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 https://www.beirutairport.gov.lb/.
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: https://www.mtv.com.lb/en/, http://www.naharnet.com/, https://www.dailystar.com.lb/, and http://nna-leb.gov.lb/en.
— Avoid crowds and the areas of demonstration.
— Follow the instructions of local authorities.
— Contact your airline for flight information.
For further detailed information regarding travel and security in Lebanon:
- Visit the State Department’s travel website State.Gov to
review the Lebanon Travel Advisory , Country-Specific
Information for Lebanon, and the Worldwide Caution.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive the latest security updates and make it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.