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Message for U.S. Citizens: Countrywide Lockdown and U.S. Embassy Suspension of Routine Consular Services
(January 6, 2021)
January 6, 2021

Location: Lebanon

The Lebanese government has announced that it will impose a countrywide lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus in Lebanon beginning Thursday, January 7, 2021 through Monday, February 1. The lockdown will require the closures of most public institutions and facilities, and many private businesses and enterprises. The lockdown allows certain exceptions to the closures, including entities that provide for security, public safety and health, and for businesses involved in food production and sale. There will be a daily curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. Movement of personal and public vehicles on roadways will be restricted. 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. Full details of the lockdown are pending; please consult the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 information page for the latest news.

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.

The Consular Section is also suspending routine visa appointments. More information on visa services is available at www.ustraveldocs.com.


U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Awkar – Facing the Municipality, Main Street

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

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