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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

November 16, 2013

The United States Embassy is aware of recent violent clashes in the Ghargour and Tajoura neighborhoods of Tripoli and the potential for further armed conflict, and reminds U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution and situational awareness for personal security.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid areas where there are demonstrations or large gatherings.  The embassy will continue to monitor the security situation and will issue further messages should they be warranted. 

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.  We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Libya enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Internet website at travel.state.gov where the Worldwide CautionCountry Specific InformationTravel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  Download our free Smart Traveler app, available through iTunes or Google Play, to have travel information at your fingertips. 

In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance should call 091-220-5203. The Embassy's e-mail address is ConsularTripoli@state.gov.