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    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Lebanon
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Lebanon
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for Baalbek-Hermel governorate; areas within five miles (8km) of the Syrian, Israeli borders

Risk Summary

Lebanon presents a diverse security environment with various security issues; the overall travel risks for the country continue to be rated as MEDIUM. Terrorism currently poses more of an incidental than a direct risk to foreigners, with most attacks targeting personnel and facilities associated with the Shia Muslim movement Hizbullah, Shia civilian areas and occasionally politicians. Attacks have occurred throughout the country, but central areas of the capital Beirut are rarely the focus of militant activity. Nevertheless, there is a low, but credible risk of attacks targeting Westerners.

The rate of petty and violent crime is relatively low, despite the prevalence of firearms. Some areas of the country, namely the Bekaa Valley, have a reputation for kidnapping, which is largely connected to disputes between local families and, in recent years, with the domestic consequences of the conflict in neighbouring Syria. Lebanese and Syrian nationals remain the most likely targets for kidnapping.

Travel to the northern city of Tripoli (North governorate) poses an elevated risk due to the occasional prevalence of violence linked to the Syrian conflict. Clashes between rival districts can rapidly escalate, leading to a deterioration of the security environment. In addition, crime rates are high compared to the rest of the country. Demonstrations in Tripoli are more likely to lead to violence; protests in Beirut tend to be tightly controlled by the security forces.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE


Vaccinations For Lebanon
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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PolioProof of polio vaccination is required from
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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