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U.S. Embassy Tripoli Warden Message – Immediate Evacuation Information

February 26, 2011

This Warden Message is being sent to notify U.S. citizens desiring to depart Libya that a French charter flight will depart Mitiga Air Field on Saturday, February 26, at 2:30 p.m. local time.  The French government has agreed to accommodate U.S. citizens on this evacuation flight.

U.S. citizens should go immediately to the Mitiga Air Field if they wish to get on this flight. French Embassy staff will be looking for U.S. citizens both outside and inside the gate.

U.S. citizen travelers should bring valid travel documents and any necessary medications.

A U.K. ferry is scheduled to depart from Benghazi on Sunday, February 27.  The British government has agreed to accommodate U.S. citizens on this vessel.

The following information was provided by the British Embassy in Libya, at http://ukinlibya.fco.gov.uk/en/:

Sea transport from Benghazi: HMS Cumberland will arrive back in Benghazi on Sunday 27 Feb to assist departure of those remaining UK nationals. U.S. citizens in or close to Benghazi who want to leave should call 020 7008 0000 from the UK or 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 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 enroll their stay in Libya through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov, and 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.