in 2005.

Despite the lifting of the ban, Libya remains on the U.S. government’s State Sponsors of Terrorism List, and a State Department warning urges U.S. citizens visiting the country to “maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.”