COVID-19 Information

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Government of Lebanon confirmed 64,336 cases of COVID-19 and 531 related deaths in the country as of October 20, 2020.  On September 8, the Lebanese government announced that most businesses, including restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, theaters, cinemas and social event halls, are permitted to operate again.  Public parks are also open.  Weddings will be allowed at a capacity of 50% of any given venue while observing social distancing and health and safety precautions.  A curfew will be in place from 0100-0600 daily.  The general mobilization has been extended until December 31, 2020.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Effective July 31, 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
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes. From October 19 through October 26, the Ministry of Interior has restricted movement and activities in several villages in Lebanon.  For complete information, please see the MOI website at: http://www.interior.gov.lb/AdsDetails.aspx?ida=1381

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Per the latest instructions issued by the Lebanese Directorate of Civil Aviation effective September 23, travelers arriving in Lebanon from all countries except Iraq, Syria, Turkey or any African country 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 upon arrival in Lebanon, and upon arrival either take another PCR test no more than 72 hours after arriving or stay in home or hotel quarantine for ten days.  Travelers coming from Syria, Turkey and all African countries must undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Beirut and then home quarantine for 48 hours until they receive the results of that test.  Travelers arriving from Iraq must undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Beirut and then must quarantine for 72 hours in a hotel designated by the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism for which they have a prepaid booking, and afterwards take another PCR test at the end of this period.  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.

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
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required at all times outdoors and in public spaces.

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

  • On May 26, Lebanon introduced a fine of 50,000 LBP ($33 at the official exchange rate) for those caught without masks in public places.

Consular Operations:

  • Routine consular services at U.S. Embassy Beirut remain suspended until further notice.  The Embassy continues to provide emergency services for U.S. citizens.  Please visit our website for additional information on American Citizen Services issues or contact BeirutACS@state.gov.
  • To best protect our staff and customers from COVID-19, the Embassy is currently limiting visa interviews to the following categories only:
  1. Spouses and children of U.S. Citizens with valid immigrant visa petitions
  2. Medical professionals assisting with the COVID-19 response in the U.S.

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