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    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Lebanon
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Lebanon
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for Baalbek-Hermel governorate; areas within five miles (8km) of the Syrian, Israeli borders


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- Flights from India are suspended. Travellers should stay in a third country for 14 days before travelling to Lebanon.
- Land and maritime border crossings are closed to travellers, except those carrying a valid transit visa.
- Land borders with Syria are open to Lebanese identity card holders and refugees holding Lebanese travel documents, as well as children and spouses of Lebanese nationals. They are allowed to leave Syria and return to Lebanon every Monday and Friday, provided that a PCR test is conducted at the Lebanese border. Those who obtain prior approval from the Lebanese General Security can enter Lebanon.
- The number of travellers permitted to cross through the Masnaa and Aboudieh land border crossings has been reduced to 100 for each, at a rate of twice a week.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- Passengers must present a negative PCR test result taken at a certified laboratory by local authorities. There must be fewer than 96 hours between the test result and the time of arrival in Lebanon. The test result certificate must be in Arabic, English or French.
- Passengers must undergo a PCR test at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY) and self-isolate in their accommodation for 72 hours. The accommodation site should be communicated to authorities. The cost of the PCR test is US$50.

• Exemptions
- Travellers who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine do not need a negative PCR test result to enter Lebanon via air, land and sea borders. However, travellers must present an official certificate proving that they have been vaccinated and that they have received their second dose at least 15 days prior to their arrival in Lebanon. You will still be required to take a PCR test on arrival. This applies to passengers who received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Lebanon or in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan (China), Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor‑Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, UK, US, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Vietnam or Yemen.
- Travellers who have received only one dose are still required to present a negative PCR test result.
- According to ICAO: passengers arriving from Brazil or the UK with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 90 days before departure.
- Children under 12 are not required to undergo PCR testing prior to their departure or upon their arrival in Lebanon.
- UNIFIL and members of diplomatic delegations acting in Lebanon are not required to take a PCR test upon their arrival.
- Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and members of the UNIFIL are exempted from hotel quarantine.
- Passengers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and have a medical report verifying their vaccination status are exempted from hotel quarantine.
- Passengers who have left and returned to Lebanon within one week (who travelled during one day of the week and returned on same day during the following week) are not required to undergo a PCR test at their point of departure but must perform a PCR test at the airport upon their arrival to Lebanon and must self-isolate at home for one week from their date of arrival.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements
- All incoming passengers should self-isolate for three days upon arrival. Compliance will be checked by the “Covid Leb Track” mobile application, which is mandatory for all travellers to download and activate once they have landed in Lebanon.

• Exemptions
According to the national carrier Middle East Airlines, the following categories are exempt from home quarantine:
- Diplomats and their families, officials, official delegations, officers and UNIFIL personnel.
- Passengers who can show documents that they have tested negative for COVID-19 for more than 15 days and take a new PCR test with a negative result.
- Passengers with an IgG positive test showing the percentage of those antibodies in the blood above the required rate according to each approved measurement technique.
- Passengers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and have a medical report certifying this (they must undergo a PCR test upon arrival at Beirut Rafic International Airport (BEY)).

• Effective 1 June
All inbound passengers from Brazil and the UK will need to present a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours before their flight to Lebanon. The rule also applies to those who have been vaccinated. Passengers without a negative PCR test certificate will not be permitted to board the plane departing to Lebanon.
Passengers will be required to book a hotel at their own expense for five days/four nights in one of the following hotels:
- May Flower Beirut – Hamra
- Royal Tulip Hotel –Achrafieh
- Alife Apart Hotel – Sodeo
Passengers without a hotel booking in one of the aforementioned hotels will not be allowed to board the plane departing to Lebanon.
Upon arrival in Lebanon, all passengers will be required to take an additional COVID-19 PCR test at Beirut airport. Buses from the airport will transport arriving passengers from the airport to their designated hotels, where they shall remain in quarantine for a period of five days/four nights, during which they will take another PCR test in one of the authorised testing laboratories at their own expense.
According to ICAO, travellers from Brazil and the UK are exempt from quarantine requirements if:
- The individual has a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating confirming completion of the second vaccine dose at least two weeks before departure.
- The individual has a certificate confirming COVID-19 recovery at least 90 days before departure.
Exemptions:
1. Diplomats (foreign and local nationals) with their families are exempt from hotel quarantine. Instead, they must quarantine at their place of residence for a period of five days/four nights.
2. Vaccinated passengers who have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine minimum of two weeks before their departure date and passengers who were previously infected with COVID-19 and cured from COVID-19 no more than 90 days prior to their departure date provided they present an official document confirming that they are exempt from performing a PCR test in the UK and from hotel quarantine and shall only perform a PCR test upon arrival to Beirut airport.
3. A recent negative test with a positive test lasting more than 15 days or positive antibody (IgG) test showing the percentage of these antibodies in the blood above the required rate according to each measurement technique, provided that the MOPH representatives at the airport review the medical case and approves it.
(until further notice)
Documentation required

Passengers must complete a tracking form issued by the Ministry of Public Health of Lebanon, available through this link (the approval received after submission from the form should also be presented at check-in): https://covid.pcm.gov.lb/impactmobile/tracking-registration.
(until further notice)
Other
- Upon arrival in Beirut, passengers must download and activate the CovidLebTrack app, set their quarantine location and present it to the Ministry of Health representatives at the airport.
- It is recommended that travellers get international insurance to cover the costs of COVID-19 treatment for the duration of their stay in Lebanon.
(until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- Land and maritime border crossings are closed to travellers except for those carrying a valid transit visa.
- The number of travellers permitted to cross through the Masnaa and Aboudieh land border crossings is 100, at a rate of twice a week.
(Until further notice)
Exit rules
Travellers may need to show proof of travel when travelling to the airport for a departure flight.



(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? Yes
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(until further notice)
State of emergency
The medical state of emergency (or general mobilisation order) has been extended until the end of September 2021.
(Ends 30 September 2021)
Curfews and lockdowns
- A nightly curfew is currently in place from 21.30 to 05.00.
- You must apply online via https://covid.pcm.gov.lb/impactmobile/curfew to undertake certain activities such as going to the bank and the supermarket.
- Byblos district: a curfew on movement for foreign nationals from 21.00 to 06.00 is in place.
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
Restaurants with outdoor spaces can operate until 00.30. Indoor restaurants, cafes and gyms are open from 6.00 to 21.00.
(until further notice)
Other social distancing measures

Face masks must be worn outside and in vehicles (except when travelling alone).
(until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Lebanon

COVID-19 information for Lebanon

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Lebanon presents a diverse security environment with various security issues; the overall travel risks for the country continue to be rated as MEDIUM. Terrorism currently poses more of an incidental than a direct risk to foreigners, with most attacks targeting personnel and facilities associated with the Shia Muslim movement Hizbullah, Shia civilian areas and occasionally politicians. Attacks have occurred throughout the country, but central areas of the capital Beirut are rarely the focus of militant activity. Nevertheless, there is a low, but credible risk of attacks targeting Westerners.

Anti-government sentiment, driven by socio-economic grievances, was amplified following Beirut port explosion in early August 2020. Since October 2019 and after a brief decline due to the COVID-19 related lockdown, protests occur very frequently in major urban centers leading to localised disruption and occasional clashes with security forces.

The rate of petty and opportunistic crime has increased recently due to the economic hardships exacerbated by the impacts of the COVID-19 restrictions. However, violent crime is relatively low, despite the prevalence of firearms. Some areas of the country, namely the Bekaa Valley, have a reputation for kidnapping, which is largely connected to disputes between local families and, in recent years, with the domestic consequences of the conflict in neighbouring Syria. Lebanese and Syrian nationals remain the most likely targets for kidnapping.

Travel to the northern city of Tripoli (North governorate) poses an elevated risk due to the occasional prevalence of violence linked to the Syrian conflict. Clashes between rival districts can rapidly escalate, leading to a deterioration of the security environment. In addition, crime rates are high compared to the rest of the country. Demonstrations in Tripoli are more likely to lead to violence; protests in Beirut tend to be tightly controlled by the security forces.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Lebanon
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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PolioProof of polio vaccination is required from
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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