The below security message from U.S. Embassy Beirut was sent to U.S. citizen registrants in Lebanon on September 23, 2014.
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Regional Events
The U.S. Embassy in Beirut advises U.S. citizens in Lebanon that coalition airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria have begun. While there is no specific threat against U.S. citizens in Lebanon, we encourage U.S. citizens to take appropriate measures to ensure their safety and security, and to exercise heightened awareness of their surroundings at all times.
In recent weeks, kidnappings have become more prevalent in northern and eastern Lebanon. While it does not appear U.S. citizens are being specifically targeted, the U.S. Embassy strongly recommends heightened precautions, including avoiding these areas. The Embassy urges all U.S. citizens in Lebanon to monitor the media for the latest developments.
Please regularly monitor the State Department’s website, Travel.State.Gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Lebanon, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. You can also read the Country Specific Information for Lebanon from within this website. For additional information, refer to “Traveler’s Checklist ” on the State Department’s website.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Lebanon enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). You may also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
The U.S. Embassy in Beirut Lebanon is located at Awkar facing the Municipality, PO Box 70-840, Beirut and is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, (961) (4) 542600 or (961) (4) 543600. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (961) (4) 542600 or (961) (4) 543600. For further information, U.S. citizens may also access our website at Embassy in Lebanon.