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Message for U.S. Citizens

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

January 24, 2013

The United States continues to advise against all travel to Benghazi. At least two other diplomatic missions have advised their citizens to leave Benghazi immediately. Although there is no specific information pointing to specific, imminent threats against U.S. citizens, the potential for violence and kidnappings targeting Westerners in Benghazi is significant. We refer all U.S. citizens to the Travel Warning for Libya issued January 2, 2013, advising against all travel to Benghazi. Because of ongoing instability and violence, the Department's ability to provide consular services to U.S. citizens in Benghazi and other regions referenced in the travel warning is extremely limited. We strongly encourage all U.S. citizens to take appropriate precautions as the security situation in Libya is volatile. Review your personal safety plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

We also recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Libya enroll in the Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) website. STEP enrollment ensures you receive updated information on travel and security within Libya, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.

For 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 theWorldwide Caution.

You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and onFacebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips. You may also follow U.S. Embassy Tripoli on Twitter and on Facebook for information for U.S. citizens.

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, on 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).

U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance should call 091-379-4560 between 0900 and 1500 Sunday to Thursday. The number for after-hours emergencies is 091-220-5203. The Embassy's e-mail address is ConsularTripoli@state.gov.