MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is not stamping Philippine passports with the words "Not Valid for Travel to Libya".
The DFA issued the statement after a rumor circulated that Philippine passports would no longer be valid for travel to Libya.
"The DFA clarifies that there is no truth to the rumor that the words 'Not Valid for Travel to Libya' are being stamped on Philippine passports. The DFA has not announced any plans to stamp that annotation as a restriction on passports being currently issued," the DFA said in a statement.
The DFA is still maintaining Crisis Alert Level 4 over Libya.
Around 10,000 Filipinos still remain in Libya, amid on-going repatriation efforts.
The DFA once again appealed to all Filipinos in Libya to contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli through telephone numbers (00218) 918-244-208 / 914-370-399 / 945-348-481 and e-mail addresses [email protected] and [email protected] in order to register for repatriation.
The Embassy's address is KM 7 Gargaresh Road, Abu Nawas, P.O. Box 12508, Tripoli.
Families can also call DFA’s 24-hour hotlines (02) 552-7105 / (02) 834-4685 to register their relatives in Libya for repatriation. They may also call these numbers for any questions and concerns, or send their queries by e-mail to [email protected].gov.ph.