Message for U.S. Citizens: Qatar Airways Offers Flights from Beirut to the U.S. on April 5, 2020

Event:   Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut is closed for commercial passenger flights until at least April 12.  U.S. Embassy Beirut has arranged for Qatar Airways to offer a special chartered flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents to depart Beirut at 1:30 a.m. on April 5.  Travelers may choose between connecting flights through …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, March 31, 2020

Location:  Lebanon Event:  The Lebanese Ministry of Public Health confirmed 446 cases of COVID-19 and 11 related deaths in the country as of March 30, 2020. The government of Lebanon has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Visit the relevant government  website  for additional information on these measures.  Among these …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, March 30, 2020

Location:  Lebanon Event:  The Lebanese Ministry of Public Health confirmed 438 cases of COVID-19 and 10 related deaths in the country as of March 29, 2020. The government of Lebanon has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Visit the relevant government  website   for additional information on these measures.  Among these …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Departure of Non-Emergency Embassy Staff

Event: All non-emergency Embassy personnel have departed Lebanon.  Routine consular operations remain suspended.  The Consular Section is staffed to provide limited emergency services to U.S. citizens on a case-by-case basis.  U.S. citizens with emergencies may contact  BeirutACS@state.gov . The Lebanese Government confirmed 368 cases of COVID-19 and six related deaths in the country as of March 26, 2020.  Additional …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, March 19, 2020

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, March 19, 2020 Event:   On March 18, 2020, the Department of State authorized the U.S. Embassy in Beirut to go on “ordered departure” status, which means the Embassy will be reducing personnel to emergency staffing levels.  The decision was based on a variety of factors, including the  cessation of commercial transportation options out of the country , the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Beirut International Airport Closure

Location:  U.S. Embassy Beirut Lebanon According to the local civil aviation authority, Rafic Hariri International Airport will close at 23:59 on March 18.  Commercial flight service from Rafic Hariri International Airport will be suspended until the airport reopens. All routine consular operations remain suspended.  The U.S. Embassy will send out an alert when routine consular operations resume, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  Suspension of Consular Services

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Suspension of Consular Services Location:  U.S. Embassy Beirut Lebanon The U.S. Embassy will suspend routine consular operations effective Monday, March 16.  This suspension will remain in effect until further notice. During the period of suspended operations, we will be providing emergency services to U.S. citizens on a case-by-case basis.  U.S. citizens …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location: Lebanon Event: On March 11, 2020, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health reported that there are 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon. The government of Lebanon announced on March 11, 2020 the temporary suspension of flights departing to Italy, Iran, China and South Korea.  Additionally, on March 12, the Directorate General of Civil …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location: Lebanon On March 9, 2020, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health reported that there are 41 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon.   The government of Lebanon has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Anyone arriving in Lebanon displaying symptoms of COVID-19 may be transferred …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (January 3, 2020)

Event:  Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens in Lebanon to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness. Actions to Take: Monitor our embassy website and local and international media for updates Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. Have a contingency plan for …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (31 December 2019)

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (31 December 2019) Location: U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Awkar, Beirut, Lebanon Event: There is a call for protests today, December 31, in the Awkar area of Beirut. Lebanese security forces are planning to close roadways near the U.S. Embassy beginning at 1400. Actions to take: Monitor our embassy website …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (13 November 2019)

Security Alert – False Messages to U.S. Citizens (November 13, 2019) Event:  False reports have been circulating since yesterday evening, November 12, claiming to be from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.  The U.S. Embassy did not disseminate any messages to American citizens in the last 24 hours. The U.S. Embassy posts authoritative information on its …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (25 October 2019)

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (25 October 2019) Location:  Countrywide Event:  Entering into a ninth day of countrywide protests, incidents of clashes between protestors and protest opponents are occurring, with some injuries reported.  Many roads remain blocked and airport access difficult. The Embassy continues to receive reports of shortages of essential items, such as groceries, gas, …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (19 October 2019)

Location:  Widespread Throughout Lebanon Event:  Large protests continued until late in the night across Lebanon and commenced again this morning, October 19, 2019.  While protests remained largely peaceful, media are reporting sporadic clashes between protestors and security forces, isolated cases of looting and vandalism, some injuries, and two deaths in Tripoli and Beirut. Although some roads have …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location:  Widespread Throughout Lebanon Event:  Protests that started on the evening of October 17, are continuing throughout greater Beirut and other parts of Lebanon.  Road closures are affecting almost all Lebanese regions and vital highways, including roads surrounding the Beirut International Airport.  Due to the road closures and unrest, the Embassy has temporarily restricted off-compound …

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Security Alert-U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (17 October 2019)

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (17 October 2019) Location:  Beirut and Cities Throughout Lebanon Event:  Anti-government protests are going on in downtown Beirut and other cities in Lebanon.  Media are reporting thousands of people on the streets, with protestors in Beirut burning tires and blocking major arteries, including roads to the airport.  Riot police are …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, L ebanon (September 1, 2019) Event:  U.S. Embassy sources and press have reported that shelling along the southern border between Israel Defense Forces and Hezbollah has stopped.  Press also reported that both sides have communicated that the operations have ceased.   Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates Review …

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Message to U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut reminds U.S. citizens that information on available consular services can be found at Travel.state.gov  or on individual U.S. embassy and consulate websites. In addition, all routine and urgent messages for U.S. citizens resident or traveling in Lebanon will be distributed by email to persons enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (March 20, 2019)

Location:  Awkar Square, Dbayeh, Lebanon Event: We are aware of reports that a number of organizations have called for a demonstration on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:00pm in Awkar Square, Dbayeh, to  protest  the U.S. Secretary of State’s visit to the region. Road closures are expected in the area. Public demonstrations have the potential to become …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Arab League Summit January 19-20, 2019

Location: Beirut Waterfront Area, Downtown Beirut Event: Lebanon will be hosting the 2019 Arab League Economic and Social Development Summit January 19th through January 20th. Due to visiting heads of state and other dignitaries, additional security measures will be implemented by the government of Lebanon that will impact routine traffic and access to the surrounding …

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Emergency Alert: Operations During a Lapse in Appropriations

At this time, scheduled passport and visa services in the United States and at our U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits.  We will not update this website until full operations resume, with the exception of urgent safety and security information.  The National Visa Center, National …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice. The Travel …

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