Libya Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Dec 23, 2005

This Public Announcement reminds Americans of the current security situation in Libya and provides updated 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 supersedes the Public Announcement dated November 1, 2005, and expires on June 28, 2006.

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.

The U.S. Liaison Office, which opened in June 2004, is currently operating in interim facilities. The Consular Section of the U.S. Liaison Office no longer operates out of the Belgian Embassy and a consular officer is available at the U.S. Liaison Office for limited services to U.S. citizens by appointment. Appointments can be made by telephone from 9 am to 4 pm Sundays through Thursdays (except U.S. and Libyan holidays) at 021-335-1235 or via e-mail at consulartripoli@yahoo.com. In the event of an emergency involving an American citizen, the after-hours telephone number is 091-220-0125.

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 to 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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