BEIRUT: The United Kingdom has relaxed its recently tightened travel advice to Lebanon and is now only advising against travel to some areas in the country, a statement from the embassy said Wednesday.
“We are no longer advising against all but essential travel to Lebanon. However, we continue to advise against travel to some areas in Lebanon,” the statement said.
The UK advised its citizens last month against all but essential travel to Lebanon due to spiking regional tensions and an increase of violence linked to the war in Syria, changing a long-standing position on the safety of its citizens in the country.
The warning came as the possibility of strikes against Syria by Western countries loomed.
The official travel advisory in August warned against all but essential travel to Lebanon and specifically discouraged travel to Tripoli, the Syrian border, parts of the Bekaa Valley and Beirut's Hezbollah-controlled southern suburbs.
British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher said he is “pleased to signal that we are no longer discouraging travel to Lebanon.”
“The situation remains uncertain, and we will keep our advice under close review. We are keen to keep faith with this resilient and inspiring corner of the region, and to play our part in helping Lebanon come through the storm,” he added.
The ambassador also reiterated the UK’s continued support to Lebanon and support for the country’s stability.