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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Libya

U.S. Embassy Tripoli, Libya | July 18, 2014

The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens in Libya to avoid Tripoli International Airport, Airport Road and Swani Road due to armed clashes in these areas. All flights in and out of the Airport have been suspended. Airports, seaports, and roads can close with little or no warning. U.S. citizens should closely monitor news and check with airlines to try to travel out of Libya as quickly and safely as possible. U.S. citizens should exercise extreme caution within the vicinity of these and outlying areas. The Embassy is only able to provide limited emergency services to U.S. citizens at this time and reminds U.S. citizens who are in Libya or who may be contemplating a visit to Libya to review the U.S. Department of State's Travel Warning Dated May 27, 2014:

U.S. citizens traveling to or remaining in Libya, despite this Travel Warning, should use caution and limit nonessential travel within the country, make their own contingency emergency plans, and maintain security awareness at all times. It is important that you review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations and the Embassy website for updates.

We also strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Libya enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the Embassy. Please note, however, that, because of ongoing instability and violence, the Embassy's ability to provide consular services to U.S. citizens within Tripoli is extremely limited, and we cannot provide consular services outside of Tripoli, except by telephone.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Internet website at where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. Download our free Smart Traveler app, available through iTunes or Google Play, to have travel information at your fingertips.

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. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance should call 091-220-5203. The Embassy's e-mail address is