United Arab Emirates: Consular process to be required for some employment visa applicants

Employment visa (entry permit) applicants from certain countries will soon have to process their immigration applications through designated UAE consular service centres in their home country before entering the UAE, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).

Lebanon: Travel update

On 12 November 2015, there were explosions in Burj-al-Barajneh, in the southern suburb area of Beirut. Reports indicate that many people have been killed and injured. The FCO advises against all travel to the southern suburbs of Beirut. Avoid this area and monitor local media for updates.

Frequent demonstrations continue across Lebanon due to the ongoing rubbish collection crisis. Some protests have turned violent. Security forces sometimes use roadblocks, water cannon and tear gas to manage protests. Further demonstrations could occur at short notice. You should avoid all demonstrations and monitor local media for updates.