We advise against all travel to:
- 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 in Beirut, defined as: south of the sports stadium to the airport, east of the main airport highway including the neighbourhoods of Ghobeiry, Chuya, Haret, Hraik, Burj Al Brajne, Mraije, Er Rouais and Laylake.
We advise against all but essential travel to:
- Bekaa Valley west of the Baalbek El Hermel High Way
- south of the Litani River.
Although tensions in the region have eased, the security situation can deteriorate quickly. There is potential for further violence, which could restrict departure options. The ability 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.
On the morning of 19 November 2013, there were two explosions close to the Iranian Embassy in the Beirut suburb of Bir Hasan/Al-Jnah killing at least 25 people and injuring over 100. We anticipate disruption in the local area. We advise you continue to monitor local media and travel advice for further updates.
There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners like hotels and restaurants. Terrorists have used vehicle bombs, hand grenades and small, improvised bombs.