Message for U.S. Citizens
New Travel Options for U.S. Citizens Seeking to Depart Libya
September 1, 2011
There are new travel options for U.S. citizens in Tripoli who wish to depart. Documented U.S. citizens who wish to leave should visit
and enter their information into the Department of State's Task Force Alert Program. U.S. citizens seeking to depart will need to provide their name, date of birth or passport number, and a working phone number or email address within Tripoli. We will provide details via telephone or email to confirmed U.S. citizens. If you are a U.S. citizen in Tripoli without internet access, you should contact friends or family with internet access and request their assistance entering your information into the Task Force Alert System . U.S. citizens wishing to depart via one of these non-U.S. government travel options will need to provide their own transportation to the departure site and have a valid ID. U.S. citizens should not attempt to physically go to the Hungarian Embassy, as it will not be able to provide ground transportation. Based on the inherent security risks, each potential traveler will need to make their own assessment on the safety and security of their routes and modes/methods of transportation.
Travel by sea: There are some ferries departing Tripoli and Benghazi for Malta. We will provide details via telephone or email to confirmed U.S. citizens as information becomes available.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) periodically sends ships to Benghazi and Tripoli to provide humanitarian assistance and pick up third-country nationals wishing to depart. These ships may be available to transport U.S. citizens out of Libya. To advise IOM of foreign nationals located in Tripoli who need evacuation assistance, please use the following contacts:
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
- PHONE: +41 (0)22 717 9400
Please provide the person's name, nationality and Tripoli contact details. IOM will attempt to contact the person directly to determine what assistance may be rendered.
Travel by air: UN Flights: Check United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) website for new schedule beginning on September 4, 2011: http://www.logcluster.org/ops/lby11a/unhas-flight-schedule. According to UNHAS website, flights should be booked 72 hours in advance via email@example.com. Call +218 9 925338878 / +881 631 418 997 for more information.
Travel by land: Some previously-closed land borders have been reopened, and overland evacuation may be possible. Monitor news reports for updated information.
The U.S. Department of State continues to reach out to U.S. citizens who 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 from other countries may dial 1-202-501-4444.
U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy's website and the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad," which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. 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.