Official Travel Advice for Lebanon
Summary - revisions to information on carrying large electronic devices in the cabin on Lebanon-UK flights; correction to explanation of advice against all but essential travel in areas of Liban-Nord district; there are no changes to the areas where the FCO advise against travel in Lebanon at this time
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 23 Sep 2018.
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 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, including the town of Akkar Al Aatiqa.
- southern suburbs of Beirut defined as: south of the sports stadium and the Adnan Al Hakim road which heads west from the stadium to the Beirut-Saida (Sidon) road - 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 (Sidon) road and west of there to the coast, and the area between the airport highway and the coast south of Abbas El Mousawi Road, including the Golf Club of Lebanon.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
- all other areas of Akkar district south of the Aabdeh, Halba and Qoubaiyat highway, including Halba and Qoubaiyat.
- areas of Liban-Nord district north of the southern city limits of Tripoli (Trablous) and east into the Bekaa Valley.
- 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 (Sidon)-Beirut highway and all areas to the west of it.
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
The security situation in parts of Lebanon can deteriorate quickly. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant, follow local advice and avoid any protests or demonstrations. Roads can become blocked due to protests. In the event of widespread disturbances or a deterioration in the security situation, there may be limits to the assistance that the British Embassy is able to provide.
You can read our crisis overseas page for further information and advice, including sections on what you can do to prepare effectively, what you should do in the event of a crisis abroad, and how we can help you. See Political situation
There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures have been in place on flights departing from Lebanon to the UK since March 2017. You should co-operate fully with security officials. Restrictions on carrying large electronic devices in the aircraft cabin, introduced as part of these measures, have now been lifted for the majority of airlines operating from airports in Lebanon. However, some airlines have decided to maintain the restrictions for operational reasons. For more information and advice about what items you can take into the cabin on your flight from Lebanon to the UK, contact your airline or travel company.
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.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Lebanon
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Visitors/Tourists: 1,655,000 in 2011
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