*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
The Government of Lebanon has confirmed over 545,000 cases of COVID-19 in the country as of July 2021. There is presently a curfew in place from 9:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. every day. Customers must obtain permission from the Government of Lebanon’s IMPACT platform to enter supermarkets, places of worship, and other crowded places. Restaurants with outdoor spaces may operate until 12:30am. Bars, nightclubs, cinemas, theaters, and amusement centers are closed. Religious ceremonies may take place with limits on attendance. Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport will remain open; those who have departing flights may need to show proof of their travel. All air travelers over age 12 arriving in Beirut are required to undergo PCR testing upon arrival unless they have documented proof of testing positive for COVID-19 more than 15 days prior to arrival, an IgG positive test showing sufficient antibodies, or proof of full vaccination more than 15 days prior to arrival.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Lebanon? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- COVID-19 tests may be obtained at any hospital or medical laboratory in Lebanon. At present, a PCR test costs 100,000 Lebanese lire; the cost is the responsibility of the individual being tested but some insurance policies cover testing. Test results are usually returned by text message but can be provided by e-mail or paper copy upon request.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email BeirutACS@state.gov.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Lebanon approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are vaccines available in Lebanon for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Which vaccines are available in Lebanon?
- Pfizer and AstraZeneca are available through the Ministry of Public Health and Sputnik is available through the private sector.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
- Travelers who have been outside Lebanon for more than one week (or who are arriving for the first time) must show a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel to be allowed to enter the country.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- All travelers are required to present upon arrival a negative PCR test from within 96 hours of arrival, submit to an additional PCR test at the airport and a 72 hour quarantine, and download the covidlebtrack app, unless excepted. Exceptions include travelers under the age of 12, and travelers arriving from either Brazil or the United Kingdom who have documented proof of testing positive for COVID-19 more than 15 days prior to arrival, an IgG positive test showing sufficient antibodies, or proof of full vaccination more than 15 days prior to arrival.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- COVID tests will be given to all arriving travelers at a cost of USD 50 per test, to be paid by the traveler and collected by the airline unless the traveler qualifies for an exception listed above.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes, as noted above.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes. · The Government of Lebanon’s IMPACT platform remains required to request permission to visit certain commercial establishments, including supermarkets, banks, malls, and large stores. The Lebanese Government has set out limited operating hours for each of these sectors.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- Unless travelers possess proof of testing positive for COVID-19 more than 15 days prior to arrival, an IgG positive test showing sufficient antibodies, or proof full vaccination more than 15 days prior to arrival, all travelers are required to quarantine for 72 hours and download in the covidlebtracker app.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Rafic Hariri International Airport is operating at 20 percent capacity.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Public transportation is operating at limited capacity. Masks are required at all times outdoors and in public spaces.
Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)
- On January 7, 2021, Lebanese authorities announced that violators of lockdown restrictions face penalties of up to 3 months in prison and/or a fine from 100,000 to 600,000 lire.
- The Consular Section is working diligently to address a backlog in cases while prioritizing the health and safety of its staff and customers. Presently, the Consular Section is offering appointments for American citizens by appointment only and limited appointments for petition-based and student visas as well as all immigrant visa categories. Please visit ustraveldocs.com/lb for more information on visa services.
- The Government continues to implement enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please also see the latest daily Lebanese government publication which consolidates each ministry’s decisions, actions, and responses to address the crisis.