UAE Advises Citizens to Avoid Travel to Lebanon

The UAE foreign ministry on Sunday advised Emirati citizens not to travel to Lebanon “except in case of utmost necessity” due to “the current situation in the region, especially in Lebanon.”

''If necessary, holders of diplomatic and special passports planning to travel to Lebanon should obtain prior permits from the Ministry and should coordinate with it before departure,'' the ministry said in a statement.

It asked holders of normal passports to sign a pledge at the airport to take full responsibility when they travel to Lebanon.

Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Hamed, the ministry's undersecretary, said the travel advice was issued “out of the ministry's keenness to maintain the safety of citizens.”

He appealed to Emiratis to comply with the travel advice until further notice and take utmost caution when traveling abroad.

In December 2012, the United Arab Emirates issued a similar travel advisory.

“We have taken this decision because of the political situation in Lebanon and in surrounding countries,” the foreign ministry said back then.

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