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U.S. Embassy Tripoli Warden Message – British Chartered Aircraft and Ferry Evacuation

February 25, 2011

This Warden Message is being sent to notify U.S. citizens desiring to depart Libya that a U.K. charter flight will depart Tripoli on Saturday, February 26, and 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 those vessels.

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

Charter flight from Tripoli: “Call 021 3403644/45 from Libya to register for a flight.  If you are unable to get through to the emergency helpline you should travel to the airport immediately if it is safe to do so and contact the British Embassy Team.  When you arrive at the airport, make your way to the British Embassy desk which is located outside the VIP lounge at the airport terminal. Look for the British flag. British Embassy staff are wearing high visibility vests. Take your own food and water as facilities at the airport are limited.” Travelers should bring valid travel documents and any necessary medications.

Sea transport from Benghazi: HMS Cumberland will arrive back in Benghazi on Sunday 27 Feb to assist departure of those remaining UK nationals. Those 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. 

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.