The Lebanese government has announced increased restrictions on movement and public services to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Lebanon. A 24-hour curfew will be enforced from 5:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14 until 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 25. Most public institutions and facilities, and private businesses and enterprises will remain closed, with exceptions for entities that provide for security, public safety, and health. Pharmacies will observe reduced hours and grocery stores will be open for delivery only. 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. Additional COVID mitigation measures will apply to passengers arriving from Baghdad, Istanbul, Adana, Cairo and Addis Ababa. Details of the lockdown, including the limited exceptions for travel during the lockdown, may 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.
Routine visa services remain suspended. More information on visa services is available at www.ustraveldocs.com.
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 Advisory, Country-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.