The U.S. State Department has recently revised its travel advisory for Lebanon, moving it from the “Do Not Travel” category to “Reconsider Travel.”
This shift reflects changing conditions in the country, although specific regions such as south Lebanon, the Syrian border, and refugee settlements remain under the “Do Not Travel” designation due to ongoing safety concerns.
The updated advisory emphasizes the importance for U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Lebanon to be vigilant and review their personal security plans.
It particularly warns against travel to southern Lebanon, below the city of Saida (Sidon), where cross-border conflicts between Israel and Hezbollah persist. Daily exchanges of rocket, missile, and artillery fire in this area have resulted in numerous casualties and injuries.
Tensions along the Lebanese-Israeli border have escalated since the outbreak of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah, with both sides experiencing casualties and displacements.
The situation underscores the need for travelers to exercise caution and stay informed about the evolving security environment in Lebanon.