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Lebanon travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: no Quarantine: partial
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

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 96 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
– This does not apply to passengers returning to Lebanon within 1 week.

Passengers must complete a “Airport Tracking Registration Form” before departure at https://covid.pcm.gov.lb/ . This will generate an approval e-mail or SMS which must be presented upon arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

Passengers and airline crew are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

A health declaration form must be completed online at https://arcg.is/0GaDnG .

Passengers must install the “covidlebtrack” mobile app.

Quarantine is possible
Passengers and airline crew could be subject to quarantine for 72 hours.

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Flight Restrictions

published 27.11.2020

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.

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 96 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

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

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Quarantine

published 27.11.2020

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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  • Lebanon Latest news: As from 23MAR21, thre is no need to complete the electronic form (Sources, 23.03.2021). Authorities to ease COVID-19 lockdown in four stages starting 8 February (Reuters, 05.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Lebanon: Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July 2020 and there are direct and indirect commercial flights operating daily. 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 arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.
    *Certificate requirements and measures within Lebanon: If you’re travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement. The government has announced that you are exempt from this requirement if you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine more than 15 days prior to your departure to Lebanon. However, you must have received the second dose of the vaccine in one of the following places: Lebanon, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, European countries (including the UK), Asian countries, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco or Tunisia. As there is currently no means to certify vaccinations for international travel, all travellers should continue to obtain a PCR test as stated above. Check with your local Lebanese embassy or airline if you are unclear whether your vaccine is recognised. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including COVID-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft.
    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 in Lebanon.
    *Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to take an additional PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 72 hours. Travellers will also be required to download and activate the “Covid Leb Track” mobile application on arrival to Lebanon, and to present the application to the authorities at Beirut International Airport at the time of the PCR test.
    Diplomats and their families, official delegations and UNFIL officers are exempt from the quarantine measures, as well as those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, on the condition that they have proof of vaccination and take a PCR test on arrival as a precautionary measure. 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 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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: During the month of Ramadan, from Monday 12 April to Wednesday 12 May 2021, there is a nation-wide curfew in place between 9.30pm and 5am. All religious and social gatherings and events are prohibited. Places of worship may open at 30% capacity for prayer. You must apply online via this platform to undertake certain activities such as going to the bank or going food shopping. Certain activities e.g. going to clothes shops, the hairdressers or veterinary clinics do not require this authorisation. Contact the Lebanese embassy for further details. Restaurants, cafes and gyms are open between 6am and 9pm, in keeping with the curfew. Restaurants and cafes are restricted to 50% capacity. Gyms are restricted to 30% capacity and cannot deliver exercise classes. Supermarket, pharmacy and restaurant delivery services are operating 24/7. Hotels are also open 24/7.
    Beirut International airport remains open. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice.
    Taxis continue to operate. Given the curfew, you are advised to book taxis ahead of time. Taxis and private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Buses are allowed to operate with a maximum capacity of 50%.
    Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone).
    Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice.
    Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

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    16.04.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: As from 23MAR21, thre is no need to complete the electronic form (Sources, 23.03.2021). Authorities to ease COVID-19 lockdown in four stages starting 8 February (Reuters, 05.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *All passengers travelling to Beirut after 27 January: – Shall hold a Negative PCR not more than 96 hours to show at counters for boarding. Exemption for children under 12 ; – All Passengers arriving to Lebanon shall download and activate the” Covidlebtrack” application and present it to the MOPH representatives at the airport; – All Passengers shall confirm their home quarantine localisation upon arrival to airport and respect the quarantine period (72 hours) to avoid legal actions; – PCR test shall be conducted upon arrival to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (PCR fees included in the ticket)
    *Exemptions from Home quarantine apply for: -Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and UNIFIL; -Passengers who submit documents confirming a previous infection with coronavirus ( recent negative PCR test with a positive test lasting more than 15 days) or a positive IgG test to be presented to MOPH representatives for reviewing the medical case and approves it; – Passengers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a medical certification that ( full Vaccination protocol shall be completed depending on the Vaccination type) and PCR test will be conducted upon airport arrival as a precautional measures; – Passengers who travelled out of Lebanon and will return within one week. Also they are exempted from PCR test from countries of departure, and shall perform a PCR test at the airport upon arrival; -Transit passengers are excluded from home quarantine and PCR test upon arrival to airport. However transit passengers shall cross the border before their PCR test result period from the country of departure exceed the 96 hours.
    Commercial flights are operating to and from Lebanon. Travellers to Lebanon are required to present a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to arrival in Lebanon at check-in. All travellers will also have to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 72 hours, unless an exemption applies: If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 (i.e. can present proof of a positive test, dated more than 15 days prior to arrival in Lebanon), providing you now have a negative test; If you have an IgG positive antibody test showing a percentage of those antibodies in the blood above the required rate; For disabled passengers, those with special needs or autism, holding a medical report, which is approved on an individual basis by the Ministry of Public Health representatives at the airport. Travellers will also be required to download and activate the “Covid Leb Track” mobile application on arrival to Lebanon, and to present the application to the authorities at Beirut International Airport at the time of the PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lebanon: During the month of Ramadan, from Monday 12 April to Wednesday 12 May 2021, there is a nation-wide curfew in place between 9.30pm and 5am. All religious and social gatherings and events are prohibited. Places of worship may open at 30% capacity for prayer. You must apply online via this platform to undertake certain activities such as going to the bank or going food shopping. Certain activities e.g. going to clothes shops, the hairdressers or veterinary clinics do not require this authorisation. Contact the Lebanese embassy for further details. Restaurants, cafes and gyms are open between 6am and 9pm, in keeping with the curfew. Restaurants and cafes are restricted to 50% capacity. Gyms are restricted to 30% capacity and cannot deliver exercise classes. Supermarket, pharmacy and restaurant delivery services are operating 24/7. Hotels are also open 24/7.
    Beirut International airport remains open. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice.
    Taxis continue to operate. Given the curfew, you are advised to book taxis ahead of time. Taxis and private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Buses are allowed to operate with a maximum capacity of 50%.
    Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone).
    Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice.
    Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

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    12.04.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: As from 23MAR21, thre is no need to complete the electronic form (Sources, 23.03.2021). Authorities to ease COVID-19 lockdown in four stages starting 8 February (Reuters, 05.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *All passengers travelling to Beirut after 27 January: – Shall hold a Negative PCR not more than 96 hours to show at counters for boarding. Exemption for children under 12 ; – All Passengers arriving to Lebanon shall download and activate the” Covidlebtrack” application and present it to the MOPH representatives at the airport; – All Passengers shall confirm their home quarantine localisation upon arrival to airport and respect the quarantine period (72 hours) to avoid legal actions; – PCR test shall be conducted upon arrival to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (PCR fees included in the ticket)
    *Exemptions from Home quarantine apply for: -Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and UNIFIL; -Passengers who submit documents confirming a previous infection with coronavirus ( recent negative PCR test with a positive test lasting more than 15 days) or a positive IgG test to be presented to MOPH representatives for reviewing the medical case and approves it; – Passengers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a medical certification that ( full Vaccination protocol shall be completed depending on the Vaccination type) and PCR test will be conducted upon airport arrival as a precautional measures; – Passengers who travelled out of Lebanon and will return within one week. Also they are exempted from PCR test from countries of departure, and shall perform a PCR test at the airport upon arrival; -Transit passengers are excluded from home quarantine and PCR test upon arrival to airport. However transit passengers shall cross the border before their PCR test result period from the country of departure exceed the 96 hours.
    Commercial flights are operating to and from Lebanon. Travellers to Lebanon are required to present a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to arrival in Lebanon at check-in. All travellers will also have to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 72 hours, unless an exemption applies: If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 (i.e. can present proof of a positive test, dated more than 15 days prior to arrival in Lebanon), providing you now have a negative test; If you have an IgG positive antibody test showing a percentage of those antibodies in the blood above the required rate; For disabled passengers, those with special needs or autism, holding a medical report, which is approved on an individual basis by the Ministry of Public Health representatives at the airport. Travellers will also be required to download and activate the “Covid Leb Track” mobile application on arrival to Lebanon, and to present the application to the authorities at Beirut International Airport at the time of the PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lebanon: There is a nation-wide curfew in place between 10pm and 5am. All religious and social gatherings and events are prohibited. You must apply online via this platform to undertake certain activities such as going to the bank or going food shopping. Certain activities e.g. going to clothes shops, the hairdressers or veterinary clinics do not require this authorisation. Contact the Lebanese embassy for further details. Restaurants, cafes and gyms are open between 6am and 9pm, in keeping with the curfew. Gyms can only reach 30% of their total capacity and cannot deliver exercise classes. Food delivery services are operating, including in the evenings, and hotels are now open 24/7.
    Beirut International airport remains open. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice. Taxis continue to operate. Given the curfew, you are advised to book taxis ahead of time. Taxis and private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Buses are allowed to operate with a maximum capacity of 50%.
    Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone).
    Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice.
    Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

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    07.04.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: As from 23MAR21, thre is no need to complete the electronic form (Sources, 23.03.2021). Authorities to ease COVID-19 lockdown in four stages starting 8 February (Reuters, 05.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *All passengers travelling to Beirut after 27 January: – Shall hold a Negative PCR not more than 96 hours to show at counters for boarding. Exemption for children under 12 ; – All Passengers arriving to Lebanon shall download and activate the” Covidlebtrack” application and present it to the MOPH representatives at the airport; – All Passengers shall confirm their home quarantine localisation upon arrival to airport and respect the quarantine period (72 hours) to avoid legal actions; – PCR test shall be conducted upon arrival to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (PCR fees included in the ticket)
    *Exemptions from Home quarantine apply for: -Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and UNIFIL; -Passengers who submit documents confirming a previous infection with coronavirus ( recent negative PCR test with a positive test lasting more than 15 days) or a positive IgG test to be presented to MOPH representatives for reviewing the medical case and approves it; – Passengers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a medical certification that ( full Vaccination protocol shall be completed depending on the Vaccination type) and PCR test will be conducted upon airport arrival as a precautional measures; – Passengers who travelled out of Lebanon and will return within one week. Also they are exempted from PCR test from countries of departure, and shall perform a PCR test at the airport upon arrival; -Transit passengers are excluded from home quarantine and PCR test upon arrival to airport. However transit passengers shall cross the border before their PCR test result period from the country of departure exceed the 96 hours.
    Commercial flights are operating to and from Lebanon. Travellers to Lebanon are required to present a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to arrival in Lebanon at check-in. All travellers will also have to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 72 hours, unless an exemption applies: If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 (i.e. can present proof of a positive test, dated more than 15 days prior to arrival in Lebanon), providing you now have a negative test; If you have an IgG positive antibody test showing a percentage of those antibodies in the blood above the required rate; For disabled passengers, those with special needs or autism, holding a medical report, which is approved on an individual basis by the Ministry of Public Health representatives at the airport. Travellers will also be required to download and activate the “Covid Leb Track” mobile application on arrival to Lebanon, and to present the application to the authorities at Beirut International Airport at the time of the PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lebanon: There is a nation-wide curfew in place between 10pm and 5am. All religious and social gatherings and events are prohibited. You must apply online via this platform to undertake certain activities such as going to the bank or going food shopping. Certain activities e.g. going to clothes shops, the hairdressers or veterinary clinics do not require this authorisation. Contact the Lebanese embassy for further details. Restaurants, cafes and gyms are open between 6am and 9pm, in keeping with the curfew. Gyms can only reach 30% of their total capacity and cannot deliver exercise classes. Food delivery services are operating, including in the evenings, and hotels are now open 24/7.
    Lebanon will enter a total lockdown from 5am on 3 April until 5am on 6 April, over the Easter weekend. Restaurants and cafes will be closed and movement is prohibited. Supermarkets will remain open during the lockdown, though some may close for Easter Sunday: you should check opening hours in advance.
    Beirut International airport remains open. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice.
    Taxis continue to operate. Given the curfew, you are advised to book taxis ahead of time. Taxis and private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Buses are allowed to operate with a maximum capacity of 50%.
    Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone).
    Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice.
    Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

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    29.03.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: As from 23MAR21, thre is no need to complete the electronic form (Sources, 23.03.2021). Authorities to ease COVID-19 lockdown in four stages starting 8 February (Reuters, 05.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *All passengers travelling to Beirut after 27 January: – Shall hold a Negative PCR not more than 96 hours to show at counters for boarding. Exemption for children under 12 ; – All Passengers arriving to Lebanon shall download and activate the” Covidlebtrack” application and present it to the MOPH representatives at the airport; – All Passengers shall confirm their home quarantine localisation upon arrival to airport and respect the quarantine period (72 hours) to avoid legal actions; – PCR test shall be conducted upon arrival to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (PCR fees included in the ticket)
    *Exemptions from Home quarantine apply for: -Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and UNIFIL; -Passengers who submit documents confirming a previous infection with coronavirus ( recent negative PCR test with a positive test lasting more than 15 days) or a positive IgG test to be presented to MOPH representatives for reviewing the medical case and approves it; – Passengers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a medical certification that ( full Vaccination protocol shall be completed depending on the Vaccination type) and PCR test will be conducted upon airport arrival as a precautional measures; – Passengers who travelled out of Lebanon and will return within one week. Also they are exempted from PCR test from countries of departure, and shall perform a PCR test at the airport upon arrival; -Transit passengers are excluded from home quarantine and PCR test upon arrival to airport. However transit passengers shall cross the border before their PCR test result period from the country of departure exceed the 96 hours.
    Commercial flights are operating to and from Lebanon. Travellers to Lebanon are required to present a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to arrival in Lebanon at check-in. All travellers will also have to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 72 hours, unless an exemption applies: If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 (i.e. can present proof of a positive test, dated more than 15 days prior to arrival in Lebanon), providing you now have a negative test; If you have an IgG positive antibody test showing a percentage of those antibodies in the blood above the required rate; For disabled passengers, those with special needs or autism, holding a medical report, which is approved on an individual basis by the Ministry of Public Health representatives at the airport. Travellers will also be required to download and activate the “Covid Leb Track” mobile application on arrival to Lebanon, and to present the application to the authorities at Beirut International Airport at the time of the PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lebanon: There is a nation-wide curfew in place between 8pm and 5am. All religious and social gatherings and events are prohibited. You must apply online via this platform to undertake certain activities such as going to the bank or going food shopping. Certain activities e.g. going to clothes shops, the hairdressers or veterinary clinics do not require this authorisation. Contact the Lebanese embassy for further details. Restaurants, cafes and gyms are open between 6am and 7pm, in keeping with the curfew. Gyms can only reach 30% of their total capacity and cannot deliver exercise classes. Food delivery services are operating, including in the evenings, and hotels are now open 24/7. Beirut International airport remains open. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice.
    Taxis continue to operate. Given the curfew, you are advised to book taxis ahead of time. Taxis and private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Buses are allowed to operate with a maximum capacity of 50%. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone). Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

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    23.03.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: Authorities to ease COVID-19 lockdown in four stages starting 8 February (Reuters, 05.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *All passengers travelling to Beirut after 27 January: – Shall hold a Negative PCR not more than 96 hours to show at counters for boarding. Exemption for children under 12 ; – Shall fill in the electronic form through the following Website: covid.pcm.gov.lb (attached detailed instructions) and show the received approval they obtained by e-mail or SMS to the airline (Passengers who do not complete the form are not allowed to board). Exemption for children under 12; – Fill in Medical form issued by Lebanese Ministry of Public Health to be completed prior boarding to Lebanon: here; – All Passengers arriving to Lebanon shall download and activate the” Covidlebtrack” application and present it to the MOPH representatives at the airport; – All Passengers shall confirm their home quarantine localisation upon arrival to airport and respect the quarantine period (72 hours) to avoid legal actions; – PCR test shall be conducted upon arrival to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (PCR fees included in the ticket)
    *Exemptions from Home quarantine apply for: -Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and UNIFIL; -Passengers who submit documents confirming a previous infection with coronavirus ( recent negative PCR test with a positive test lasting more than 15 days) or a positive IgG test to be presented to MOPH representatives for reviewing the medical case and approves it; – Passengers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a medical certification that ( full Vaccination protocol shall be completed depending on the Vaccination type) and PCR test will be conducted upon airport arrival as a precautional measures; – Passengers who travelled out of Lebanon and will return within one week. Also they are exempted from PCR test from countries of departure, and shall perform a PCR test at the airport upon arrival; -Transit passengers are excluded from home quarantine and PCR test upon arrival to airport. However transit passengers shall cross the border before their PCR test result period from the country of departure exceed the 96 hours.
    Commercial flights are operating to and from Lebanon. Travellers to Lebanon are required to present a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to arrival in Lebanon at check-in. All travellers will also have to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 72 hours, unless an exemption applies: If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 (i.e. can present proof of a positive test, dated more than 15 days prior to arrival in Lebanon), providing you now have a negative test; If you have an IgG positive antibody test showing a percentage of those antibodies in the blood above the required rate; For disabled passengers, those with special needs or autism, holding a medical report, which is approved on an individual basis by the Ministry of Public Health representatives at the airport. Travellers will also be required to download and activate the “Covid Leb Track” mobile application on arrival to Lebanon, and to present the application to the authorities at Beirut International Airport at the time of the PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lebanon: There is a nation-wide curfew in place between 8pm and 5am. All religious and social gatherings and events are prohibited. You must apply online via this platform to undertake certain activities such as going to the bank or going food shopping. Certain activities e.g. going to clothes shops, the hairdressers or veterinary clinics do not require this authorisation. Contact the Lebanese embassy for further details. Restaurants, cafes and gyms are open between 6am and 7pm, in keeping with the curfew. Gyms can only reach 30% of their total capacity and cannot deliver exercise classes. Food delivery services are operating, including in the evenings, and hotels are now open 24/7. Beirut International airport remains open. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice.
    Taxis continue to operate. Given the curfew, you are advised to book taxis ahead of time. Taxis and private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Buses are allowed to operate with a maximum capacity of 50%. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone). Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

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    22.03.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: Authorities to ease COVID-19 lockdown in four stages starting 8 February (Reuters, 05.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *All passengers travelling to Beirut after 27 January: – Shall hold a Negative PCR not more than 96 hours to show at counters for boarding. Exemption for children under 12 ; – Shall fill in the electronic form through the following Website: covid.pcm.gov.lb (attached detailed instructions) and show the received approval they obtained by e-mail or SMS to the airline (Passengers who do not complete the form are not allowed to board). Exemption for children under 12; – Fill in Medical form issued by Lebanese Ministry of Public Health to be completed prior boarding to Lebanon: here; – All Passengers arriving to Lebanon shall download and activate the” Covidlebtrack” application and present it to the MOPH representatives at the airport; – All Passengers shall confirm their home quarantine localisation upon arrival to airport and respect the quarantine period (72 hours) to avoid legal actions; – PCR test shall be conducted upon arrival to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (PCR fees included in the ticket)
    *Exemptions from Home quarantine apply for: -Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and UNIFIL; -Passengers who submit documents confirming a previous infection with coronavirus ( recent negative PCR test with a positive test lasting more than 15 days) or a positive IgG test to be presented to MOPH representatives for reviewing the medical case and approves it; – Passengers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a medical certification that ( full Vaccination protocol shall be completed depending on the Vaccination type) and PCR test will be conducted upon airport arrival as a precautional measures; – Passengers who travelled out of Lebanon and will return within one week. Also they are exempted from PCR test from countries of departure, and shall perform a PCR test at the airport upon arrival; -Transit passengers are excluded from home quarantine and PCR test upon arrival to airport. However transit passengers shall cross the border before their PCR test result period from the country of departure exceed the 96 hours.
    Commercial flights are operating to and from Lebanon. Travellers to Lebanon are required to present a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to arrival in Lebanon at check-in. All travellers will also have to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 72 hours, unless an exemption applies: If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 (i.e. can present proof of a positive test, dated more than 15 days prior to arrival in Lebanon), providing you now have a negative test; If you have an IgG positive antibody test showing a percentage of those antibodies in the blood above the required rate; For disabled passengers, those with special needs or autism, holding a medical report, which is approved on an individual basis by the Ministry of Public Health representatives at the airport. Travellers will also be required to download and activate the “Covid Leb Track” mobile application on arrival to Lebanon, and to present the application to the authorities at Beirut International Airport at the time of the PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lebanon: There is a nation-wide curfew in place between 8pm and 5am. All religious and social gatherings and events are prohibited. You must apply online to undertake certain activities such as going to the bank or going food shopping. You can apply for this online. Certain activities e.g. going to clothes shops, the hairdressers or veterinary clinics do not require this authorisation. Please contact the Lebanese embassy for further details. Food delivery services are operating, including in the evenings, and hotels are now open 24/7.
    Beirut International airport remains open. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice. Taxis continue to operate. Given the curfew, you are advised to book taxis ahead of time. Taxis and private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Buses are allowed to operate with a maximum capacity of 50%.
    Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone). Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice.
    Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

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    09.03.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: Authorities to ease COVID-19 lockdown in four stages starting 8 February (Reuters, 05.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *All passengers travelling to Beirut after 27 January: – Shall hold a Negative PCR not more than 96 hours to show at counters for boarding. Exemption for children under 12 ; – Shall fill in the electronic form through the following Website: covid.pcm.gov.lb (attached detailed instructions) and show the received approval they obtained by e-mail or SMS to the airline (Passengers who do not complete the form are not allowed to board). Exemption for children under 12; – Fill in Medical form issued by Lebanese Ministry of Public Health to be completed prior boarding to Lebanon: here; – All Passengers arriving to Lebanon shall download and activate the” Covidlebtrack” application and present it to the MOPH representatives at the airport; – All Passengers shall confirm their home quarantine localisation upon arrival to airport and respect the quarantine period (72 hours) to avoid legal actions; – PCR test shall be conducted upon arrival to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (PCR fees included in the ticket)
    *Exemptions from Home quarantine apply for: -Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and UNIFIL; -Passengers who submit documents confirming a previous infection with coronavirus ( recent negative PCR test with a positive test lasting more than 15 days) or a positive IgG test to be presented to MOPH representatives for reviewing the medical case and approves it; – Passengers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a medical certification that ( full Vaccination protocol shall be completed depending on the Vaccination type) and PCR test will be conducted upon airport arrival as a precautional measures; – Passengers who travelled out of Lebanon and will return within one week. Also they are exempted from PCR test from countries of departure, and shall perform a PCR test at the airport upon arrival; -Transit passengers are excluded from home quarantine and PCR test upon arrival to airport. However transit passengers shall cross the border before their PCR test result period from the country of departure exceed the 96 hours.
    Commercial flights are operating to and from Lebanon. Travellers to Lebanon are required to present a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to arrival in Lebanon at check-in. All travellers will also have to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 72 hours, unless an exemption applies: If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 (i.e. can present proof of a positive test, dated more than 15 days prior to arrival in Lebanon), providing you now have a negative test; If you have an IgG positive antibody test showing a percentage of those antibodies in the blood above the required rate; For disabled passengers, those with special needs or autism, holding a medical report, which is approved on an individual basis by the Ministry of Public Health representatives at the airport. Travellers will also be required to download and activate the “Covid Leb Track” mobile application on arrival to Lebanon, and to present the application to the authorities at Beirut International Airport at the time of the PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Lebanon: There is a nation-wide curfew in place between 8pm and 5am. All religious and social gatherings and events are prohibited. You must apply online to undertake certain activities such as going to the bank, going food shopping and going skiing. You can apply for this online . Certain activities e.g. going to clothes shops or veterinary clinics do not require this authorisation. Please contact the Lebanese embassy for further details. Beirut International airport will remain open. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice. Taxis continue to operate. Given the curfew, you are advised to book taxis ahead of time. Taxis and private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Buses are allowed to operate with a maximum capacity of 50%. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone). Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose roadblocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

    Read more
    03.03.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: Authorities to ease COVID-19 lockdown in four stages starting 8 February (Reuters,05.02.2021 ). 24-hour lockdown extended until 8 February (Reuters, 21.01.2021). Lebanon government tightens COVID-19 lockdown, imposes 24-hour curfew from 14 January; air traffic will be cut to 20 percent (Reuters, 11.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *All passengers travelling to Beirut after 27 January:
    – Shall hold a Negative PCR not more than 96 hours to show at counters for boarding. Exemption for children under 12 ;
    – Shall fill in the electronic form through the following Website: covid.pcm.gov.lb (attached detailed instructions) and show the received approval they obtained by e-mail or SMS to the airline (Passengers who do not complete the form are not allowed to board). Exemption for children under 12 ;
    – Fill in Medical form issued by Lebanese Ministry of Public Health to be completed prior boarding to Lebanon: here;
    – All Passengers arriving to Lebanon shall download and activate the” Covidlebtrack” application and present it to the MOPH representatives at the airport;
    – All Passengers shall confirm their home quarantine localisation upon arrival to airport and respect the quarantine period (72 hours) to avoid legal actions;
    – PCR test shall be conducted upon arrival to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (PCR fees included in the ticket)
    *Exemptions from Home quarantine apply for:
    -Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and UNIFIL;
    -Passengers who submit documents confirming a previous infection with coronavirus ( recent negative PCR test with a positive test lasting more than 15 days) or a positive IgG test to be presented to MOPH representatives for reviewing the medical case and approves it;
    – Passengers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a medical certification that ( full Vaccination protocol shall be completed depending on the Vaccination type) and PCR test will be conducted upon airport arrival as a precautional measures;
    – Passengers who travelled out of Lebanon and will return within one week. Also they are exempted from PCR test from countries of departure, and shall perform a PCR test at the airport upon arrival;
    -Transit passengers are excluded from home quarantine and PCR test upon arrival to airport. However transit passengers shall cross the border before their PCR test result period from the country of departure exceed the 96 hours;

    *Entry to Lebanon: Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July and there are direct and indirect commercial flights operating daily. From Monday 11 January 2021, the number of incoming passengers allowed into the airport will be reduced to 20% compared to January 2020.
    Land and sea borders will close between 14 January and 8 February, in keeping with the total curfew, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. 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 arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.
    *Certificate requirements and measures within Lebanon: If you’re travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement. You must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including COVID-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft. 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 in Lebanon.
    *Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to take an additional PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 72 hours. Travellers will also be required to download and activate the “Covid Leb Track” mobile application on arrival to Lebanon, and to present the application to the authorities at Beirut International Airport at the time of the PCR test. Diplomats and their families, official delegations and UNFIL officers are exempt from the quarantine measures, as well as those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, on the condition that they have proof of vaccination and take a PCR test on arrival as a precautionary measure. 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 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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: Lebanon has declared a total curfew which it will lift gradually to allow more businesses to operate. Movement is generally prohibited. You must not leave your accommodation. All hospitality businesses and public institutions will close and banks are operating a greatly reduced service. There are some exemptions for essential work and you can apply by mobile phone or internet to leave your accommodation to undertake certain activities such as medical appointments, chemists and food shopping. Food delivery services are operating, including in the evenings. The Lebanese government have introduced an online system where you can request an exemption from the curfew for essential purposes e.g. going to a chemist, medical appointment or to buy food. You can do this online via this link.
    Beirut International airport will remain open, but land and sea borders will close, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice. When travelling to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Wearing masks for all passengers is obligatory. Given the total curfew, you are advised to book taxis to and from the airport ahead of time. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone). Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

    Read more
    11.02.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: Authorities to ease COVID-19 lockdown in four stages starting 8 February (Reuters,05.02.2021 ). 24-hour lockdown extended until 8 February (Reuters, 21.01.2021). Lebanon government tightens COVID-19 lockdown, imposes 24-hour curfew from 14 January; air traffic will be cut to 20 percent (Reuters, 11.01.2021). Government will impose full lockdown until 1 February (Reuters, 04.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *All passengers travelling to Beirut after 27 January:
    – Shall hold a Negative PCR not more than 96 hours to show at counters for boarding. Exemption for children under 12 ;
    – Shall fill in the electronic form through the following Website: covid.pcm.gov.lb (attached detailed instructions) and show the received approval they obtained by e-mail or SMS to the airline (Passengers who do not complete the form are not allowed to board). Exemption for children under 12 ;
    – Fill in Medical form issued by Lebanese Ministry of Public Health to be completed prior boarding to Lebanon: here;
    – All Passengers arriving to Lebanon shall download and activate the” Covidlebtrack” application and present it to the MOPH representatives at the airport;
    – All Passengers shall confirm their home quarantine localisation upon arrival to airport and respect the quarantine period (72 hours) to avoid legal actions;
    – PCR test shall be conducted upon arrival to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (PCR fees included in the ticket)
    *Exemptions from Home quarantine apply for:
    -Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and UNIFIL;
    -Passengers who submit documents confirming a previous infection with coronavirus ( recent negative PCR test with a positive test lasting more than 15 days) or a positive IgG test to be presented to MOPH representatives for reviewing the medical case and approves it;
    – Passengers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a medical certification that ( full Vaccination protocol shall be completed depending on the Vaccination type) and PCR test will be conducted upon airport arrival as a precautional measures;
    – Passengers who travelled out of Lebanon and will return within one week. Also they are exempted from PCR test from countries of departure, and shall perform a PCR test at the airport upon arrival;
    -Transit passengers are excluded from home quarantine and PCR test upon arrival to airport. However transit passengers shall cross the border before their PCR test result period from the country of departure exceed the 96 hours;

    *Entry to Lebanon: Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July and there are direct and indirect commercial flights operating daily. From Monday 11 January 2021, the number of incoming passengers allowed into the airport will be reduced to 20% compared to January 2020.
    Land and sea borders will close between 14 January and 8 February, in keeping with the total curfew, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. 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 arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.
    *Certificate requirements and measures within Lebanon: If you’re travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement. You must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including COVID-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft. 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 in Lebanon.
    *Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to take an additional PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 72 hours. Travellers will also be required to download and activate the “Covid Leb Track” mobile application on arrival to Lebanon, and to present the application to the authorities at Beirut International Airport at the time of the PCR test. Diplomats and their families, official delegations and UNFIL officers are exempt from the quarantine measures, as well as those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, on the condition that they have proof of vaccination and take a PCR test on arrival as a precautionary measure. 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 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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: Lebanon has declared a total curfew which it will lift gradually to allow more businesses to operate. Movement is generally prohibited. You must not leave your accommodation. All hospitality businesses and public institutions will close and banks are operating a greatly reduced service. There are some exemptions for essential work and you can apply by mobile phone or internet to leave your accommodation to undertake certain activities such as medical appointments, chemists and food shopping. Food delivery services are operating, including in the evenings.
    The Lebanese government have introduced an online system where you can request an exemption from the curfew for essential purposes e.g. going to a chemist, medical appointment or to buy food. You can do this online via this link.
    Beirut International airport will remain open, but land and sea borders will close, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice.
    When travelling to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Wearing masks for all passengers is obligatory. Given the total curfew, you are advised to book taxis to and from the airport ahead of time.
    Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone).
    Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice.
    Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

    Read more
    09.02.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: 24-hour lockdown extended until 8 February (Reuters, 21.01.2021). Lebanon government tightens COVID-19 lockdown, imposes 24-hour curfew from 14 January; air traffic will be cut to 20 percent (Reuers, 11.01.2021). Government will impose full lockdown until 1 February (Reuters, 04.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *All passengers travelling to Beirut after 27 January:
    – Shall hold a Negative PCR not more than 96 hours to show at counters for boarding. Exemption for children under 12 ;
    – Shall fill in the electronic form through the following Website: covid.pcm.gov.lb (attached detailed instructions) and show the received approval they obtained by e-mail or SMS to the airline (Passengers who do not complete the form are not allowed to board). Exemption for children under 12 ;
    – Fill in Medical form issued by Lebanese Ministry of Public Health to be completed prior boarding to Lebanon: here;
    – All Passengers arriving to Lebanon shall download and activate the” Covidlebtrack” application and present it to the MOPH representatives at the airport;
    – All Passengers shall confirm their home quarantine localisation upon arrival to airport and respect the quarantine period (72 hours) to avoid legal actions;
    – PCR test shall be conducted upon arrival to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (PCR fees included in the ticket)
    *Exemptions from Home quarantine apply for:
    -Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and UNIFIL;
    -Passengers who submit documents confirming a previous infection with coronavirus ( recent negative PCR test with a positive test lasting more than 15 days) or a positive IgG test to be presented to MOPH representatives for reviewing the medical case and approves it;
    – Passengers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a medical certification that ( full Vaccination protocol shall be completed depending on the Vaccination type) and PCR test will be conducted upon airport arrival as a precautional measures;
    – Passengers who travelled out of Lebanon and will return within one week. Also they are exempted from PCR test from countries of departure, and shall perform a PCR test at the airport upon arrival;
    -Transit passengers are excluded from home quarantine and PCR test upon arrival to airport. However transit passengers shall cross the border before their PCR test result period from the country of departure exceed the 96 hours;

    *Entry to Lebanon: Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July and there are direct and indirect commercial flights operating daily. From Monday 11 January 2021, the number of incoming passengers allowed into the airport will be reduced to 20% compared to January 2020.
    Land and sea borders will close between 14 January and 8 February, in keeping with the total curfew, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. 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 arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.
    *Certificate requirements and measures within Lebanon: If you’re travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement. You must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including COVID-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft. 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 in Lebanon.
    *Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to take an additional PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 72 hours. Travellers will also be required to download and activate the “Covid Leb Track” mobile application on arrival to Lebanon, and to present the application to the authorities at Beirut International Airport at the time of the PCR test. Diplomats and their families, official delegations and UNFIL officers are exempt from the quarantine measures, as well as those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, on the condition that they have proof of vaccination and take a PCR test on arrival as a precautionary measure. 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 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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: Lebanon has declared a state of emergency from 14 January to 8 February 2021 due to the rise in number of COVID-19 cases. A total curfew will be in place from 5am on 14 January until 5am on 8 February. Movement is completely prohibited – you must not leave your accommodation. All hospitality businesses and public institutions will close. There are some exemptions for essential work. Food delivery services will be allowed to operate between 5am and 5pm. The Lebanese government have introduced an online system where you can request an exemption from the curfew for essential purposes e.g. going to a pharmacy. You can do this via text using this link or online via this link . You will need an Arabic speaker to help you with the guidance for texting. The government are working on an English language option. Beirut International airport will remain open, but land and sea borders will close, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice. When travelling to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Wearing masks for all passengers is obligatory. Given the total curfew, you are advised to book taxis to and from the airport ahead of time. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone). Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

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    31.01.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: 24-hour lockdown extended until 8 February (Reuters, 21.01.2021). Lebanon government tightens COVID-19 lockdown, imposes 24-hour curfew from 14 January; air traffic will be cut to 20 percent (Reuers, 11.01.2021). Government will impose full lockdown until 1 February (Reuters, 04.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    **International travel: Commercial flights are operating to and from Lebanon. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to present at check-in:
    • A negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to arrival in Lebanon.
    • Those arriving before Wednesday 27 January 2021 will also need to provide details of a booking with an approved hotel in Lebanon for quarantine. See further details here.
    All travellers will also have to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 3 days, unless an exemption applies:
    • If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 (i.e. can present proof of a positive test, dated more than 15 days prior to arrival in Lebanon), providing you now have a negative test.
    • If you have an IgG positive antibody test showing a percentage of those antibodies in the blood above the required rate.
    • For disabled passengers, those with special needs or autism, holding a medical report, which is approved on an individual basis by the Ministry of Public Health representatives at the airport.
    If you are arriving from Baghdad, Istanbul, Adana, Cairo or Addis Ababa before Wednesday 27 January 2021, you must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel for 7 days.
    **As per Circular 6/2 of the Directorate of Civili Aviation, from 27 January 2021, no more hotel quarantines will be required.
    **All UNSMS Personnel travelling to Lebanon should hold a negative PCR test latest 96 hours validity prior to boarding. Without such test, no travel to Lebanon can take place.

    *Entry to Lebanon: Entry to Lebanon: Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July and there are direct and indirect commercial flights operating daily. From Monday 11 January 2021, the number of incoming passengers allowed into the airport will be reduced to 20% compared to January 2020.
    Land and sea borders will close between 14 January and 8 February, in keeping with the total curfew, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day.
    All passengers travelling to Lebanon must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight.
    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 arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.
    *Certificate requirements and measures within Lebanon: If you’re travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement. You must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including COVID-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft. 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 in Lebanon.
    *Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to take an additional PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 3 days. If you are arriving before Wednesday 27 January 2021 you must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel and must have a prepaid booking at one of these hotels in order to board your flight to Lebanon. See further details here.
    If you are arriving from Baghdad, Istanbul, Adana, Cairo or Addis Ababa before Wednesday 27 January 2021, you must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel for 7 days.
    Diplomats and their families, official delegations and UNFIL officers are exempt from the quarantine measures, as well as those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, on the condition that they have proof of vaccination and take a PCR test on arrival as a precautionary measure.
    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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: Lebanon has declared a state of emergency from 14 January to 8 February 2021 due to the rise in number of COVID-19 cases. A total curfew will be in place from 5am on 14 January until 5am on 8 February. Movement is completely prohibited – you must not leave your accommodation. All hospitality businesses and public institutions will close. There are some exemptions for essential work. Food delivery services will be allowed to operate between 5am and 5pm. The Lebanese government have introduced an online system where you can request an exemption from the curfew for essential purposes e.g. going to a pharmacy. You can do this via text using this link or online via this link . You will need an Arabic speaker to help you with the guidance for texting. The government are working on an English language option. Beirut International airport will remain open, but land and sea borders will close, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice. When travelling to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Wearing masks for all passengers is obligatory. Given the total curfew, you are advised to book taxis to and from the airport ahead of time. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone). Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

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    27.01.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: 24-hour lockdown extended until 8 February (Reuters, 21.01.2021). Lebanon government tightens COVID-19 lockdown, imposes 24-hour curfew from 14 January; air traffic will be cut to 20 percent (Reuers, 11.01.2021). Government will impose full lockdown until 1 February (Reuters, 04.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    **International travel: Commercial flights are operating to and from Lebanon. Check with your travel company for the latest information.
    From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to present at check-in:
    • A negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to arrival in Lebanon.
    • Those arriving before Wednesday 27 January 2021 will also need to provide details of a booking with an approved hotel in Lebanon for quarantine. See further details here.
    All travellers will also have to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 3 days, unless an exemption applies:
    • If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 (i.e. can present proof of a positive test, dated more than 15 days prior to arrival in Lebanon), providing you now have a negative test.
    • If you have an IgG positive antibody test showing a percentage of those antibodies in the blood above the required rate.
    • For disabled passengers, those with special needs or autism, holding a medical report, which is approved on an individual basis by the Ministry of Public Health representatives at the airport.
    If you are arriving from Baghdad, Istanbul, Adana, Cairo or Addis Ababa before Wednesday 27 January 2021, you must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel for 7 days.
    **As per Circular 6/2 of the Directorate of Civili Aviation, from 27 January 2021, no more hotel quarantines will be required.
    **All UNSMS Personnel travelling to Lebanon should hold a negative PCR test latest 96 hours validity prior to boarding. Without such test, no travel to Lebanon can take place.

    *Entry to Lebanon: Entry to Lebanon: Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July and there are direct and indirect commercial flights operating daily. From Monday 11 January 2021, the number of incoming passengers allowed into the airport will be reduced to 20% compared to January 2020.
    Land and sea borders will close between 14 January and 8 February, in keeping with the total curfew, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day.
    All passengers travelling to Lebanon must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight.
    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 arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.
    *Certificate requirements and measures within Lebanon: If you’re travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement. You must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including COVID-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft. 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 in Lebanon.
    *Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to take an additional PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for 3 days. If you are arriving before Wednesday 27 January 2021 you must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel and must have a prepaid booking at one of these hotels in order to board your flight to Lebanon. See further details here.
    If you are arriving from Baghdad, Istanbul, Adana, Cairo or Addis Ababa before Wednesday 27 January 2021, you must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel for 7 days.
    Diplomats and their families, official delegations and UNFIL officers are exempt from the quarantine measures, as well as those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, on the condition that they have proof of vaccination and take a PCR test on arrival as a precautionary measure.
    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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: Lebanon has declared a state of emergency from 14 January to 8 February 2021 due to the rise in number of COVID-19 cases. A total curfew will be in place from 5am on 14 January until 5am on 8 February. Movement is completely prohibited – you must not leave your accommodation. All hospitality businesses and public institutions will close. There are some exemptions for essential work. Food delivery services will be allowed to operate between 5am and 5pm.
    The Lebanese government have introduced an online system where you can request an exemption from the curfew for essential purposes e.g. going to a pharmacy. You can do this via text using this link or online via this link. You will need an Arabic speaker to help you with the guidance for texting. The government are working on an English language option.
    Beirut International airport will remain open, but land and sea borders will close, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice.
    When travelling to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Wearing masks for all passengers is obligatory. Given the total curfew, you are advised to book taxis to and from the airport ahead of time.
    Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone).
    Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice.
    Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

    Read more
    26.01.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: 24-hour lockdown extended until 8 February (Reuters, 21.01.2021). Lebanon government tightens COVID-19 lockdown, imposes 24-hour curfew from 14 January; air traffic will be cut to 20 percent (Reuers, 11.01.2021). Government will impose full lockdown until 1 February (Reuters, 04.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    **All UNSMS Personnel travelling to Lebanon should hold a negative PCR test latest 96 hours validity prior to boarding. Without such test, no travel to Lebanon can take place.

    *Entry to Lebanon: Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July and there are direct and indirect commercial flights operating daily. From Monday 11 January 2021, the number of incoming passengers allowed into the airport will be reduced to 20% compared to January 2020. Land and sea borders will close between 14 January and 8 February, in keeping with the total curfew, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. 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 arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.
    *Certificate requirements and measures within Lebanon: If you’re travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement. You must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including COVID-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft. 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 in Lebanon.
    *Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to take an additional PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for one week. You must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel for 48 hours until you receive the results of your airport test. Buses will transport passengers from the airport to hotels. You must have a prepaid booking at one of these hotels in order to board your flight to Lebanon. Please see further details here. When you receive your airport test result, if it is negative, you may move to your accommodation. You must continue to quarantine at your accommodation before taking another PCR test (that you must arrange yourself) a week after your arrival. Travellers should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. If both tests are negative, you may leave quarantine. If you are arriving from Baghdad, Istanbul, Adana, Cairo or Addis Ababa, you must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel for the full 7 days. Diplomats and their families, official delegations and UNFIL officers are exempt from the quarantine measures, as well as those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, on the condition that they have proof of vaccination and take a PCR test on arrival as a precautionary measure. 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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: Lebanon has declared a state of emergency from 14 – 25 January 2021 due to the rise in number of COVID-19 cases. A total curfew will be in place from 5am on 14 January until 5am on 25 January. Movement is completely prohibited – you must not leave your accommodation. All hospitality businesses and public institutions will close. There are some exemptions for essential work. Food delivery services will be allowed to operate between 5am and 5pm. The Lebanese government have introduced an online system where you can request an exemption from the curfew for essential purposes e.g. going to a pharmacy. You can do this via text using this link or online via this link. You will need an Arabic speaker to help you with the guidance for texting. The government are working on an English language option. Beirut International airport will remain open, but land and sea borders will close, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice. When travelling to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Wearing masks for all passengers is obligatory. Given the total curfew, you are advised to book taxis to and from the airport ahead of time. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone). Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

    Read more
    22.01.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: Lebanon government tightens COVID-19 lockdown, imposes 24-hour curfew from 14 January; air traffic will be cut to 20 percent (Reuers, 11.01.2021). Government will impose full lockdown until 1 February (Reuters, 04.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    **All UNSMS Personnel travelling to Lebanon should hold a negative PCR test latest 96 hours validity prior to boarding. Without such test, no travel to Lebanon can take place.

    *Entry to Lebanon: Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July and there are direct and indirect commercial flights operating daily. From Monday 11 January 2021, the number of incoming passengers allowed into the airport will be reduced to 20% compared to January 2020. Land and sea borders will close between 14 January and 25 January, in keeping with the total curfew, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. 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 arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.
    *Certificate requirements and measures within Lebanon: If you’re travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement. You must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including COVID-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft. 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 in Lebanon.
    *Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to take an additional PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for one week. You must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel for 48 hours until you receive the results of your airport test. Buses will transport passengers from the airport to hotels. You must have a prepaid booking at one of these hotels in order to board your flight to Lebanon. Please see further details here. When you receive your airport test result, if it is negative, you may move to your accommodation. You must continue to quarantine at your accommodation before taking another PCR test (that you must arrange yourself) a week after your arrival. Travellers should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. If both tests are negative, you may leave quarantine. If you are arriving from Baghdad, Istanbul, Adana, Cairo or Addis Ababa, you must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel for the full 7 days. Diplomats and their families, official delegations and UNFIL officers are exempt from the quarantine measures, as well as those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, on the condition that they have proof of vaccination and take a PCR test on arrival as a precautionary measure. 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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: Lebanon has declared a state of emergency from 14 – 25 January 2021 due to the rise in number of COVID-19 cases. A total curfew will be in place from 5am on 14 January until 5am on 25 January. Movement is completely prohibited – you must not leave your accommodation. All hospitality businesses and public institutions will close. There are some exemptions for essential work. Food delivery services will be allowed to operate between 5am and 5pm. The Lebanese government have introduced an online system where you can request an exemption from the curfew for essential purposes e.g. going to a pharmacy. You can do this via text using this link or online via this link. You will need an Arabic speaker to help you with the guidance for texting. The government are working on an English language option. Beirut International airport will remain open, but land and sea borders will close, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice. When travelling to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Wearing masks for all passengers is obligatory. Given the total curfew, you are advised to book taxis to and from the airport ahead of time. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone). Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

    Read more
    15.01.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: Lebanon government tightens COVID-19 lockdown, imposes 24-hour curfew from 14 January; air traffic will be cut to 20 percent (Reuers, 11.01.2021). Government will impose full lockdown until 1 February (Reuters, 04.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    **All UNSMS Personnel travelling to Lebanon should hold a negative PCR test latest 96 hours validity prior to boarding. Without such test, no travel to Lebanon can take place.

    *Entry to Lebanon: Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July and there are direct and indirect commercial flights operating daily. From Monday 11 January 2021, the number of incoming passengers allowed into the airport will be reduced to 20% compared to January 2020. Land and sea borders will close between 14 January and 25 January, in keeping with the total curfew, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. 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 arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.
    *Certificate requirements and measures within Lebanon: If you’re travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement. You must complete the medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding your flight. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including COVID-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft. 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 in Lebanon.
    *Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to take an additional PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for one week. You must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel for 48 hours until you receive the results of your airport test. Buses will transport passengers from the airport to hotels. You must have a prepaid booking at one of these hotels in order to board your flight to Lebanon. Please see further details here. When you receive your airport test result, if it is negative, you may move to your accommodation. You must continue to quarantine at your accommodation before taking another PCR test (that you must arrange yourself) a week after your arrival. Travellers should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. If both tests are negative, you may leave quarantine. If you are arriving from Baghdad, Istanbul, Adana, Cairo or Addis Ababa, you must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel for the full 7 days. Diplomats and their families, official delegations and UNFIL officers are exempt from the quarantine measures, as well as those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, on the condition that they have proof of vaccination and take a PCR test on arrival as a precautionary measure. 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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: Lebanon has declared a state of emergency from 14 – 25 January 2021 due to the rise in number of COVID-19 cases. A total curfew will be in place from 5am on 14 January until 5am on 25 January. Movement is completely prohibited – you must not leave your accommodation. All hospitality businesses and public institutions will close. There are some exemptions for essential work. Food delivery services will be allowed to operate between 5am and 5pm. Beirut International airport will remain open, but land and sea borders will close, apart from for those transiting Beirut airport who hold tickets for flights on that day. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice. When travelling to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Wearing masks for all passengers is obligatory. Given the total curfew, you are advised to book taxis to and from the airport ahead of time. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone). Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

    Read more
    12.01.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: Government will impose full lockdown until 1 February (Reuters, 04.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    **All UNSMS Personnel travelling to Lebanon should hold a negative PCR test latest 96 hours validity prior to boarding. Without such test, no travel to Lebanon can take place.

    *Entry to Lebanon: Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July and there are direct and indirect commercial flights operating daily. From Monday 11 January 2021, the number of incoming passengers allowed into the airport will be reduced by 20% compared to December 2020. The average number of passengers permitted to arrive through the Masna’a land border crossing will be 150 and through the Abboudieh border crossing 100, both twice per week. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must download the Government of Lebanon application ‘MOPH Ma3an’ on their mobile phone and fill in the electronic form before departure. 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 arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.
    *Certificate requirements and measures within Lebanon: If you’re travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement. You must download the Government of Lebanon application ‘MOPH Ma3an’ on your mobile phone and fill in the electronic form before departure, which airlines will check before you are permitted to board your flight to Lebanon. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including COVID-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft. 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 in Lebanon.
    *Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for one week. You must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel until you receive the results of your airport test. Check with the Lebanese embassy in London or your airline for further details. When you receive your airport test result, if it is negative, you may move to your accommodation. You must continue to quarantine at your accommodation before taking another PCR test (that you must arrange yourself) a week after your arrival. If both tests are negative, you may leave quarantine. Diplomats and their families, official delegations and UNFIL officers are exempt from the quarantine measures, as well as those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, on the condition that they have proof of vaccination and take a PCR test on arrival as a precautionary measure. 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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: A nation-wide lockdown will come into place on Thursday 7 January 2021 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. From 7 January until 1 February, movement will be prohibited between 6pm and 5am. Hospitality businesses will be closed and public and private gatherings banned. Supermarkets and food shops will remain open during the day (5am-5pm) and pharmacies and essential health services can continue operating. Restaurants will be delivery only (5am-5pm). Public institutions and schools will also close, though there are exemptions, including for banks (who will be permitted open 20% of branches operating at 20% capacity) and some ministries and security institutions. Movement of personal vehicles on roadways will be restricted to vehicles with registrations ending in odd numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and even numbers on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. Driving on Sundays is not permitted. Taxi services will remain open within curfew hours, though it is advised to book ahead. Beirut International airport will remain open, as well as sea and land borders. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice. When traveling around Lebanon, including to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Wearing masks for all passengers is obligatory. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising). 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 measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

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    11.01.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: Government will impose full lockdown until 1 February (Reuters, 04.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Lebanon: Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July and there are direct and indirect commercial flights operating daily. From Monday 11 January 2021, the number of incoming passengers allowed into the airport will be reduced by 20% compared to December 2020. The average number of passengers permitted to arrive through the Masna’a land border crossing will be 150 and through the Abboudieh border crossing 100, both twice per week. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must download the Government of Lebanon application ‘MOPH Ma3an’ on their mobile phone and fill in the electronic form before departure. 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 arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.
    *Certificate requirements and measures within Lebanon: If you’re travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement. You must download the Government of Lebanon application ‘MOPH Ma3an’ on your mobile phone and fill in the electronic form before departure, which airlines will check before you are permitted to board your flight to Lebanon. Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including COVID-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft. 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 in Lebanon.
    *Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From Monday 11 January 2021, all travellers to Lebanon will be required to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense) and then to quarantine for one week. You must quarantine at a Government of Lebanon approved hotel until you receive the results of your airport test. Check with the Lebanese embassy in London or your airline for further details. When you receive your airport test result, if it is negative, you may move to your accommodation. You must continue to quarantine at your accommodation before taking another PCR test (that you must arrange yourself) a week after your arrival. If both tests are negative, you may leave quarantine. Diplomats and their families, official delegations and UNFIL officers are exempt from the quarantine measures, as well as those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination, on the condition that they have proof of vaccination and take a PCR test on arrival as a precautionary measure. 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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: A nation-wide lockdown will come into place on Thursday 7 January 2021 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. From 7 January until 1 February, movement will be prohibited between 6pm and 5am. Hospitality businesses will be closed and public and private gatherings banned. Supermarkets and food shops will remain open during the day (5am-5pm) and pharmacies and essential health services can continue operating. Restaurants will be delivery only (5am-5pm). Public institutions and schools will also close, though there are exemptions, including for banks (who will be permitted open 20% of branches operating at 20% capacity) and some ministries and security institutions. Movement of personal vehicles on roadways will be restricted to vehicles with registrations ending in odd numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and even numbers on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. Driving on Sundays is not permitted. Taxi services will remain open within curfew hours, though it is advised to book ahead. Beirut International airport will remain open, as well as sea and land borders. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice. When traveling around Lebanon, including to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Wearing masks for all passengers is obligatory. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising). 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 measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

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    08.01.2021
  • Lebanon Latest news: Government will gradually ease COVID-19-related restrictions from 30 November (Manila Bulletin, 30.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *International travel: Commercial flights are operating to and from Lebanon. Check with your travel company for the latest information. From 22 December, travellers from the UK to Lebanon will be subject to supplementary COVID-19 measures in addition to the ones already in place. You will be required to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense), and then self-isolate at your accommodation for 72 hours before taking another PCR test (that you must arrange yourself) and waiting in self-isolation for the results. If both tests are negative, you may leave self-isolation.
    *Entry to Lebanon: Beirut’s Rafik Hariri international airport re-opened on 1 July and there are direct and indirect commercial flights operating daily. 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 arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut.
    *Certificate requirements and measures within Lebanon: If you’re travelling to Lebanon, you are required to take a PCR test at a laboratory certified by local authorities 96 hours before you travel, and to show the result at check-in at your departure airport. If you do not have a negative PCR test result within this time frame and in an approved form (paper or email, not SMS), you will not be allowed to board your flight to Lebanon. Children under 12 are exempt from this requirement. You must also fill in an electronic form issued by the Government of Lebanon before departure.
    Any passenger who shows symptoms of illness including COVID-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft. 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 in Lebanon.
    *Self-isolation requirements and tests after arrival: From 22 December, travellers from the UK to Lebanon will be subject to supplementary COVID-19 measures in addition to the ones already in place. You will be required to take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport upon arrival (which is provided at the airline’s expense), and then self-isolate at your accommodation for 72 hours before taking another PCR test (that you must arrange yourself) and waiting in self-isolation for the results. If both tests are negative, you may leave self-isolation. The same measures apply to Lebanese and resident foreign nationals arriving from Iraq. All other arrivals 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 you travel. On arrival, you must quarantine in one of these hotels for 72 hours during which time a PCR test will be conducted. You will not be allowed to leave the hotel until you receive the second test result. If you have travelled from 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.
    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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: On 21 December the Lebanese government amended the curfew hours that had previously been in place. Movement is now prohibited between 3am and 5am though this may become more restrictive from 2 January. Restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs will operate at 50% capacity. Bars, pubs and nightclubs can remain open under certain conditions, such as if they serve food. Public and private gatherings, including social and cultural events, are permitted at 50% capacity. You must abide by social distancing, keeping two metres between individuals, and avoid crowds. Beirut International airport will remain open, as well as sea and land borders. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice.
    When traveling around Lebanon, including to and from the airport, private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Wearing masks for all passengers is obligatory. Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone, or exercising). 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 measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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.

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    22.12.2020
  • Lebanon Latest news: Government will gradually ease COVID-19-related restrictions from 30 November (Manila Bulletin, 30.11.2020).

    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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: A nationwide lockdown will come into effect in Lebanon from 5am on Saturday 14 November 2020, until 5am on 30 November to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Movement is prohibited between 5pm and 5am. Hospitality businesses will be closed and public and private gatherings banned. Supermarkets and food shops will remain open during the day and pharmacies and essential health services can continue their usual opening hours. Public institutions and schools will also close, though there are exemptions, including for banks and some ministries and security institutions. Movement of personal vehicles on roadways will be restricted to vehicles with registrations ending in odd numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and even numbers on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. Driving on Sundays is not permitted. Taxi services will remain open though you are advised to book ahead.
    Beirut International airport will remain open, as well as sea and land borders. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice.
    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.
    Public and private gatherings such as weddings and funerals have been banned throughout the country until further notice – you should check with organisers before attending any function.
    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 measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice.

    *Accommodation: 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 spaces and services: On 8 September, the Lebanese Government announced a continuation of lockdown measures. Essential businesses (e.g. grocery stores, pharmacies) are permitted to operate.
    *UN Agencies: As per the government decision a total lock down with some vital exceptions will be in place as of Saturday 14 November 2020 till the end of the month. Fortunately all UN agencies will be operational with necessary capacity to avoid unessecary gathering. Specially UN entities working closing with food related and health industries.

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    30.11.2020
  • Lebanon Latest news: Government will impose full lockdown from 14-30 November because of COVID-19; airport, sea port, land borders will remain open (The Daily Star, 10.11.2020).

    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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: A nationwide lockdown will come into effect in Lebanon from 5am on Saturday 14 November 2020, until 5am on 30 November to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Movement is prohibited between 5pm and 5am. Hospitality businesses will be closed and public and private gatherings banned. Supermarkets and food shops will remain open during the day and pharmacies and essential health services can continue their usual opening hours. Public institutions and schools will also close, though there are exemptions, including for banks and some ministries and security institutions. Movement of personal vehicles on roadways will be restricted to vehicles with registrations ending in odd numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and even numbers on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. Driving on Sundays is not permitted. Taxi services will remain open though you are advised to book ahead.
    Beirut International airport will remain open, as well as sea and land borders. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice.
    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.
    Public and private gatherings such as weddings and funerals have been banned throughout the country until further notice – you should check with organisers before attending any function.
    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 measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice.

    *Accommodation: 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 spaces and services: On 8 September, the Lebanese Government announced a continuation of lockdown measures. Essential businesses (e.g. grocery stores, pharmacies) are permitted to operate.

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    13.11.2020
  • 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:
    *Travel in Lebanon: 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 2 November the Lebanese government amended the curfew hours that had previously been in place. Movement is now prohibited between 9pm and 5am. Public and private gatherings such as weddings and funerals have been banned throughout the country until further notice – you should check with organisers before attending any function. The airport is operational and all passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact the United Nations for advice. 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 roadblocks, 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. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
    *Accommodation: 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 spaces and services: On 8 September, the Lebanese Government announced a continuation of lockdown measures. Essential businesses (e.g. grocery stores, pharmacies) are permitted to operate.

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    02.11.2020
  • 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.
    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
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Ministry of Public Health/
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