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
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
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 http://travel.state.gov.