The security and safety situation in Lebanon is unstable and unpredictable. It depends on where you intend to go and with whom.
It seems that Beirut is generally ok, although many foreign governments are advising their citizens to think about not going anywhere in Lebanon at the moment. And there are other parts of the country which have been put on Do Not Travel lists.
South of the Litani river (close to israel) has been off-limits to tourists for several years. You need a special permit to go there. The region is subject to sudden violent cross-border clashes and rocket attacks.
Syrian-linked clashes have made parts of Tripoli (north-eastern suburbs) potentially dangerous to tourists.
There have been several kidnapping and ransom crimes in the Bekaa valley in recent months and there are warnings about avoiding the region.
Border regions in the north (because of the Syrian situation) are also potentially dangerous, especially in the vicinity of Wadi Khaled.
I would not tour around lebanon without the advice (and company) of a local who knows the ins-and-outs of the political situation and the places to avoid.
In addition, because of those Do Not Travel advisories from foreign governments, you will find that your travel insurance will not cover you for travel in those regions. Check your government's advice carefully, or have a look at Australia's advice for a guide (read it here: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Lebanon ) and then speak to your insurer about your options.
If you're sticking to Beirut the potential for trouble is significantly reduced, but as I said before the security situation is unstable and unpredictable, you should heed the advice of your government and make your own assessment of the situation according to your own circumstances. If, after all that, you decide to go anyway, I urge you to exercise extreme caution and try to be as informed as possible about the situation - talk to a trusted local every day about what's happening and where potential trouble-spots may be.
Phil at the safety Hub over 5 years ago
It is safe yes.. we lead a normal life...Not all regions are at war (this is the sad paradox of this country) I'm from Lebanon, born and raised here, and for me it's like any other country ... we go to work, we go clubbing, and visit every corner of the country... the only unsafe thing here is driving and the traffic ;)
Anyway, I just noticed that that post was 11 months ago, so did u get a chance to come? almost 5 years agoAnswered by christine safi via WorldNomads.com