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U.S. Department of State Warden Message – Immediate Evacuation Information

February 26, 2011

This Warden Message is being sent to notify U.S. citizens desiring to depart Libya of the following evacuation options.  U.S. citizens are reminded to check http://libya.usembassy.gov/evacuation.html frequently for the most up-to-date evacuation information.  U.S. citizen travelers should remember to bring valid travel documents, food, water, any necessary medications and should limit baggage to 1 suitcase per person.

Air transport from Tripoli: a Hungarian charter flight will depart Tripoli International Airport on Sunday, February 27, at 2:30 p.m. local time.  The Hungarian government has agreed to accommodate 8 U.S. citizens on this evacuation flight, on a first-come, first-served basis.   U.S. citizens should meet at the last police checkpoint before the airport at 9:30 a.m. (look for a minibus with an EU flag), and should be prepared to walk the rest of the way to the airport. 

Additionally, the Romanian government has made 40 seats available for U.S. citizens on a February 27 flight to Malta and Bucharest.   U.S. citizens should arrive at the Tripoli International Airport by 9:00 a.m. local time.  Look for the Romanian flag (blue, yellow and red) to the left of the VIP area, where the Romanian consular team will be waiting to facilitate tickets onto this flight.  It is also first-come, first-served.

The Ukrainian government has confirmed there will be a flight on Sunday, February 27, scheduled to depart at 3:00 p.m local time.  Americans who want to join this flight should go to Tripoli International Airport and report to the vehicle with a large Ukrainian flag  (yellow and blue) on it in front of the VIP Terminal by 12:00 p.m. (no later).  The VIP Terminal is located to the left of the main terminal.

Sea transport from Benghazi:  The United Kingdom advises the HMS Cumberland will arrive back in Benghazi on Sunday, February 27 to assist departure of remaining UK nationals.  U.S. citizens in or close to Benghazi who want to leave should call 021 3403644/45 to register for departure.  For further details, check the British Embassy in Libya’s website, at http://ukinlibya.fco.gov.uk/en/.

The United States warns U.S. citizens against travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens in Libya depart immediately.  The United States advised the Government of Libya that it has suspended all embassy operations effective February 25, 2011, given ongoing violence and a deteriorating security situation.  All official U.S. embassy personnel and their family members have departed. 

The U.S. Department of State continues to reach out to U.S. citizens we believe remain in Libya.  The Department is working closely with other governments and multinational corporations to ensure the safe departures of those U.S. citizens who still need assistance.  Please direct inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in Libya to LibyaEmergencyUSC@state.gov. Callers in the United States and Canada may dial the toll free number 1-888-407-4747. Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial 1 -202-501-4444.  

The Department of State urges those U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Libya despite this Travel Warning to enroll their stay in Libya through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov, and to provide their current contact information and next-of-kin information.  For up-to-date travel information, follow us on Twitter.

The United States will appoint a protecting power to assist any remaining U.S. citizens in Libya and oversee its property.  Please see the Country Specific Information for Libya on the Department of State’s website at www.travel.state.gov, which will be updated as additional details become available.