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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon
(March 10, 2020)
March 10, 2020

Location: Lebanon

On March 9, 2020, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health reported that there are 41 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon.  

The government of Lebanon has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Anyone arriving in Lebanon displaying symptoms of COVID-19 may be transferred to Rafik Hariri University Hospital for testing and possible quarantine. Visit the website of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health for additional information on these new measures.  As a precautionary measure, schools in Lebanon will be closed until March 15, and the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism has asked bars and entertainment venues to temporarily close on a voluntary basis.

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 information from the State Department.
• Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions, and see the Department of State’s guidance specifically for cruise ship passengers.
• Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Lebanon.
• Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S. 
• Seek medical care right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks.



U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon
+961-4-542600 or +961-4-543600

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