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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut (October 18, 2023)
October 18, 2023

U.S. citizens in Beirut should avoid the Awkar area on October 18 given the potential for further demonstrations following protests on October 17.  The U.S. Embassy remains open for business.  We are prioritizing providing consular services to U.S. citizens in Lebanon.

The Department of State reminds citizens to avoid demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests as some of these have turned violent.

We have updated our Travel Advisory to Level 4:  Do Not Travel – the full text of the Travel Advisory may be found here:  Lebanon Travel Advisory . The Department of State urges U.S. citizens in Lebanon to make plans to depart as soon as possible while commercial options are still available.

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens not to travel to Lebanon. We recommend that U.S. citizens in Lebanon make appropriate arrangements to leave the country; commercial options currently remain available. We recommend that U.S. citizens who choose not to depart prepare contingency plans for emergency situations.

Actions To Take:

  • Have plans to depart that do not rely on the U.S. government.
  • Ensure you and your family have your travel documents in order and are prepared to travel.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Keep your cell phone charged in case of emergency.
  • Exercise caution, monitor the news closely for breaking developments that could affect internal security, and factor updated information into your travel plans and activities.
  • Have a contingency plan for emergencies and review the Traveler’s Checklist 


U.S. Embassy in Beirut – Lebanon

Awkar – Facing the Municipality

Main Street Beirut, Lebanon

961-4- 543 600


State Department – Consular Affairs

1-833-890-9595 (toll free) and 606-641-0131 (local)

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