February 23, 2011 / 5:34 PM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX-Country, company Libya evacuation plans

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Feb 23 (Reuters) - Following are details of countries and companies evacuating nationals and employees from Libya or closing operations due to the political turmoil in the country.

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BOSNIA: A Bosnian plane, due to evacuate from Tripoli the first group of up to 1,500 Bosnian citizens, is awaiting a permit from Libyan authorities, assistant foreign minister Zoran Perkovic said.

BRITAIN: A charter flight is due to land in Tripoli on Wednesday to pick up some 300 stranded Britons, the Foreign Office said. A second flight will leave as soon as possible.

BULGARIA: A plane of national carrier Bulgaria Air landed in Sofia from Tripoli early on Wednesday with 110 Bulgarians and six Romanians on board, the foreign ministry said.

— A Bulgarian government aircraft which took off for Tripoli on Tuesday is expected to arrive in Sofia on Wednesday with one Bulgarian, 70 Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian citizens, two South Koreans and 10 Chinese citizens on board. About 1,500 Bulgarians work in Libya.

CANADA: Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said on Tuesday Canada intended to evacuate its citizens after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi vowed to crush a growing revolt.

Cannon said the first Canadian flight would arrive in Tripoli on Thursday. Of 321 Canadians registered with the embassy, 91 have so far said they want to leave.

CROATIA: Croatia has evacuated 145 of its citizens and was trying to bring out another 140 Croat workers, its foreign minister said.

* FRANCE: Two French military planes landed at Paris’s Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport from Libya on Wednesday with 402 French nationals, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

— A third plane has been sent to Libya on Wednesday. France is believed to have some 350 nationals still in Libya.

GERMANY: German flagship carrier Lufthansa said it was using bigger aircraft on its scheduled flights from Tripoli to Frankfurt to meet demand. It planned to use a Boeing 747-400 able to take 330 passengers on Wednesday. It said it was not planning flights in addition to its regular schedule.

GREECE: A Greek cargo ship sailed to Libya to evacuate Greek nationals, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. About 300 Greeks live in Libya.

INDIA: A ship sent by the government to evacuate Indian nationals was due in Egypt on Wednesday, but India was still waiting for clearance for ships and aircraft to dock and land in Libya.

— India said earlier it planned to move 13,000 Indians from Tripoli to Tunisia, and some 5,000 in the east to Egypt before transferring them to ships and aircraft.

IRAN: Iran has stopped its oil related activities in Libya and will evacuate staff from its National Iranian Drilling Company in the next 48 hours, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday.

IRELAND: Ireland’s defence forces said two Air Corps aircraft arrived at Valletta, Malta on Wednesday and would be on standby to evacuate around 40 Irish citizens in Libya if needed. ITALY: A foreign ministry source said Italy planned to send a flight to Tripoli on Tuesday to bring back Italians who want to leave Libya.

JAPAN: Kyodo news agency reported that about 20 Japanese in Libya were set to leave on Tuesday on charter flights. About 50-60 Japanese are still in the country.

* MONTENEGRO: Montenegrin liner Sveti Stefan was allowed by Libya to set sail from the Adriatic port of Bar to Libya to evacuate 70 Montenegrins who are stranded there, said Zeljko Stamatovic the head of foreign ministry’s consular department.

NETHERLANDS: A Dutch military plane evacuated 82 people from Libya late on Tuesday, 32 Dutch citizens and 50 from countries including Belgium, Britain and the United States, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said. About 70 Dutch citizens are still in Libya and the Netherlands is sending another military plane to Tripoli on Wednesday, the ministry said.

* ROMANIA: Romania allotted funds on Wednesday needed to evacuate Romanian citizens ($291,600). An airplane will leave from Bucharest to Tripoli on Feb. 24 and Romania has asked its citizens in Libya to confirm their plans to leave on an emergency basis. Earlier on Wednesday, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi said there were around 450 Romanians in Libya.

RUSSIA: Russia sent the first of four planes to Libya on Tuesday to begin evacuating some 500 of its citizens and 700 non-Russian employees of Russia’s state-owned railroad company, Russian Railways, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi television said on Tuesday the kingdom was sending a plane to Libya to bring home Saudis.

* SERBIA: One aircraft with more than 100 evacuees from Libya on board has landed in Belgrade. Another two aircraft are expected to arrive later on Wednesday. Authorities say that a total of 500 people, mainly Serbs living in and around Tripoli may be evacuated in three planes. Serbia had around 1,500 nationals in Libya.

SOUTH KOREA: The foreign ministry has advised its nationals to leave as soon as possible if their business was not urgent. A total of 1,300 South Koreans are in Libya, working for 24 South Korean construction companies.

* SPAIN: A Foreign Ministry spokesman earlier said the government-organised flight to evacuate Spanish citizens was near Tripoli. This would likely be the only flight organised by Spain to evacuate its citizens, he said, with capacity for 150 people.

SWEDEN: Sweden’s foreign ministry said it is trying to coordinate with other countries the evacuation of some 60 to 70 Swedes from Libya, many of whom work for Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson.

TUNISIA: National airline Tunisair has scheduled five flights to Libya on Wednesday to evacuate some 1,500 nationals, state media said. More than 3,000 Tunisians have already fled Libya. Tunisia is also sending a ferry to Benghazi to pick up some 1,400 Tunisians, state media reported. Tunisia had at least 30,000 nationals in Libya.

TURKEY: Some 3,000 Turks boarded two ferries in Benghazi early on Wednesday and left for Turkey. There are about 25,000 Turks living in Libya, most working for construction firms and other companies.

UKRAINE: A Ukrainian Il-76 military cargo plane with room for 225 passengers landed in Tripoli on Wednesday to pick up 170 Ukrainians, including doctors, pilots and engineers who are working on contracts there, the foreign ministry said.

* UNITED STATES: Two catamarans belonging to Maltese company, Virtu Ferries, have landed in Tripoli for the evacuation of American citizens. The ferries were chartered by the U.S. State Department after American aircraft were not allowed to land in Tripoli. Maltese citizens would also take the ferries for Malta.

— The U.S. government estimates there are several thousand Americans living in Libya. Most hold dual citizenship with about 600 carrying U.S. passports only.

YEMEN: Yemeni Television said on Monday President Ali Abdullah Saleh had instructed the national airline to send flights to Libya to bring home Yemenis, including students.


* REPSOL: Oil major Repsol (REP.MC) said the company was evacuating its people and an aeroplane was due to land in Madrid shortly with 131 passengers comprising 88 Repsol employees.

ROYAL BAM: The Dutch construction company BAM (BAMN.AS) wants to evacuate its 195 employees, of whom two are Dutch and the others mostly Filipino or Thai, as soon as possible and is looking at ways to do so, a BAM spokeswoman said.

SHELL: Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell (RDSa.L) evacuated more than 50 employees from Libya to the Netherlands on Tuesday night, a Shell spokesperson said. About a third of the group had Dutch nationality. A few employees were still in Libya but would return to the Netherlands as soon as possible.

SIEMENS: “We are now organising to fly out our people out of Libya. There are a good 100 of them there, mostly in Tripoli,” a spokesman for the German industrial conglomerate Siemens (SIEGn.DE) said.

SUNCOR: Canadian Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO) said on Tuesday it had evacuated most of its expatriate staff from Libya.

YARA: The Norwegian fertiliser firm Yara (YAR.OL) said on Tuesday it was closing its Lifeco joint venture in Libya as the mounting turmoil could put its 1,200 employees at risk.

Reporting by Reuters bureaux; Compiled and edited by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit/Maria Golovnina/Elizabeth Fullerton

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