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Lebanon Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
January 10, 2018
Lebanon - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
O E N H U T C

Reconsider travel to Lebanon due to crime, terrorism, and armed conflict. Some areas have increased risk. Please read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

  • The border with Syria due to terrorism and armed conflict
  • The border with Israel due to the potential for armed conflict
  • Refugee settlements due to the potential for armed conflict  

U.S. citizens should reconsider or avoid travel to particular areas in Lebanon because of the threats of terrorism, armed clashes, kidnapping, and outbreaks of violence, especially near Lebanon’s borders with Syria and Israel. U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should be aware of the risks of remaining in the country and should carefully consider those risks.

U.S. citizens who choose to travel to Lebanon should be aware that consular officers from the U.S. Embassy are not always able to travel to assist them.  The Department of State considers the threat to U.S. government personnel in Beirut sufficiently serious to require them to live and work under strict security restrictions. The internal security policies of the U.S. Embassy may be adjusted at any time and without advance notice. 

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Lebanon. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. There is potential for death or injury in Lebanon because of the attacks and bombings perpetrated by terrorist groups.

The Lebanese government cannot guarantee the protection of U.S. citizens against sudden outbreaks of violence. Family, neighborhood, or sectarian disputes can escalate quickly and can lead to gunfire or other violence with no warning. Armed clashes have occurred along the Lebanese borders, in Beirut, and in refugee settlements. The Lebanese Armed Forces have been brought in to quell the violence in these situations.

Public demonstrations can occur with little warning and could become violent. You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings. Protesters have blocked major roads to gain publicity for their causes, including the primary road between downtown Beirut and Rafiq Hariri International Airport. Access to the airport may be cut off if the security situation deteriorates.

Kidnapping, whether for ransom, political motives, or family disputes, has occurred in Lebanon. Suspects in kidnappings may have ties to terrorist or criminal organizations.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Lebanon:

Border with Syria

Since August 2014 along Lebanon’s border with Syria, there have been deadly terror attacks in border towns and episodic clashes between the Lebanese Army and Syrian-based violent extremist groups. The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid the Lebanese-Syrian border region.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Border with Israel

There have been sporadic rocket attacks from southern Lebanon into Israel in connection with the violence between Israel and Hizballah. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid this border area.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Refugee Settlements

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid travel to refugee settlements, where violence has resulted in shootings and explosions. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Travel Advisory Levels

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Beirut
Jmeil Street, Awkar (facing the Awkar Municipality Building)
Beirut, Lebanon
Telephone
+(961) 4-542600 - 543600
Emergency
+(961) 4-543600
Fax
+(961) 4-544209
Lebanon Map