UPDATED: U.S. Department of State Warden Message – Immediate Evacuation Information
March 1, 2011
This Warden Message is being updated 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 as transport details may change. 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. U.S. citizens wishing to depart on any of these transportation options should send an e-mail to LibyaEmergencyUSC@state.gov providing their personal information (name, date of birth, and passport number).
Sea transport from Tripoli: A Turkish ferry, the Samsun, is scheduled to depart Tripoli on March 2 in the early morning. Destination has not been confirmed . A Greek ferry, the Nisos Rados, is scheduled to depart Tripoli on March 2 for Crete.
Sea transport from Misurata: A Greek ferry, Robis Island, is scheduled to depart Misurata on March 2.
We will confirm ferries’ scheduled departure times and notify U.S. citizens who have contacted us.
Limited seats may be available on military flights sponsored by Allied nations from Tripoli to Malta and Practica (near Rome) on March 2. Limited seats may also be available to Bucharest. U.S. citizens who wish to take one of these flights should contact LibyaEmergencyUSC@state.gov regarding these flights so that consular representatives can provide you with information.
We were informed that limited seats may be available through March 6 on commercial flights from
Tripoli. These include: multiple flights on Egypt Air, departing for Cairo on March 2 and 3; Afriqiyah Airways, departing March 2 – 6 for Cairo, Paris, and London; and British Midland Flight 470, departing March 5 and 6 for London. No flights are scheduled to depart on March 4. U.S. citizens wishing to depart on commercial flights should contact the airlines directly.
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.