|The UK changed it travel advice to Lebanon.|
Saturday, 31st August 2013
Source : Gov.uk
The UK has changed its travel advice for Lebanon and is now advising against all but essential travel to Lebanon.
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For British nationals intending to travel to Lebanon, this means that you need to assess whether your trip really is essential.
For British nationals already in Lebanon, you should consider whether it’s essential that you remain for the coming period.
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We remain determined to continue our contribution to Lebanon’s stability.
Still current at:31 August 2013
Updated:30 August 2013
Summary – possible increased risk of anti-western sentiment
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Lebanon due to the recent upsurge in violence and wider regional tensions.
- 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.
The security situation 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. British nationals should consider leaving if their presence in Lebanon is not essential at the current time.
There may be an increased risk of anti-western sentiment linked to the possibility of military action in Syria. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant, follow local advice and avoid any protests or demonstrations. Roads can become blocked due to protests.
There is a high threat from terrorism. There were violent clashes in October 2012 following the assassination of the chief of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces.
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