Foreign travel advice

Lebanon

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • Palestinian refugee camps.
  • the Hermel Area, including Arsal, Ras Baalbek.
  • the Bekaa Valley east of the Baalbek El Hermel high way to the Syrian border and to the east of the main road which runs south through Rayak, by-passing Masnaa, Rachaiya, Hasbaiya and Marjayoun and El Khaim, to the border, except for the town of Baalbek and the road from Baalbek to Zahlé.
  • all areas of the Akkar district north of the Aabdeh, Halba and Qoubaiyat highway excluding Halba and Qoubaiyat.
  • all other eastern areas of the Akkar district within 8km of the Syrian border.
  • the town of Akkar Al Aatiqa in Akkar district.
  • areas of Liban-Nord district north of the southern city limits of Tripoli (Trablous) and east into the Bekaa Valley.
  • southern suburbs of Beirut defined as: south of the sports stadium and the road which runs west from there to the Beirut-Saida road, Adnan Al Hakim, down to the airport. Including the neighbourhoods of Bir Hassan, Ghobeiry, Chuya, Haret Hraik, Burj Al Brajne, Mraije, Er Rouais and Laylake. But excluding the main airport highway, the Beirut-Saida road and west of there to the sea, and the area between the airport highway and the Beirut-Saida road south of Abbas El Mousawi Road down to the airport, including the Golf Club of Lebanon.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • all other areas of Akkar district including Tripoli, Halba and Qoubaiyat.
  • within 500m of the Ain el Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Saida (Sidon).
  • Baalbek and the road from Baalbek to Zahlé in the Bekaa Valley.
  • Bekaa Valley west of the Baalbek El Hermel highway and north of the Beirut-Damascus highway, except for the towns of Zahlé and Chtaura, and areas between the main roads from Zahlé and Chtaura to Beirut, and from Zahlé to El Mrouj.
  • south of the Litani River except the main Naqoura-Tyre-Saida-Beirut highway and all areas to the west of it.

On 14 September 2017 the US Embassy in Lebanon issued a security alert to its citizens regarding ongoing threats in Lebanon, including in Jounieh. Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Lebanon. You should be vigilant at all times, avoid crowds and crowded places and follow the advice of the Lebanese authorities. See Terrorism

You should be particularly vigilant at this time following the Lebanese Army’s announcement on 19 August that it has launched an operation to remove Daesh extremists from Lebanon’s north east region. Daesh and other extremists may attempt retaliatory attacks throughout Lebanon.

The security situation in parts of Lebanon can deteriorate quickly. There is potential for further violence, which could restrict departure options. The ability of the British government to provide assistance with departures may be limited. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant, follow local advice and avoid any protests or demonstrations. Roads can become blocked due to protests. See Political situation

There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures which restrict electronic devices on-board planes have been in place on flights departing from Lebanon to the UK since March. You should co-operate fully with security officials. For more information about how this may affect your flight, including if you’re transiting through Lebanon on the way to the UK, read this guidance page and contact your airline or travel company if you have further questions.

You should regularly monitor local and international media and this travel advice.

You can contact the emergency services by calling 112.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.