COVID-19 Information

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Government of Lebanon confirmed 237,132 cases of COVID-19 and 1,781 related deaths in the country as of January 14, 2021.  On January 12, the Lebanese government announced increased restrictions on movement and public services to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Lebanon.  A 24-hour curfew will be enforced from 5:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14 until 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 25.  Most public institutions and facilities, and private businesses and enterprises will remain closed, with exceptions for entities that provide for security, public safety, and health.  Pharmacies will observe reduced hours and grocery stores will be open for delivery only. Rafic Hariri International Airport will remain open, operating at a reduced capacity; all air travelers arriving in Beirut will be required to undergo PCR testing.  Additional Covid mitigation measures will apply to passengers arriving from Baghdad, Istanbul, Adana, Cairo and Addis Ababa. Details of the lockdown, including the limited exceptions for travel during the lockdown, may be found here.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • All travelers to Lebanon 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
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes, from 5 a.m. January 14 until 5 a.m. January 25.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, no movement will be permitted on Lebanese roads as noted above.During the period of 24-hour curfew, individuals may use a Lebanese Government application to request limited authorization for movement.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All travelers arriving in Lebanon must first undergo a PCR test in their home country and show a negative result upon check-in for their trip with the results no more than 96 hours old at the time of arrival in Lebanon.  Upon arrival, all air travelers must take another PCR test at the airport.  Starting January 11, all travelers will also be required to quarantine at a designated hotel for which they have made a pre-paid booking, for up to 72 hours until receiving a negative result on the airport PCR test.  After leaving hotel quarantine, travelers are required to self-isolate until a week has elapsed from arrival, and then undergo a new PCR test.  If a traveler tests positive, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health will provide guidance.  For travelers arriving from Baghdad, Istanbul, Adana, Cairo and Addis Ababa, who conducted their PCR test in those places, the required hotel stay will be for one week, with the second PCR test on the sixth day after their arrival. Travelers only transiting through the listed cities, who conducted PCR tests elsewhere, are subject to the shorter 72-hour hotel quarantine. All travelers to Lebanon must complete a medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding their flight; this form can be found at  https://arcg.is/0GaDnG.  Children under the age of 12 are exempt from all PCR test requirements.  More information can be found here.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • 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.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes, at 20% of normal capacity.
  • Is public transportation operating? During the lockdown, only taxis carrying passengers to and from the airport are allowed.
    • 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:

  • During the lockdown period, the U.S. Embassy will suspend routine consular operations but remain open for emergency services.  Appointments for routine services for American citizens are being postponed and will be rescheduled when the lockdown has ended.   U.S. citizens with emergency situations may contact BeirutACS@state.gov to request an appointment.  The U.S. Embassy will send an updated message when routine consular operations resume and post this information on the Embassy website.
  • To best protect our staff and customers from COVID-19, visa appointments have been suspended until further notice. Persons whose appointments have been cancelled may reschedule at a later date. Please visit ustraveldocs.com/lb regularly for more information on the availability of visa services in Lebanon

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