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Press Statement
Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 23, 2001


Renewal of Passport Restrictions for Travel to Libya

On December 11, 1981, pursuant to the authority of 22 U.S.C. 211a and Executive Order 11295 (31 FR 10603), and in accordance with 22 CFR 51.73(a)(3), all United States passports were declared invalid for travel to, in, or through Libya unless specifically validated for that purpose.  This restriction has been extended on an annual basis and would have expired at midnight on November 24, 2001 unless extended by the Secretary of State.

After thorough consideration of all the factors, the Secretary of State has again chosen to extend the restriction on U.S. passports for travel to Libya.  Accordingly, all U.S. passports will remain invalid for travel to, in, or through Libya unless specifically validated for that purpose.  This restriction will automatically expire at midnight on November 24, 2002 unless extended by the Secretary of State.


Released on November 23, 2001

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