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Possible Airport and Border Closings (Dec. 16, 2011)

December 16, 2011

Message for U.S. Citizens in Libya

The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli advises U.S. citizens in Libya that airports and land border crossings are subject to closure without notice due to the ongoing possibility of fighting between armed groups.

In addition, U.S. citizens should be aware of the potential for celebratory fire and demonstrations in Libya's major cities. We urge U.S. citizens in Libya to limit their travel and to stay indoors while the possibility of celebratory fire remains. U.S. citizens in Libya should monitor local and international news broadcasts for updated information. The Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens to avoid areas with heavy police presence or crowds assembling and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large public gatherings and demonstrations. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Libya of the current Travel Warning, which warns against all but essential travel to Libya. If you plan to travel to Libya despite the current Travel Warning, or already reside here, we urge you to register with the Embassy through 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.

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 tel: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).

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.