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Message for U.S. Citizens

Possibility of Demonstrations on February 17, 2012

The U.S. Embassy notes the possibility of large-scale public demonstrations throughout Libya on February 17. As a result, there may be increased inconvenience and security risk to U.S. citizens that day. Protests in Libya have previously included celebratory gunfire and attacks on government buildings.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

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 http://travelregistration.state.gov 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.

The U.S. Embassy resumed operations in Tripoli, Libya on September 22, 2011. Until further notice, the Embassy is only able to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens due to the operational constraints of working in a temporary facility. The Embassy's hours of operation are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday - Thursday. During business hours, U.S. citizens in need of emergency services should call 218 91 220 3239. After hours requests for emergency assistance should be directed to 218 91 379 4560. Individuals requiring routine consular services or 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).