Libya Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Nov 02, 2005

This Public Announcement extends the Public Announcement issued on August 1. It continually reminds Americans of the current security situation in Libya and to provide contact information for the U.S. Liaison Office in Tripoli. The United States Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens traveling to Libya to exercise caution. This Public Announcement expires on January 5.

The U.S. lifted restrictions on the use of U.S. passports for travel to Libya in February 2004. While Libya has taken steps to cooperate in the global war on terrorism, the Libyan Government remains on the U.S. Government's State Sponsors of Terrorism List.

Recent worldwide terrorist alerts have stated that extremist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in the region. Therefore, any American citizen who decides to travel to Libya should maintain a strong security posture by being aware of surroundings, avoiding crowds and demonstrations, keeping a low profile, and varying times and routes for all required travel.

In June 2004, a U.S. Liaison Office opened in Tripoli. There is no consular officer included among the staff. At present, the Consular Section of the Liaison Office no longer operates out of the Belgian Embassy and is in the process of relocating. During this time public office hours are suspended. American residents in and visitors to Libya needing emergency assistance may contact U.S. personnel by telephone (091-220-0125) and email consulartripoli@yahoo.com).

Most U.S. economic sanctions on Libya were lifted on September 20, 2004. Technologies and goods on the Department of Commerce Export Control List must be licensed by the Department of Commerce for export to Libya.

Travelers should be aware that credit cards and checks drawn on U.S. banks generally are not accepted in Libya, and should be prepared to engage in cash-only transactions while in Libya.

Americans who travel or reside in Libya are strongly encouraged to register through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov. Updated information on travel and security in Libya may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. Travelers should also consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information sheet for Libya and the current Worldwide Caution and Middle East and North Africa Public Announcements, which are available on the Department's Internet site at http://travel.state.gov.

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