COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  11/08/2021

***Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States

Country-Specific Information 

  • Lebanon has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  At present, businesses and public institutions in Lebanon are operating under regular business hours and no restrictions on capacity.   There are no limits on attendance for religious services.  There is no current government mandate for mask wearing but individual private and commercial establishments may have their own requirements.  Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport remains open.  All air travelers over age 12 arriving in Beirut are required to undergo PCR testing upon arrival.

COVID-19 Testing 

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Lebanon? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? YesPCR tests are available in all hospitals, labs and medical institutions. Cost of testing is paid by the U.S. citizen. Results can be obtained by email, text message and physical copy

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 ?  All the vaccines approved by CDC are available in Lebanon

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 arrival to be allowed to enter the country.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
    • All travelers to Lebanon are required to present upon check-in for their flight as well as on arrival a negative PCR test from within 96 hours of arrival that includes a QR code. Exceptions include travelers under the age of 12, those who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (or one dose of a single dose vaccine) more than 14 days prior to arrival, and travelers who have documented proof of testing positive for COVID-19 and fully recovered within 90 days before their departure to Lebanon.  NOTE:  PCR test results issued in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, or in the European Union will be accepted without a QR code.
  • 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 collected by the airline upon ticketing or paid by the traveler if not included in the ticket, unless the traveler qualifies for an exception listed above.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Rafic Hariri International Airport is operating at 70 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.

Consular Operations 

  • What ACS services are being offered? All routine services
  • What visa services are being offered? All routine services

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