Foreign travel advice

Lebanon

Summary

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

  • Tripoli
  • Palestinian refugee camps
  • the Hermel Area, including Arsal, 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
  • 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 east of the airport road, defined as: south of the sports stadium to the airport, to east of the main airport highway including the neighbourhoods of Ghobeiry, Chuya, Haret, Hraik, Burj Al Brajne, Mraije, Er Rouais and Laylake
  • southern suburbs of Beirut west of the airport road, defined as: west of the airport highway to the coast, south from Adnan El Hakim Road to Abbas El Mousawi Road.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • Bekaa Valley west of the Baalbek El Hermel high way except for the towns of Zahlé and Chtaura, and the main road between both towns and to Beirut
  • Saida (Sidon) except for the road that runs through the city directly alongside the coast (referred to locally as ‘the coastal road’)
  • south of the Litani River except the main Naqoura-Tyre-Saida-Beirut highway and all areas to the west of it, up to the Lebanese Armed Forces check point, roughly 5km south of Tyre (Sour).

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.

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