Summary

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

  • Tripoli
  • Palestinian refugee camps
  • within 5km of the Syrian Border
  • the Hermel Area, including Arsal, Baalbek
  • the Bekaa Valley east of the Baalbek El Hermel High Way to the Syrian border and down to En Nabi Chit
  • 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
  • Saida
  • south of the Litani River

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

During November and early December 2013 there were violent clashes in the northern city of Tripoli resulting in a number of deaths. Sporadic clashes are ongoing.

There is a high threat from terrorism. There is a high risk of attacks by Islamist extremist groups, which could be indiscriminate and affect places visited by foreigners like hotels, restaurants, tourist sites western-style shopping centres and supermarket chains. You should exercise extreme vigilance. Bystanders have been killed in a number of terrorist attacks in recent years. Attacks have involved car explosions and grenades. Further attacks are likely. See Terrorism.

On 19 February 2014, there were 2 explosions in the Bir Hassan area in the southern suburbs of Beirut which targeted the Iranian Cultural Center. At least 6 people were killed and over 100 injured. One explosion was 50m west of the main airport highway near the Gondoline roundabout. The other explosion was on the Abbas El Mousawi Road.

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