Event: Lebanon is experiencing a severe economic crisis that is creating hardships for its residents and visitors. These include a nationwide shortage of U.S. dollars; a rapid decline in the value of the local currency; restrictions on bank withdrawals; sharply increased food prices; sporadic fuel shortages; blackouts; and increased incidence of street crime and burglaries. Some Lebanese health care providers also report having difficulties paying staff and importing medicines and medical equipment. Many shops, restaurants, and hotels that reopened following a COVID-19 lockdown have now closed for economic reasons.
Beginning in October 2019, Lebanon witnessed frequent demonstrations by protesters dissatisfied with government policies. While these protests, which were largely peaceful, have decreased in size and frequency, the country is still seeing street protests, and some of them have turned violent.
Routine consular operations at U.S. Embassy Beirut have been suspended since March 18, 2020, due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns. The Consular Section continues to provide only emergency services to U.S. citizens on a case-by-case basis. U.S. passport appointments for urgent travel may be made online through our website. U.S. citizens with verifiable emergencies may contact BeirutACS@state.gov.
Actions to Take:
· Avoid demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests.
· Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates
· Have departure plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance
· Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible
· Read what the U.S. Government Can & Can’t Do in a Crisis
U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
For further detailed information regarding travel and security in Lebanon:
· 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.