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Message for U.S. Citizens: Countrywide Lockdown and U.S. Embassy Suspension of Routine Consular Services
(NOVEMBER 12, 2020)
November 12, 2020

Location: Lebanon

The Lebanese government has announced that it will impose a countrywide lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus in Lebanon beginning at 05:00 Saturday, November 14, 2020, and at present is projected to end at 05:00 Monday, November 30.  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.  Movement of personal and public vehicles on roadways will be restricted.  Rafic Hariri International Airport will remain open.  More details about the lockdown can be found here.

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: