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U.S. Embassy Tripoli Warden Message – Advice to Depart Libya and Minimize Movements

February 21, 2011: U.S. Embassy Tripoli Warden Message – Advice to Depart Libya and Minimize Movements

This Warden Message is to advise U.S. citizens of the deteriorating security situation throughout Libya, including Tripoli.  There is a strong possibility of further violence and looting.  There are continuing protests and violence ongoing in Libya, including Tripoli.  U.S. citizens are urged to depart Libya as soon as possible.  The Department of State has authorized the voluntary departure from Libya of the family members of U.S. Embassy staff.  U.S. citizens are urged to exercise extreme caution when traveling, avoid non-essential travel, minimize overall travel in-country, and to limit all travel after dark.  U.S. citizens not departing Libya should make preparations to shelter in place. 

U.S. citizens who require assistance in departing Libya should contact the U.S. Embassy at 091-220-5207, 091-220-5214, 091-220-5219, 091-383-4638, or the U.S. State Department at 001-202-501-4444. 

U.S. citizens are urged to exercise extreme caution, avoid areas where demonstrations are likely to occur such as government offices and public squares, and to immediately leave an area if a demonstration begins.  U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.   U.S. citizens should keep a low profile and avoid crowds. 

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in the Ben Ashour neighborhood on Jeraba Street behind the former Libyan-Swiss Clinic.  Our phone numbers are +218 (0)21-337-3250 during business hours or 091-220-5207 (after-hours number for emergencies involving U.S. citizens only).

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, 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).