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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (March 12, 2020)
March 12, 2020

Location: Lebanon

Event: On March 11, 2020, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health reported that there are 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon.

The government of Lebanon announced on March 11, 2020 the temporary suspension of flights departing to Italy, Iran, China and South Korea.  Additionally, on March 12, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation requested airlines that serve Beirut to immediately stop all flights to and from those countries, and not to transport passengers from or transiting France, Egypt, Germany, Iraq, Syria, Spain, and the United Kingdom, with exemptions for Lebanese and foreign residents of Lebanon through March 16. Measures are being taken to restrict gatherings in places such as dining and entertainment venues, and that a limit be placed on the number of public sector employees reporting to their workplaces.  For more information, visit the website of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health.

The measures announced by the government are in addition to those described in our Health Alert of March 10, 2020.

On March 12, the Lebanese government made the decision to close indefinitely all land border crossings into Syria.

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For further detailed information regarding travel and security in Lebanon: