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Lebanon travel restrictions

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: no Quarantine: no
Airlines Updates

01.07.2020 Middle East Airlines (MEA) starting today (01JUL20) resume scheduled passenger service, initially operating with reduced frequencies. Planned operation for the period of 01JUL20 – 22JUL20, based on the airline’s statement on 30JUN20, as follows.
Beirut – Athens eff 04JUL20 2 weekly (3 weekly from 12JUL20)
Beirut – Brussels eff 04JUL20 3 weekly (2 weekly form 11JUL20)
Beirut – Cairo eff 02JUL20 3 weekly
Beirut – Copenhagen eff 03JUL20 2 weekly
Beirut – Dubai eff 07JUL20 1 daily
Beirut – Frankfurt eff 03JUL20 5 weekly
Beirut – Geneva eff 04JUL20 3 weekly (2 weekly from 13JUL20)
Beirut – Istanbul eff 02JUL20 5 weekly
Beirut – Larnaca eff 05JUL20 3-4 weekly
Beirut – London Heathrow eff 01JUL20 5 weekly (4 weekly from 08JUL20)
Beirut – Madrid eff 09JUL20 1 weekly
Beirut – Milan Malpensa eff 13JUL20 1 weekly
Beirut – Paris CDG eff 01JUL20 1 daily (9 weekly from 11JUL20)
Beirut – Rome eff 09JUL20 1 weekly

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Open for travel from Lebanon
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers must submit a Health Declaration Form here prior to arrival in Lebanon.
    • This does not apply to passengers in transit.
Flight Restrictions

published 20.10.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 96 hours before arrival. The certificate must be in Arabic or English and be issued by an approved laboratory.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

A health declaration form must be completed online at arcg.is.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Passengers arriving from Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe are subject to a PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

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Quarantine

published 20.10.2020

Forced isolation for passengers who arrive from or have been in Iraq
Passengers arriving from Iraq must have a hotel reservation confirmation for 72 hours for either Golden Tulip Hotel, Kanaan Hotels, Lancaster Hotels, Radisson Blu Martinez or Radisson Blu Verdun.

Quarantine is possible
Passengers could be subject to quarantine.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All travellers arriving in Lebanon are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities within 96 hours prior to travel, and to show the result at check-in before proceeding to immigration. Passengers not having a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS) will not be allowed to board planes departing to Lebanon. Upon arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport, all passengers will be required to take another PCR test. Certain airlines are covering the cost of this test whilst others may not.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Other country requirement(s) (2019)
Polio vaccination is required for travellers arriving from or going to affected countries, in accordance with
WHO recommendations. Proof of meningococcal (groups A, C, Y and W-135) meningitis vaccination is
required for travellers going to Hajj, Umrah and to some African countries.

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Full Restrictions

  • Lebanon International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Lebanon on a limited number of routes. Entry to Lebanon : Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July with initially limited capacity of 2,000 passengers daily and limited flights. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must fill this health declaration form online before departure, as required by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). Passengers travelling to Lebanon, except military personnel, diplomats, members of international organizations, UNIFIL and members of the Lebanese National Social Security Fund or staff cooperative, need to possess an insurance policy that is valid for the duration of their stay in Lebanon, covering all costs of treatment for Coronavirus on Lebanese territory. Alternatively, the policy can be obtained at the insurance counters upon their arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.

    Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From 23 September, if you have travelled from a country where the Government of Lebanon considers PCR tests to be accurate, you must take an additional PCR test within 72 hours of your arrival. You must also self-quarantine before the test and whilst waiting for your results. If your second test result comes back negative, you are able to end your quarantine. If your test is positive, follow Lebanese government advice. If you do not wish to take a second PCR test, you can instead choose to quarantine at your accommodation for 10 days, from the date of your arrival.
    If you have travelled from Egypt, Syria, Turkey and all African countries, you must proceed to your accommodation and quarantine for 48 hours, until you receive the results of a PCR test conducted at the airport.
    All passengers arriving in Lebanon from Iraq, except Lebanese and foreigners residing in Lebanon, must conduct a PCR check upon arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport at their own expense. $50 per passenger will be added to the ticket price for doing the required PCR Test upon arrival at the airport.
    All passengers from Iraq (except Lebanese and resident foreigners) must have a pre-paid hotel booking for 72 hours in a Government of Lebanon-approved hotel, before travel. On arrival, they must quarantine in one of these hotels for 72 hours during which time a PCR test will be conducted. They will not be allowed to leave the quarantine hotel until they receive the second test result. However, the Lebanese government is keeping these measures under review and they may change at short notice. You must comply with any amended regulations for testing and self-isolation. You should check with your airline and the Embassy of Lebanon in the country you are travelling from before travel.

    Transit passengers: There are no testing or additional COVID-19 related procedures required for transiting travelers. Passengers with a short transit time will be allowed to proceed directly to their gate, those with a longer transit time will have to wait at a designated gate where a cafeteria is available.

    Internal Restrictions:
    When traveling around Lebanon, including to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than three people in them (including the driver), unless they are all from the same household. Other vehicles should limit passenger numbers to a third of total capacity.
    On 8 September the Lebanese government amended the curfew hours that had previously been in place. Movement is now prohibited between 1am and 6am. The airport will continue to operate at 10% capacity (as before) but all passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Aid workers contributing to the relief efforts of the 4 August explosion in Beirut will be exempt from restrictions.
    Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising). Individuals must maintain a safe distance from one another and avoid crowded areas. Those over the age of 65 years old are advised to stay home and not go out unless absolutely necessary.
    In addition, localised lockdowns have been imposed on specific towns throughout Lebanon. Official and private institutions will be shut apart from hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and chemists and supermarkets for delivery only. All places of worship will be closed and all religious services cancelled. Social events and gatherings are banned. These restrictions are updated regularly and you should check in advance before travelling within Lebanon.
    Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all local measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice and localised lockdowns may be introduced.
    Hotels and private rentals are available. You should check that accommodation is open and receiving guests before booking, and request information on the measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    On 8 September, the Lebanese Government announced a continuation of lockdown measures. Essential businesses (e.g. grocery stores, pharmacies) are permitted to operate, as are bars and entertainment venues. However, indoor pools, parks, and play areas will remain closed.

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    13.10.2020
  • Lebanon International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Lebanon on a limited number of routes. Entry to Lebanon : Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July with initially limited capacity of 2,000 passengers daily and limited flights. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must fill this health declaration form online before departure, as required by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). Passengers travelling to Lebanon, except military personnel, diplomats, members of international organizations, UNIFIL and members of the Lebanese National Social Security Fund or staff cooperative, need to possess an insurance policy that is valid for the duration of their stay in Lebanon, covering all costs of treatment for Coronavirus on Lebanese territory. Alternatively, the policy can be obtained at the insurance counters upon their arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.

    Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From 23 September, if you have travelled from a country where the Government of Lebanon considers PCR tests to be accurate, you must take an additional PCR test within 72 hours of your arrival. You must also self-quarantine before the test and whilst waiting for your results. If your second test result comes back negative, you are able to end your quarantine. If your test is positive, follow Lebanese government advice. If you do not wish to take a second PCR test, you can instead choose to quarantine at your accommodation for 10 days, from the date of your arrival.
    If you have travelled from Egypt, Syria, Turkey and all African countries, you must proceed to your accommodation and quarantine for 48 hours, until you receive the results of a PCR test conducted at the airport.
    All passengers arriving in Lebanon from Iraq, except Lebanese and foreigners residing in Lebanon, must conduct a PCR check upon arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport at their own expense. $50 per passenger will be added to the ticket price for doing the required PCR Test upon arrival at the airport.
    All passengers from Iraq (except Lebanese and resident foreigners) must have a pre-paid hotel booking for 72 hours in a Government of Lebanon-approved hotel, before travel. On arrival, they must quarantine in one of these hotels for 72 hours during which time a PCR test will be conducted. They will not be allowed to leave the quarantine hotel until they receive the second test result. However, the Lebanese government is keeping these measures under review and they may change at short notice. You must comply with any amended regulations for testing and self-isolation. You should check with your airline and the Embassy of Lebanon in the country you are travelling from before travel.

    Transit passengers: There are no testing or additional COVID-19 related procedures required for transiting travelers. Passengers with a short transit time will be allowed to proceed directly to their gate, those with a longer transit time will have to wait at a designated gate where a cafeteria is available.

    Internal Restrictions:
    When traveling around Lebanon, including to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than three people in them (including the driver), unless they are all from the same household. Other vehicles should limit passenger numbers to a third of total capacity.
    On 8 September the Lebanese government amended the curfew hours that had previously been in place. Movement is now prohibited between 1am and 6am. The airport will continue to operate at 10% capacity (as before) but all passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Aid workers contributing to the relief efforts of the 4 August explosion in Beirut will be exempt from restrictions.
    Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising). Individuals must maintain a safe distance from one another and avoid crowded areas. Those over the age of 65 years old are advised to stay home and not go out unless absolutely necessary. Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all local measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice and localised lockdowns may be introduced.
    Between 8am local time on Sunday 4 October and 6am on Monday 12 October, there will be additional localised lockdowns imposed on specific towns throughout Lebanon. Official and private institutions will be shut apart from hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and chemists and supermarkets for delivery only. All places of worship will be closed and all religious services cancelled. Social events and gatherings are banned. These restrictions do not apply to Beirut or other large towns in Lebanon, but you should check in advance before travelling.
    Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all local measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice and further localised lockdowns may be introduced.
    Hotels and private rentals are available. You should check that accommodation is open and receiving guests before booking, and request information on the measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    On 8 September, the Lebanese Government announced a continuation of lockdown measures. Essential businesses (e.g. grocery stores, pharmacies) are permitted to operate, as are bars and entertainment venues. However, indoor pools, parks, and play areas will remain closed.

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    02.10.2020
  • Lebanon State of emergency declared in Beirut following massive explosion (NBC, 05.08.2020)

    *****International Restrictions
    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Lebanon on a limited number of routes. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must fill this health declaration form online [https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/988ba32e1b634902ba3b14c3e4f1614d] before departure, as required by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health. Passengers travelling to Lebanon, except military personnel, diplomats, members of international organizations, UNIFIL and members of the Lebanese National Social Security Fund or staff cooperative, need to possess an insurance policy that is valid for the duration of their stay in Lebanon, covering all costs of treatment for Coronavirus on Lebanese territory. All travellers arriving in Lebanon are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities within 96 hours prior to travel, and to show the result at check-in before proceeding to immigration. Children below age of 12 are exempted from PCR test. Passengers not having a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS) will not be allowed to board planes departing to Lebanon. Upon arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport, all passengers will be required to take another PCR test. Certain airlines are covering the cost of this test whilst others may not. Passengers travelling from countries where the Government of Lebanon considers PCR tests to be accurate must then proceed to their accommodation and adhere to home quarantine until receiving the result (up to 48 hours). Passengers travelling from countries where PCR tests are considered inaccurate must then proceed to self isolate for 48 hours in one of the hotels selected by the Ministry of Tourism, until they receive the results of the test conducted at the airport. Passengers are required to book a 48 hour stay at one of these hotels before boarding their plane. Such travellers will then have to take a second test after 72 hours at their own expense at an accredited laboratory in accordance with the instructions of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health. Passengers will not be allowed to leave their quarantine hotel until informed of their second test result. Passengers who left Lebanon for a period not exceeding one week are not required to do a PCR test before departure but will be subject to a PCR test on arrival.
    **Transit: There are no testing or additional COVID-19 related procedures required for transiting travellers. Passengers with a short transit time will be allowed to proceed directly to their gate, those with a longer transit time will have to wait at a designated gate where a cafeteria is available.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    Authorities reimpose restrictions until 10 August as COVID-19 infections rise (Reuters, 27.07.2020)
    When traveling around Lebanon, including to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than three people in them (including the driver), unless they are all from the same household. Other vehicles should limit passenger numbers to a third of total capacity. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising). Individuals must maintain a safe distance from one another and avoid crowded areas. Those over the age of 65 years old are advised to stay home and not go out unless absolutely necessary. Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. Hotels and private rentals are available. You should check that accommodation is open and receiving guests before booking, and request information on the measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Public and larger gatherings are banned. Some facilities remain closed, including schools, playgrounds, theatres and cinemas. Some public markets, banks, pharmacies, hotels, restaurants, beaches, swimming pools, nurseries, gyms, public parks and gardens, pubs and nightclubs, summer camps and other facilities are starting to re-open but you should check in advance. From 28 July until 10 August 2020, the government of Lebanon is re-imposing some preventative measures and many leisure facilities are shut, with others operating at reduced hours or capacity. You are advised to contact venues in advance.
    From 30 July until 3 August and from 6 August until 10 August 2020, the country will be on lock-down. Hotels, food, pharmaceutical and medical facilities are permitted to remain open, but may operate at reduced hours or choose to shut. Delivery and take away food services will only be available from 06:00-20:00. Public transportation (Mini Van, Buses) will be working with a 50 % capacity. Three persons are only allowed in Taxies.

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    29.09.2020
  • Lebanon *****International Restrictions
    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Lebanon on a limited number of routes. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must fill this health declaration form online [https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/988ba32e1b634902ba3b14c3e4f1614d] before departure, as required by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health. Passengers travelling to Lebanon, except military personnel, diplomats, members of international organizations, UNIFIL and members of the Lebanese National Social Security Fund or staff cooperative, need to possess an insurance policy that is valid for the duration of their stay in Lebanon, covering all costs of treatment for Coronavirus on Lebanese territory. All travellers arriving in Lebanon are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities within 96 hours prior to travel, and to show the result at check-in before proceeding to immigration. Children below age of 12 are exempted from PCR test. Passengers not having a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS) will not be allowed to board planes departing to Lebanon. Upon arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport, all passengers will be required to take another PCR test. Certain airlines are covering the cost of this test whilst others may not. Passengers travelling from countries where the Government of Lebanon considers PCR tests to be accurate must then proceed to their accommodation and adhere to home quarantine until receiving the result (up to 48 hours). Passengers travelling from countries where PCR tests are considered inaccurate must then proceed to self isolate for 48 hours in one of the hotels selected by the Ministry of Tourism, until they receive the results of the test conducted at the airport. Passengers are required to book a 48 hour stay at one of these hotels before boarding their plane. Such travellers will then have to take a second test after 72 hours at their own expense at an accredited laboratory in accordance with the instructions of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health. Passengers will not be allowed to leave their quarantine hotel until informed of their second test result. Passengers who left Lebanon for a period not exceeding one week are not required to do a PCR test before departure but will be subject to a PCR test on arrival.
    **Transit: There are no testing or additional COVID-19 related procedures required for transiting travellers. Passengers with a short transit time will be allowed to proceed directly to their gate, those with a longer transit time will have to wait at a designated gate where a cafeteria is available.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    Authorities reimpose restrictions until 10 August as COVID-19 infections rise (Reuters, 27.07.2020)
    When traveling around Lebanon, including to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than three people in them (including the driver), unless they are all from the same household. Other vehicles should limit passenger numbers to a third of total capacity. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising). Individuals must maintain a safe distance from one another and avoid crowded areas. Those over the age of 65 years old are advised to stay home and not go out unless absolutely necessary. Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. Hotels and private rentals are available. You should check that accommodation is open and receiving guests before booking, and request information on the measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Public and larger gatherings are banned. Some facilities remain closed, including schools, playgrounds, theatres and cinemas. Some public markets, banks, pharmacies, hotels, restaurants, beaches, swimming pools, nurseries, gyms, public parks and gardens, pubs and nightclubs, summer camps and other facilities are starting to re-open but you should check in advance. From 28 July until 10 August 2020, the government of Lebanon is re-imposing some preventative measures and many leisure facilities are shut, with others operating at reduced hours or capacity. You are advised to contact venues in advance.
    From 30 July until 3 August and from 6 August until 10 August 2020, the country will be on lock-down. Hotels, food, pharmaceutical and medical facilities are permitted to remain open, but may operate at reduced hours or choose to shut. Delivery and take away food services will only be available from 06:00-20:00. Public transportation (Mini Van, Buses) will be working with a 50 % capacity. Three persons are only allowed in Taxies.

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    29.07.2020
  • Lebanon *****International Restrictions
    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Lebanon on a limited number of routes. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must fill this health declaration form online [https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/988ba32e1b634902ba3b14c3e4f1614d] before departure, as required by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health. Passengers travelling to Lebanon, except military personnel, diplomats, members of international organizations, UNIFIL and members of the Lebanese National Social Security Fund or staff cooperative, need to possess an insurance policy that is valid for the duration of their stay in Lebanon, covering all costs of treatment for Coronavirus on Lebanese territory. All travellers arriving in Lebanon are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities within 96 hours prior to travel, and to show the result at check-in before proceeding to immigration. Passengers not having a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS) will not be allowed to board planes departing to Lebanon. Upon arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport, all passengers will be required to take another PCR test. Certain airlines are covering the cost of this test whilst others may not. Passengers travelling from countries where the Government of Lebanon considers PCR tests to be accurate must then proceed to their accommodation and adhere to home quarantine until receiving the result (up to 48 hours). Passengers travelling from countries where PCR tests are considered inaccurate must then proceed to self isolate for 48 hours in one of the hotels selected by the Ministry of Tourism, until they receive the results of the test conducted at the airport. Passengers are required to book a 48 hour stay at one of these hotels before boarding their plane. Such travellers will then have to take a second test after 72 hours at their own expense at an accredited laboratory in accordance with the instructions of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health. Passengers will not be allowed to leave their quarantine hotel until informed of their second test result. Passengers who left Lebanon for a period not exceeding one week are not required to do a PCR test before departure but will be subject to a PCR test on arrival.
    **Transit: There are no testing or additional COVID-19 related procedures required for transiting travellers. Passengers with a short transit time will be allowed to proceed directly to their gate, those with a longer transit time will have to wait at a designated gate where a cafeteria is available.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    Authorities reimpose restrictions until 10 August as COVID-19 infections rise (Reuters, 27.07.2020)
    When traveling around Lebanon, including to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than three people in them (including the driver), unless they are all from the same household. Other vehicles should limit passenger numbers to a third of total capacity. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising). Individuals must maintain a safe distance from one another and avoid crowded areas. Those over the age of 65 years old are advised to stay home and not go out unless absolutely necessary. Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. Hotels and private rentals are available. You should check that accommodation is open and receiving guests before booking, and request information on the measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Public and larger gatherings are banned. Some facilities remain closed, including schools, playgrounds, theatres and cinemas. Some public markets, banks, pharmacies, hotels, restaurants, beaches, swimming pools, nurseries, gyms, public parks and gardens, pubs and nightclubs, summer camps and other facilities are starting to re-open but you should check in advance. From 28 July until 10 August 2020, the government of Lebanon is re-imposing some preventative measures and many leisure facilities are shut, with others operating at reduced hours or capacity. You are advised to contact venues in advance.
    From 30 July until 3 August and from 6 August until 10 August 2020, the country will be on lock-down. Hotels, food, pharmaceutical and medical facilities are permitted to remain open, but may operate at reduced hours or choose to shut. Delivery and take away food services will only be available from 06:00-20:00.

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    29.07.2020
  • Lebanon Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport to reopen 1 July; air traffic will be kept at 10 percent capacity (Reuters, 12.06.2020).

    *****International Restrictions
    Beirut’s Rafic Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July with initially limited capacity of 2,000 passengers daily and limited flights. All land border crossings into Syria remain closed indefinitely since March 12. For more information on the new regulations please refer to this guidance [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW1defdeYtg]. (Copy and paste the link into your browser)

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    When traveling around Lebanon, including to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than three people in them (including the driver), unless they are all from the same household. Other vehicles should limit passenger numbers to a third of total capacity.Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising). Individuals must maintain a safe distance from one another and avoid crowded areas. Those over the age of 65 years old are advised to stay home and not go out unless absolutely necessary.Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all local measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice and localised lockdowns may be introduced. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.

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    17.07.2020
  • Lebanon Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport to reopen 1 July; air traffic will be kept at 10 percent capacity (Reuters, 12.06.2020).

    *****International Restrictions
    Beirut’s Rafic Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July with initially limited capacity of 2,000 passengers daily and limited flights.
    People travelling to Beirut will be required to comply with testing and self-isolation measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including covid-19, will not be allowed to board the aircraft.

    Travellers arriving in Lebanon from countries where PCR testing is available, except for children under five years of age, are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities within 96 hours prior to travel, and to show the result at check-in before proceeding to immigration. If the test result is positive, the passenger will be prohibited from boarding the aircraft.
    Upon arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport, passengers will be required to take another PCR test, and must adhere to home quarantine until receiving the result (between 24 hours to 48 hours). Certain airlines are covering the cost of this test whilst others may not. Travellers should check with their airline. There are some exceptions to these measures – travellers should check with the airline.
    Passengers travelling from countries without PCR testing capability will be required to have a test on arrival excluding children under five years of age. Passengers travelling with some airlines may be required to pay $100 for the test, to be paid through the airline, whilst certain airlines may cover the cost. Travellers should check with their airline. Passengers will have to take a second test after 72 hours at their own expense at an accredited laboratory in accordance with the instructions of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health and must adhere to quarantine until the result of the new PCR test is issued via text message along with an electronic copy.
    For passengers travelling from countries where PCR testing is not available for all, but who have conducted the PCR test there within 96 hours prior to their trip to Lebanon and the result was negative, it is possible to be exempted from another PCR test 72 hours after their arrival in Lebanon, according to the decision of the Ministry of Public Health Medical Team at the airport.
    If you test positive, you will have to self-isolate and follow Ministry of Health guidelines.
    Passengers who left Lebanon for a period not exceeding one week will be exempt from PCR testing on arrival.
    All passengers travelling to Lebanon must fill this health declaration form online before departure, as required by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health [https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/988ba32e1b634902ba3b14c3e4f1614d]. In case this is not possible, the form can be filled on-board, in order to enter Lebanese territory.
    Passengers travelling to Lebanon, except military personnel, diplomats, members of international organizations, UNIFIL and members of the Lebanese National Social Security Fund or staff cooperative, need to possess an insurance policy that is valid for the duration of their stay in Lebanon, covering all costs of treatment for Coronavirus on Lebanese territory. Alternatively, the policy can be obtained through this website [https://www.covid19travelcare.com/web/#/], or at the insurance counters upon their arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    The Lebanese government has extended the general mobilization until 2 August. The former 12 midnight-to-5:00 a.m curfew is no longer in effect.
    The Lebanese authorities have put in place a number of measures to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The detailed restrictions are changing on a regular basis. The latest Lebanese Government decisions and guidance can be found here [http://drm.pcm.gov.lb/Programs/Be-Informed/]. Current restrictions include: Public and larger gatherings are banned. Some facilities remain closed, including schools, playgrounds, theatres and cinemas. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising); Individuals must maintain a safe distance from one another and avoid crowded areas. Those over the age of 65 years old are advised to stay home and not go out unless absolutely necessary. Private cars should have no more than three people in them (including the driver), unless they are all from the same household. Other vehicles should limit passenger numbers to a third of total capacity. Some public markets, banks, pharmacies, hotels, restaurants, beaches, swimming pools, nurseries, gyms, public parks and gardens, pubs and nightclubs, summer camps and other facilities are starting to re-open but you should check in advance.
    Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these restrictions for up to three years. You should comply with all local restrictions introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These restrictions may be changed at short notice.

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    10.07.2020
  • Lebanon Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport to reopen 1 July; air traffic will be kept at 10 percent capacity (Reuters, 12.06.2020).

    *****International Restrictions
    Beirut’s Rafic Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July with initially limited capacity of 2,000 passengers daily and limited flights.
    People travelling to Beirut will be required to comply with testing and self-isolation measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including covid-19, will not be allowed to board the aircraft.

    Travellers arriving in Lebanon from countries where PCR testing is available, except for children under five years of age, are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities within 96 hours prior to travel, and to show the result at check-in before proceeding to immigration. If the test result is positive, the passenger will be prohibited from boarding the aircraft.
    Upon arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport, passengers will be required to take another PCR test, and must adhere to home quarantine until receiving the result (between 24 hours to 48 hours). Certain airlines are covering the cost of this test whilst others may not. Travellers should check with their airline. There are some exceptions to these measures – travellers should check with the airline.
    Passengers travelling from countries without PCR testing capability will be required to have a test on arrival excluding children under five years of age. Passengers travelling with some airlines may be required to pay $100 for the test, to be paid through the airline, whilst certain airlines may cover the cost. Travellers should check with their airline. Passengers will have to take a second test after 72 hours at their own expense at an accredited laboratory in accordance with the instructions of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health and must adhere to quarantine until the result of the new PCR test is issued via text message along with an electronic copy.
    For passengers travelling from countries where PCR testing is not available for all, but who have conducted the PCR test there within 96 hours prior to their trip to Lebanon and the result was negative, it is possible to be exempted from another PCR test 72 hours after their arrival in Lebanon, according to the decision of the Ministry of Public Health Medical Team at the airport.
    If you test positive, you will have to self-isolate and follow Ministry of Health guidelines.
    Passengers who left Lebanon for a period not exceeding one week will be exempt from PCR testing on arrival.
    All passengers travelling to Lebanon must fill this health declaration form online before departure, as required by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health [https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/988ba32e1b634902ba3b14c3e4f1614d]. In case this is not possible, the form can be filled on-board, in order to enter Lebanese territory.
    Passengers travelling to Lebanon, except military personnel, diplomats, members of international organizations, UNIFIL and members of the Lebanese National Social Security Fund or staff cooperative, need to possess an insurance policy that is valid for the duration of their stay in Lebanon, covering all costs of treatment for Coronavirus on Lebanese territory. Alternatively, the policy can be obtained through this website [https://www.covid19travelcare.com/web/#/], or at the insurance counters upon their arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    The Lebanese authorities have put in place a number of measures to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The detailed restrictions are changing on a regular basis. The latest Lebanese Government decisions and guidance can be found here [http://drm.pcm.gov.lb/Programs/Be-Informed/]. Current restrictions include: Public and larger gatherings are banned. Some facilities remain closed, including schools, playgrounds, theatres and cinemas. A curfew remains in place daily from 12 midnight until 5:00 a.m., to include private vehicular travel. The Lebanese government has extended the general mobilization until August 2.. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising); Individuals must maintain a safe distance from one another and avoid crowded areas. Those over the age of 65 years old are advised to stay home and not go out unless absolutely necessary. Private cars should have no more than three people in them (including the driver), unless they are all from the same household. Other vehicles should limit passenger numbers to a third of total capacity. Some public markets, banks, pharmacies, hotels, restaurants, beaches, swimming pools, nurseries, gyms, public parks and gardens, pubs and nightclubs, summer camps and other facilities are starting to re-open but you should check in advance.
    Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these restrictions for up to three years. You should comply with all local restrictions introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These restrictions may be changed at short notice.

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    03.07.2020
  • Lebanon Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport to reopen 1 July; air traffic will be kept at 10 percent capacity (Reuters, 12.06.2020).

    *****International Restrictions
    Rafic Al Harriri airport is reported to resume commercial flights on 5 July 2020. The Lebanese authorities have closed Lebanon’s borders, including Beirut Rafic Hariri Airport. There are some exceptions to the closure: those with Lebanese nationality and Lebanese residency.
    People travelling to Beirut will be required to comply with testing and self-isolation measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Passengers travelling from countries with PCR testing capability will be required to take a PCR test within 96 hours prior to travel and take another test on arrival at a cost of $100 paid through the airline. You will be informed of the test results within 24 hours of arrival and if both tests are negative, no self-isolation will be required. Passengers travelling from countries without PCR test capability will be required to have a test on arrival at the cost of $100 paid through the airline and then self-isolate followed by another PCR test 72 hours after arrival paid for by the passenger. If both tests are negative, no further self-isolation will be required. If you test positive, you will have to self-isolate and follow Ministry of Health guidelines. Passengers who left Lebanon for a period not exceeding one week will be exempt from PCR testing on arrival.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    The Lebanese authorities have put in place a number of measures to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The detailed restrictions are changing on a regular basis. The latest Lebanese Government decisions and guidance can be found here [http://drm.pcm.gov.lb/Programs/Be-Informed/]. Current restrictions include: Public and larger gatherings are banned. Some facilities remain closed, including schools, playgrounds, theatres and cinemas. A curfew remains in place daily from 12 midnight until 5:00 a.m., to include private vehicular travel. The Lebanese government has extended the general mobilization until August 2.. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising); Individuals must maintain a safe distance from one another and avoid crowded areas. Those over the age of 65 years old are advised to stay home and not go out unless absolutely necessary. Private cars should have no more than three people in them (including the driver), unless they are all from the same household. Other vehicles should limit passenger numbers to a third of total capacity. Some public markets, banks, pharmacies, hotels, restaurants, beaches, swimming pools, nurseries, gyms, public parks and gardens, pubs and nightclubs, summer camps and other facilities are starting to re-open but you should check in advance.
    Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these restrictions for up to three years. You should comply with all local restrictions introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These restrictions may be changed at short notice.

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    01.07.2020
  • Lebanon Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport to reopen 1 July; air traffic will be kept at 10 percent capacity (Reuters, 12.06.2020).

    *****International Restrictions
    Rafic Al Harriri airport is reported to resume commercial flights on 5 July 2020. The Lebanese authorities have closed Lebanon’s borders, including Beirut Rafic Hariri Airport. There are some exceptions to the closure: those with Lebanese nationality and Lebanese residency.
    People travelling to Beirut will be required to comply with testing and self-isolation measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Passengers travelling from countries with PCR testing capability will be required to take a PCR test within 96 hours prior to travel and take another test on arrival at a cost of $100 paid through the airline. You will be informed of the test results within 24 hours of arrival and if both tests are negative, no self-isolation will be required. Passengers travelling from countries without PCR test capability will be required to have a test on arrival at the cost of $100 paid through the airline and then self-isolate followed by another PCR test 72 hours after arrival paid for by the passenger. If both tests are negative, no further self-isolation will be required. If you test positive, you will have to self-isolate and follow Ministry of Health guidelines. Passengers who left Lebanon for a period not exceeding one week will be exempt from PCR testing on arrival.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    The Lebanese authorities have put in place a number of measures to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The detailed restrictions are changing on a regular basis. The latest Lebanese Government decisions and guidance can be found here [http://drm.pcm.gov.lb/Programs/Be-Informed/]. Current restrictions include: Public and larger gatherings are banned. Some facilities remain closed, including schools, playgrounds, theatres and cinemas. There should be no movement from 11:59 pm to 5 am. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising); Individuals must maintain a safe distance from one another and avoid crowded areas. Those over the age of 65 years old are advised to stay home and not go out unless absolutely necessary. Private cars should have no more than three people in them (including the driver), unless they are all from the same household. Other vehicles should limit passenger numbers to a third of total capacity. Some public markets, banks, pharmacies, hotels, restaurants, beaches, swimming pools, nurseries, gyms, public parks and gardens, pubs and nightclubs, summer camps and other facilities are starting to re-open but you should check in advance.
    Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these restrictions for up to three years. You should comply with all local restrictions introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These restrictions may be changed at short notice.

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    29.06.2020
  • Lebanon Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport to reopen 1 July; air traffic will be kept at 10 percent capacity (Reuters, 12.06.2020).

    Flights to Lebanon are suspended.
    – This does not apply to:
    – diplomatic delegations working in Lebanon;
    – international organizations personnel;
    – military;
    – search and rescue, state aircraft and emergency medical flights;
    – United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) personnel associated with drilling operations in Block No. 4.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    A nightly curfew is in place between 11.59 and 05.00.
    Restaurants and coffee shops are permitted to resume dine-in operations at 50% capacity between 05.00 and 19.00. Other food shops, including sweet shops, are only allowed to offer delivery services. Millers, bakeries, hospitals, factories, hotels and petrol stations can operate on a 24/7 basis.
    Currency exchange services are permitted to operate between 08.00 and 18.00.
    Private cars should have no more than three people in them (including the driver), unless they are all from the same household.
    Other vehicles should limit passenger numbers to a third of total capacity. Vans and buses are only allowed to operate at one-third capacity.
    Many facilities remain closed, including schools, nightclubs and pubs, parks, public gardens, playgrounds, theatres and cinemas.
    Individuals are required to wear masks and observe social distancing.

    *****Relaxation on restrictions:
    The government on 18 May resumed with a five-step plan to gradually ease restrictions, including allowing some businesses to reopen.
    Some banks, pharmacies, hotels, restaurants, beaches, swimming pools, nurseries, gyms and other facilities are starting to re-open but you are advised to check in advance.

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    16.06.2020
  • Lebanon International Restrictions: All air, land and sea ports remain closed. This includes Rafic Hariri International AIrport (BEY) although some repatriation flights continue to be scheduled for citizens/residents abroad. Internal Restrictions: Economy will gradually reopen following four-day shutdown; no date set for reopening airport for commercial flights (Reuters, 17.05.2020) The government on 18 May resumed with a five-step plan to gradually ease restrictions, including allowing some businesses to reopen. A nightly curfew is in place between 19.00 and 05.00. Restaurants and coffee shops are permitted to resume dine-in operations at 50% capacity between 05.00 and 19.00. Other food shops, including sweet shops, are only allowed to offer delivery services. Millers, bakeries, hospitals, factories, hotels and petrol stations can operate on a 24/7 basis. Currency exchange services are permitted to operate between 08.00 and 18.00. Vehicles with number plates ending with an odd number are only allowed on the roads on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while those ending with an even number (including zero) are allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All vehicles can be used on Sundays. Vans and buses are only allowed to operate at one-third capacity. Cinema halls, public parks and malls remain closed until further notice. Individuals are required to wear masks and observe social distancing. Coffee shops, entertainment venues and places of worship remain closed.

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    19.05.2020
  • Lebanon Lebanon:

    Economy will gradually reopen following four-day shutdown; no date set for reopening airport for commercial flights (Reuters, 17.05.2020) Flights to Lebanon are suspended. – This does not apply to search and rescue, state aircraft and emergency medical flights. – This does not apply to diplomatic delegations working in Lebanon. – This does not apply to International Organizations personnel. – This does not apply to UNIFIL forces and personnel working for companies associated with drilling operations in Block No. 4. – This does not apply to military.

    International restrictions:

    A total lockdown of the country is in place from 12 May 19.00 until 18 May 05.00. During this period a countrywide curfew is effective from 18.00 and 05.00 (no movement permitted – except for emergencies) on Sunday no car movement permitted for cars, trucks and bikes. Exemptions to the total lockdown: -Hospitals and medical facilities, industries, agriculture, airport, public institutions, doctors, nurses, military, red cross, civil defense, emergencies, municipalities, media, employees of Lebanese presidency, Parliament, Cabinet, electricity of Lebanon, water of Lebanon, garbage collectors. These individuals can move during the total lockdown but might be asked by security forces to show a professional card. – Food sector: retail sales (supermarkets, pastry shops, cheese shops, fish shops, butcher’s shops) and food wholesalers can open from 05.00 to 18.00 (millers and bakers allowed to open 24/7). – Oil stations and gas distribution stations: open from 05.00 to 18.00. – Industries: (manufacturing plants for drugs and medical equipment, detergents, disinfectants, production of masks and protective clothing, food products, bottling of drinking water) from 05.00 to 18.00 (hospitals and pharmacies 24/7). Vehicles with number plates ending with an odd number are only allowed on the roads on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while those ending with an even number (including zero) are allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. No vehicles are allowed to travel on Sundays. People can only leave their homes for essential purposes such as buying food or for medical needs. As part of the second stage restrictions reduction plan, re-opening of seaside promenades for pedestrian movement was announced from 4 May, individuals are required to wear masks and observe social distancing.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Lebanon will gradually reopen its economy beginning on Monday 18 May. A five-stage plan for resuming economic activity unveiled last month envisages most economic activity restored after a final period beginning on June 8. (Reuters, 17.05.2020)

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    18.05.2020
  • Lebanon Government extends night curfew amid rise (Andalou, 11.05.2020) Flights to Lebanon are suspended. – This does not apply to search and rescue, state aircraft and emergency medical flights. – This does not apply to diplomatic delegations working in Lebanon. – This does not apply to International Organizations personnel. – This does not apply to UNIFIL forces and personnel working for companies associated with drilling operations in Block No. 4. – This does not apply to military.

    International restrictions:

    A curfew is in place from 19.00 to 05.00 until 26 May under the ‘general mobilisation’ measure, which grants the authorities special powers in matters related to movement, transport, energy and telecommunications. All air, land and sea ports are closed until at least 10 May under a ‘state of medical emergency’. This includes Rafic Hariri International AIrport (BEY) although some repatriation flights continue to be scheduled for citizens/residents abroad. Vehicles with number plates ending with an odd number are only allowed on the roads on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while those ending with an even number (including zero) are allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. No vehicles are allowed to travel on Sundays. People can only leave their homes for essential purposes such as buying food or for medical needs. As part of the second stage restrictions reduction plan, re-opening of seaside promenades for pedestrian movement was announced from 4 May, individuals are required to wear masks and observe social distancing.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://lb.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening

    Published on 11.05.2020

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    12.05.2020
  • Lebanon Lebanon extends coronavirus lockdown to May 24 (Reuters, 05.05.2020)

    Flights to Lebanon are suspended.
    – This does not apply to search and rescue, state aircraft and emergency medical flights.
    – This does not apply to diplomatic delegations working in Lebanon.
    – This does not apply to International Organizations personnel.
    – This does not apply to UNIFIL forces and personnel working for companies associated with drilling operations in Block No. 4.
    – This does not apply to military.

    International restrictions:

    A curfew is in place from 21.00 to 05.00 until 26 May under the ‘general mobilisation’ measure, which grants the authorities special powers in matters related to movement, transport, energy and telecommunications.
    All air, land and sea ports are closed until at least 10 May under a ‘state of medical emergency’. This includes Rafic Hariri International AIrport (BEY) although some repatriation flights continue to be scheduled for citizens/residents abroad.
    Vehicles with number plates ending with an odd number are only allowed on the roads on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while those ending with an even number (including zero) are allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. No vehicles are allowed to travel on Sundays. People can only leave their homes for essential purposes such as buying food or for medical needs.
    As part of the second stage restrictions reduction plan, re-opening of seaside promenades for pedestrian movement was announced from 4 May, individuals are required to wear masks and observe social distancing.

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    10.05.2020
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