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Security Alert – U.S. Libya External Office – January 31, 2020
January 31, 2020

Event:  Continued fighting in and around Tripoli and the steady involvement of foreign forces and mercenaries has further heightened the risk to all civil aviation in Libyan airspace to a critical level and resulted in periodic closures of the Mitiga International Airport, the only functioning commercial airport in the capital.  On January 22, 2020, the Libyan National Army stated any civilian or military aircraft flying in the Tripoli region would be considered in violation of the ceasefire and would be destroyed.

U.S. citizens are reminded that on October 23, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration prohibited U.S. civil flight operations at all altitudes in the territory and airspace of Libya, noting an unacceptable risk to civil aviation operations.

Actions to Take:

  • Before traveling, review your flight information.  Contact your air carrier with any additional questions.
  • Monitor local media for update.
  • Review the U.S. Department of State’s latest Travel Advisory for Libya, which advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Libya.


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