Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, May 26, 2020

Location:  Lebanon

Event:   The Government of Lebanon confirmed 1119 cases of COVID-19 and 26 related deaths in the country as of May 25, 2020.

The Government has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Please also see the latest daily Lebanese government publication which consolidates every ministry’s decisions, actions and responses to address the crisis.

The additional measures  which took effect on May 13 expired on the morning of May 18.  A curfew remains in place daily from 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., to include private vehicular travel.  The Lebanese government has extended the general mobilization until June 7.

Rafic Hariri International airport has been closed to regularly-scheduled commercial flights since March 19.  It is tentatively scheduled to reopen no earlier than June 8.

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, or contact BeirutACS@state.gov.

 The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice and a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Europe advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Europe.

On March 18, the Department of State authorized the U.S. Embassy in Beirut to go on “ordered departure” status, which reduced Embassy staffing to emergency levels.

Actions to Take

·       —  Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

·       –For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the  CDC’s latest recommendations.

         –Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.

        —Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans       and/or restrictions.

·        — Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19.

·        –Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States 

         –Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible

         –Review the complete Travel Advisory for Lebanon

         –Read what the U.S. Government Can & Can’t Do in a Crisis

 

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Awkar – Facing the Municipality, Main Street

Beirut, Lebanon
+961-4-542600 or +961-4-543600
BeirutACS@state.gov
https://lb.usembassy.gov/

 U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444

 

For further detailed information regarding travel and security in Lebanon:

 ·         Visit the State Department’s travel website Travel.State.Gov to review the Lebanon Travel AdvisoryCountry-Specific Information for Lebanon, and the Worldwide Caution.

·         Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest security updates and make it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.

·         Follow the U.S. Embassy in Beirut on Twitter and Facebook