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TRAVEL ALERT - LIBYA

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for ongoing unrest in eastern Libya.  U.S. citizens are urged to defer non-essential travel to eastern Libya at this time.  There are reports of violent clashes between protesters and security forces in various cities in eastern Libya including in Benghazi, Ajdabiya, Al-Bayda, Al Marj, Derna and Tobruk.  Spontaneous demonstrations and violence are possible throughout the next several days.  In addition, U.S. citizens are advised that there may be unannounced changes to road access in eastern Libya. There is no indication that Westerners are being threatened or targeted.  This Travel Alert expires on March 19, 2011.

Demonstrations have degenerated on several occasions into violent clashes between security forces and protesters, resulting in injuries.  While demonstrations have not been directed toward Westerners, U.S. citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security. The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations, as even peaceful ones can quickly become unruly and a foreigner could become a target of harassment, or worse.

The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli can be reached at +218 (0)21-337-3250 during business hours; the after hours emergency number for emergencies involving U.S. citizens is 091-220-5207.  The Embassy's website is at http://libya.usembassy.gov.  Security updates can be found at .  The Consular Section can be reached at TripoliConsular@state.gov. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in the Ben Ashour neighborhood on Jeraba Street behind the former Libyan-Swiss Clinic. for-travelers/warden-messages.html

All U.S. citizens in Libya are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at the following website: https://travelregistration.state.gov.  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

For the latest security information on travel and security in Libya, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada or, for
callers in other areas by calling 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).