Security Alert – U.S. Libya External Office – January 7, 2020 – Heightened Middle East Tensions

Event: In light of heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Libya External Office reminds U.S. citizens of the April 2019 Department of State Travel Advisory warning U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommending that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately.  The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency or routine assistance to U.S. citizens in Libya, as the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli suspended its operations in July 2014.

 Actions to take:

· Refer to the April 2019 Travel Advisory.

· Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.

· Leave immediately if possible.

· Maintain a high-level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness.

· Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

· Monitor local news for updates.

· Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

 Assistance:

 The U.S. Embassy is located in Berges du Lac, 1053 Tunis,

Tel: +216 71 107 000, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Email: LibyaACS@state.gov.

 The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +216 71 107 000.

 For American Citizens Services at the Department of State, call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or +1-202-501-4444 from other countries, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

 Department of State – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

 Libya Travel Advisory

Libya Country Information

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.

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