U.S. Department of State Warden Message – Libya: Immediate Evacuation Information

This Warden Message is being sent to notify U.S. citizens desiring to depart Libya of the following evacuation options.  U.S. citizens are reminded to check http://libya.usembassy.gov/evacuation.html frequently for the most up-to-date evacuation information as transport details may change.  U.S. citizen travelers should remember to bring valid travel documents, food, water, any necessary medications and should limit baggage to 1 suitcase per person.  U.S. citizens wishing to depart on any of these transportation options should send an e-mail to LibyaEmergencyUSC@state.gov providing their personal information (name, date of birth, and passport number).

Sea transport from As Sidrah:  A Greek cargo vessel, the Hellas Warrior, is scheduled to arrive in As Sidrah oil port on Feb. 28.  The vessel is scheduled  to depart for Trieste on Tuesday, March 1  at 9:30 a.m. local time.  We will confirm the scheduled departure time and notify U.S. citizens who have contacted us of any changes in the departure time.

Sea transport from Tripoli:  An Algerian ferry is scheduled to arrive in Tripoli on March 1.  We will be notified later of the scheduled departure time and notify U.S. citizens who have contacted us of the departure time.  A Greek ferry, the Olympic Champion, is scheduled to depart Tripoli on March 1 in the early morning for Crete.  A Greek ferry, the Nisos Rados, is scheduled to depart Tripoli on March 1 at 9:30 a.m. bound for Athens.

Limited seats may be available on military flights sponsored by Allied nations from Tripoli to Malta and Practica (near Rome) on March 1.  Limited seats may also be available to Bucharest.  U.S. citizens who wish to take one of these flights should arrive at the airport by 9:30 a.m.  Please contact LibyaEmergencyUSC@state.gov regarding these flights so that consular representatives can provide you with any updated information.

We were informed that limited seats may be available on March 1 on commercial flights from Tripoli.  These include:  Lufthansa Flight 172, departing at 15:00 for Frankfurt; Alitalia Flight 896, departing at 11:55 for Cairo; Tunis Air Flight 418, departing at 15:40 for Tunis; and Tunis Air Flight 414 departing at 20:25 for Tunis.  U.S. citizens wishing to depart on commercial flights should contact with the airlines directly.

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 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 www.travel.state.gov, 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 www.travel.state.gov, which will be updated as additional details become available.