How it works:
- Violent crime (UNODC’s stats):
- Victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year: 4.0 (2016) vs global average: 8.2 (2016), Asia average: 2.3 (2016).
- Landmines throughout southern Lebanon particularly south of Litani River.
- Threats of terrorism, armed clashes, kidnapping, and outbreaks of violence at borders with Syria (cross border shelling) and Israel (rocket attacks from Southern Lebanon which prompt Israeli military response).
- There have been clashes between Lebanese authorities and criminal elements in the Bekka Valley and border regions.
- Tense security situation in Palestinian refugee camps, particularly Ain el Helweh, near Saida, and Beddawi, near Tripoli.
- There are U.S. government-designated terrorist organizations operating in the country: Hizballah, ISIS (Da’esh), Al-Nusrah Front (ANF), Hamas, and the Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB).
- Past attacks have taken place.
- Civil unrest:
- Demonstrations can occur regularly, especially in Beirut.
- Major roads (e.g. between downtown Beirut and Rafiq Hariri International Airport) can be blocked.
- Since October 2019, country wide protests (e.g. Beirut, Tripoli) have broken out at the perceived failure of the government in addressing economic problems. The government’s decision to raise taxes on gasoline, tobacco and on WhatsApp calls was the trigger that ignited these protests.
- The on ground situation is fluid, but expect road/highway blockages in Beirut.
What to do:
- Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, travelling alone at night, hiking alone, and don’t look like an easy victim (e.g. looking like a tourist/flaunting valuables).
- Monitor local media in case of any terrorist threats, and avoid the danger zones and demonstrations.
- Do not travel to:
- Tripoli neighbourhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab-al-Tabbaneh
- 5km of Lebanon-Syria border
- South of Litani River; Palestinian refugee settlements
- North eastern Beka’a Valley region
- Avoid travel to:
- Tripoli and northern Lebanon, north of a line from El Kuds/Jamal Abdul Nasser Road in Tripoli to Sir Ed Dinniyeh and Laboue
- Southern suburbs (Dahiyeh) of Beirut, including west of airport road