Lebanon Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Jul 19, 2006
This Travel Warning is being updated in light of the current situation in Lebanon. The U.S. Government is currently organizing and providing transportation for all American citizens wishing to depart Lebanon. We urge Americans who intend to depart to avail themselves of this opportunity now. The Department of State urges American citizens to defer travel to Lebanon. Due to ongoing security concerns in Lebanon, the U.S. Embassy on July 13 was granted authorized departure status. Family members and non-emergency American employees have departed the country. This supersedes the Travel Warning issued on July 13, 2006.
The Department of State is concerned for the personal safety of American citizens due to the current security situation in Lebanon. In light of the recent events in Lebanon and the resulting escalation in tensions, including the closure of Beirut International Airport and the Port of Beirut, American citizens who wish to depart Lebanon are urged to do so. The U.S. Embassy is monitoring the situation in Lebanon closely and is assisting American citizens to depart safely.
The Department of State continues to encourage American citizens to remain in a safe location until such time that they can depart. American citizens living or traveling in Lebanon who wish assistance in departing Lebanon should contact the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 in the U.S. or 202-501-4444 outside the U.S. Although we understand that Syria is willing to admit Americans without visas, there have been reports of damage to the border crossing on the main Beirut-Damascus road at Masnaa and along the northern Lebanon-Syrian border. If American citizens attempting to depart to Syria despite the hazards encounter difficulty, they should contact the U.S. Embassy in Damascus at 963-11-333-1342.
There remains the possibility of anti-U.S. demonstrations, and American citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens should avoid any areas where demonstrations are possible and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. U.S. citizens in Lebanon are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Beirut where they may also obtain updated information on travel and security in Lebanon. See registration details below.
U.S. citizens who remain in Lebanon despite this Travel Warning should exercise heightened caution when traveling in parts of the southern suburbs of Beirut, portions of the Bekaa Valley and South Lebanon, and the cities of Sidon and Tripoli. The Hizballah terrorist group has not been disarmed and maintains a strong presence in many of these areas; and there is the potential for action by other extremist groups in Tripoli.
Dangers posed by landmines and unexploded ordnance throughout south Lebanon are significant and also exist in other areas where civil war fighting was intense. Travelers should be aware of posted landmine warnings and strictly avoid all areas where landmines and unexploded ordnance may be present.
The Embassy is located in Awkar, near Antelias, Beirut, Lebanon. Public access hours for American citizens under normal conditions are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. However, American citizens who require emergency services outside of these hours may contact the Embassy by telephone at any time. The telephone numbers are (961-4) 542-600, 543-600, and fax 544-209. American citizens may register with the Embassy online by visiting https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs. Information on consular services and registration can also be found at http://lebanon.usembassy.gov/ or by phone at the above telephone numbers between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday local time.
Updated information on travel and security in Lebanon may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States or, from overseas, 202-501-4444. Additional details can be found in the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Lebanon, the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, the Middle East and North Africa Public Announcement and the Travel Publication A Safe Trip Abroad, all of which are available on the Department's Internet site at http://travel.state.gov.