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 re-opened, widespread blockages continue throughout the country.  Access to the airport via regular routes remains unpredictable; the situation remains fluid and could change without notice.  Airlines appear to be applying a flexible policy for customers unable to reach the airport, allowing re-bookings at no charge.  Information on flight cancellations can be found at

Due to the road blockages and unrest, the Embassy is continuing to severely restrict off-compound movement of its U.S. personnel.

Actions to take:

—  Monitor local news for updates on location and activity.  English-language news can be accessed at:,,  and

—  Avoid crowds and the areas of demonstration.

—  Follow the instructions of local authorities.

— Contact your airline for flight information.


U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon
(961) (4) 542600 or (961) (4) 543600

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

For further detailed information regarding travel and security in Lebanon:

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