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Libya Travel Update

July 19, 2011

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Libya, and recommends that U.S. citizens in Libya depart immediately due to the ongoing fighting between opposition and government forces throughout Libya. Currently, there is a risk of attacks against hotels and other public buildings in Benghazi and other opposition-held areas in Libya. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated February 25, 2011.

The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli suspended operations on February 25, 2011. The Hungarian government, acting through its Embassy in Tripoli, serves as the protecting power for U.S. interests in Libya. Services available to U.S. citizens in Libya are limited. U.S. citizens in need of assistance should first contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs at 1-877-407-4747 (if within the United States or Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (if outside the United States or Canada), or send an email to LibyaEmergencyUSC@state.gov. For emergencies, U.S. citizens in Libya may contact the Hungarian Embassy in Tripoli directly. The Hungarian Embassy is located on Talha Ben Abdallah Street in the Ben Ashur region of Tripoli. The telephone number is 218 21 361-82-18, or 361-82-19. The fax number is 218 21 361-82-20 or 361-37-95. Email contact is available at mission.tpi@mfa.gov.hu, or LGalli@mfa.gov.hu. Visas and travel documents to the U.S. are not issued at the Hungarian Embassy in Tripoli; individuals interested in visas should apply at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

The Department of State urges those U.S. citizens who decide to travel to or remain in Libya despite this Travel Warning to enroll their stay in Libya through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), online at https://travelregistration.state.gov/, and provide their current contact and next-of-kin information.