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Message for U.S. Citizens: Countrywide Lockdown, Curfew and U.S. Embassy Suspension
of Routine Consular Services (January 14 – 25, 2021)
January 13, 2021

Location: Lebanon

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. 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: