My friend and I are planning on traveling to Beirut and Syria in September this year. We are both 26 year old females, one from the US and the other from Canada. While I have never been particularly concerned about safety issues, recent concern from friends and family has prompted me to get more advice on the current situation in both countries. Please let me know if there is anything specific that we should keep in mind or places we should avoid or if the situation is just too volatile at the moment. Take care and thanks in advance for the help.
Syria is perfectly safe and has always been so in recent times at least.
Although Lebanon is relatively safe now, there is always a small risk of bomb attacks. I remember the last one in Beirut just being a month or maybe two ago. Southern Lebanon is better avoided altogheter. But I guess places like Tripoli, Biblos, Beirut, Sidon and the inland areas (Bcharré, Zahlé) and on to Syria.
Dutch foreign affairs say to avoid trips that are not necessary to the country, but they warn for every small thing that might happen, even in countries which are very safe.
Utrecht has already answered your point.
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