Travel Warning - Libya
May 09, 2013
Department of State warns U.S.
citizens of the risks of traveling to Libya
and strongly advises against all but essential travel to Tripoli
and all travel to Benghazi, Bani Walid, and
including border areas and the regions of Sabha and Kufra. Because of ongoing
instability and violence, the Department’s ability to provide consular services
to U.S. citizens in these
regions of Libya
is extremely limited. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated
March 11, 2013.
early May, the security situation in Tripoli
deteriorated when armed groups seized Libyan government buildings in a dispute
over a law regarding officials of the former regime. In response, on May
9, the Department of State ordered the departure of a number of U.S. government personnel in Tripoli.
security situation in Libya
remains unpredictable. Sporadic episodes of civil unrest have occurred
throughout the country. U.S.
citizens should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the
vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations, as even
demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate
into violence. U.S. citizens
traveling to, or remaining in, Libya
should use caution and limit nonessential travel within the country, make their
own contingency emergency plans, and maintain security awareness at all
times. We strongly recommend that U.S.
citizens traveling to or residing in Libya enroll in the Department of
State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the
U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate
to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have internet access, enroll
directly with the nearest U.S.
embassy or consulate.
The Embassy’s website includes consular information and the
most recent messages for U.S. citizens in Libya. U.S.
citizens in need of emergency assistance should call 091-379-4560 within Libya or +218-91-379-4560 if dialing from
outside of Libya.
information on “What the Department of State Can and Can't Do in a Crisis,”
please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Emergencies and Crisis link.
Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747toll-free
in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, on a regular toll line
These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Daylight Time, Monday through Friday(except U.S. federal
further information, U.S.
citizens should consult the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for Libya.
Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which
contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as
well. You can also download our free Smart Traveler App, available
through iTunes and Google play, to have travel information at