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Libya Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Nov 21, 2003

This Travel Warning is being issued to reflect the lifting of UN sanctions. However, the security situation in Libya remains unstable, and the Department continues to have concerns about travel to Libya. This Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Libya issued October 7, 2002.

The United States Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to or residence in Libya. There has been evidence of hostility to the United States in some segments of the population and some elements of the Libyan Government.

There is no U.S. Embassy in Libya. Therefore, the U.S. Government is unable to provide any assurances of the safety of travel to Libya by U.S. citizens. U.S. Government interests are represented by the Government of Belgium, which, as a protecting power, can provide only limited emergency services to U.S. citizens.

United Nations sanctions on Libya were lifted on September 12, 2003. U.S. sanctions, however, remain in place. All financial and commercial transactions with Libya by U.S. citizens are prohibited unless licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control. U.S. passports are not valid for travel to, in, or through Libya, unless a special validation is obtained beforehand from the Department of State.

Those Americans who decide to travel to Libya despite the Travel Warning should exercise a high level of caution. 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, 1-317-472-2328. U.S. citizens who plan to travel to or remain in Libya despite this Travel Warning should consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information sheet for Libya, the current Worldwide Caution and Middle East and North Africa Public Announcements, which are available on the Department's Internet site at

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