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U.S. Embassy Tripoli Warden Message

(February 24, 2011)

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Libya and recommends that those U.S. citizens in Libya depart immediately, due to the potential for ongoing unrest.  Violent clashes between protesters and security forces continue throughout Libya, including in Tripoli.  Spontaneous demonstrations, violence, and looting are possible throughout the next several days.  The Department of State has ordered all Embassy family members and non-emergency personnel to depart Libya.

The U.S. Government is in the process of chartering a flight from Tripoli for Friday, February 25th and will provide details in another warden message as soon as they are available.  We do not anticipate scheduling another charter flight after the charter on Friday. 

Travelers should be prepared to bring valid travel documents and any necessary medications.  Each traveler may bring one suitcase and a small personal carry-on item.  

U.S. citizens seeking evacuation should be prepared to wait several hours.  Travelers are advised to bring food, water, diapers and other necessary toiletries with them to the airport.

U.S. citizens requesting evacuation on U.S. Government-chartered transport must sign paperwork promising to reimburse the U.S. Government for transportation costs at a later date. Exact transportation costs are not yet available, but will be comparable to a one-way commercial airfare of a comparable distance on the date of travel. U.S. citizens who travel on U.S. Government–chartered transport will be expected to make their own onward travel plans.

Immediate family members (spouses and children) who are not U.S. citizens must be documented for entry into the safe haven country and/or the United States, if that is your final destination.  A U.S. citizen child may be escorted by one adult, preferably a parent, who has appropriate travel documents. If a family has more than one U.S. citizen child, the one-adult rule still applies.  All U.S. citizen travelers and their spouses and children, are required to have valid travel documents. The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli will assist U.S. citizens with travel documents. U.S. citizens who do not hold a valid U.S. passport or visa and are interested in departing Libya via U.S. Government-chartered transportation should contact the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy Tripoli by sending an email to or by calling 1-202-501-4444.