Libya Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Feb 20, 2011
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the potential for ongoing unrest in Libya. U.S. citizens outside of Libya are urged to defer non-essential travel to Libya at this time; those U.S. citizens currently in Libya are advised against non-essential travel to eastern Libya and are urged to limit in-country travel and to exercise extreme caution when traveling. The Department of State has authorized the voluntary departure from Libya of family members of U.S. Embassy staff. There are reports of continuing violent clashes between protesters and security forces in various cities in Libya. Spontaneous demonstrations and violence are possible throughout the next several days. Unannounced security checkpoints and road closures may occur throughout Libya, changing traffic patterns without notice. There is no indication that Westerners are being threatened or targeted.
Demonstrations have degenerated on several occasions into violent clashes between security forces and protesters, resulting in injuries. While demonstrations have not been directed toward Westerners, U.S. citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security. The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations, as even peaceful ones can quickly become unruly and a foreigner could become a target of harassment, or worse.
U.S. citizens in Benghazi, Ajdabiya, Al-Bayda, Al Marj, Derna, and Tobruk who would like assistance in departing those areas should contact the U.S. Embassy at 091-220-5207 and 091-220-5214 or the U.S. State Department at 001-202-501-4444.
The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli can be reached at +218 (0)21-337-3250 during business hours; the after hours emergency number for emergencies involving U.S. citizens is 091-220-5207. The Embassy’s website is at http://libya.usembassy.gov. Security updates can be found at http://libya.usembassy.gov/service/information-for-travelers/warden-messages.html. The Consular Section can be reached at TripoliConsular@state.gov. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in the Ben Ashour neighborhood on Jeraba Street behind the former Libyan-Swiss Clinic.
All U.S. citizens in Libya are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at the following website: https://travelregistration.state.gov. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
For the latest security information on travel and security in Libya, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers in other areas by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).