Ban Lifted on Lebanon Tickets

WASHINGTON -- Lifting a ban imposed in 1985, the Transportation Department ruled that travel agents and U.S. and foreign airlines can sell tickets to Lebanon, effective immediately.

The DOT also said U.S. carriers can offer interline service to the country, although direct flights are not authorized.

U.S. citizens have been allowed to travel to Lebanon the past year, although the State Department has a travel warning that recommends "only those Americans with compelling reasons" should visit the country due to terrorist attacks.

U.S. agents and airlines previously could sell tickets to Beirut to non-U.S. citizens.

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