Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (25 October 2019)
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, and cash. Banks remain closed. While ATMs at some bank branch locations are being replenished, many remote ATMs are not dispensing cash.
The Embassy is continuing to provide passport, report of birth, and notary services for U.S. citizens by appointment.
Actions to take:
- Avoid crowds and the areas of demonstration.
- Monitor local news. 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.
- Follow the instructions of local authorities.
- As always, ensure your travel documents are up to date.
- Review your emergency preparedness plans.
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:
- Visit the State Department’s travel website Travel.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.