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Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Tripoli Resumes Limited American Citizen Services

May 8, 2012

The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli has resumed limited passport and notarial services for U.S. citizens in Libya.

The Embassy can now issue limited-validity, 12-page emergency passports. Emergency passports are for U.S. citizens who have an urgent need to travel. This includes situations where obtaining a regular passport from outside of Libya would cause personal, financial, or other hardship. Citizens whose passports are lost or stolen are also eligible for emergency passports.

Emergency passports can be exchanged at no charge for regular passports at a U.S. embassy in another country or in the United States. Citizens who receive an emergency passport from the Embassy are encouraged to obtain regular passports as soon as possible, as emergency passports are not intended for long-term use.

The Embassy cannot yet issue new passports or renew existing passports. If you need a new passport, you can obtain one at a U.S. embassy in another country or in the United States.

If you have a regular passport that has run out of pages for visas or residency permits, the Embassy can insert extra visa pages.

For information on the documents required to apply for an emergency passport or extra visa pages, please visit our website at For more information notarial services, please visit

To schedule an appointment for an emergency passport or a notary service, please contact the consular section. During business hours, U.S. citizens should call 218 91 220 3239. After hours requests for emergency assistance should be directed to 218 91 379 4560. The consular section can also be reached by email at . The Embassy's hours of operation are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday - Thursday.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Libya of the current Travel Warning, which warns against all but essential travel to Libya. The Embassy's ability to assist U.S. citizens in the event of a crisis remains extremely limited. If you plan to travel to Libya despite the current Travel Warning, or already reside here, we urge you to visit and enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest travel updates and information and to obtain updated information on travel and security issues. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

Individuals interested in obtaining immigrant or non immigrant visas to the United States should apply at a U.S. embassy or consulate outside of Libya.

U.S. citizens in Libya should regularly monitor the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information and the Travel Warning for Libya are found. In addition, the Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad", which includes valuable security information for those traveling or living in foreign countries. You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and on Facebook. 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 1-202-501-444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).