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U.S. Department of State Warden Message: Evacuation Options from Libya

March 2, 2011

This Warden Message is being sent to notify U.S. citizens desiring to depart Libya of the following evacuation options.  However, beginning March 3, 2011, the U.S. Embassy will no longer send daily warden messages advising U.S. citizens of available departure options, which change frequently throughout the day.  Instead, U.S. citizens should monitor frequently for the most up-to-date evacuation information.  The U.S. Department of State is updating this website around the clock as departure options become available or change.

U.S. citizens wishing to depart Libya should send an e-mail to or through the telephone contact information below providing their personal information (name, date of birth, and passport number).   Consular representatives will respond and provide current departure options.  For government-chartered evacuations, U.S. citizen travelers should remember to bring valid travel documents, food, water, any necessary medications and should limit baggage to one suitcase per person for any transportation.  

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 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, 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, which will be updated as additional details become available.