Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Exercise Caution at Large Public Gatherings

During the height of the busy summer festival season in Lebanon, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution in the vicinity of large public gatherings. Any high-profile event can be an appealing target for Lebanon-based ISIS-affiliated terrorists or other extremist groups.

As always, the U.S. Embassy will continue to evaluate the movements of its personnel, and encourages all U.S. citizens to be aware of their immediate surroundings at all times and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety and security. Terrorist incidents may occur with little or no warning. In the event of a security incident, avoid the area and monitor the media for the latest developments.

For further detailed information regarding travel and security in Lebanon:

· Visit the State Department’s travel website Travel.State.Gov to review the Travel Warning for Lebanon, 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.

· Contact the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, located at Awkar facing the Municipality, PO Box 70-840, Beirut, at (961) (4) 542600 or (961) (4) 543600. The Embassy is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (961) (4) 542600 or (961) (4) 543600.

· Follow the U.S. Embassy in Beirut on Twitter and Facebook.