On July 1, 2020 Beirut’s Rafic Hariri international airport re-opened and Lebanon once again started accepting foreign travelers.
Flights coming into BEY airport are very restricted at this time, only allowing around 10% of normal traffic flow, or just over 2000 passengers per day.
Countries allowed to travel to Lebanon
Lebanon, unlike many other countries, has not put forward a formal press release stating if they are barring any nations entry due to covid restrictions. We have reached out for comment to see if any nation is indeed banned due to high case numbers and will update when we get a response.
Due to the verbiage in their entry requirements, it seems as if they are accepting all nations under their normal entry/immigration processes. In a pre-covid world, travelers from Israel, or even travelers with a stamp from Israel may be refused entry into Lebanon.
Most nations, including the USA, Canada and the UK, normally require a Visa to travel to Lebanon. They will still require a valid visa to enter.
The Visa Application Centre in Beirut reopened on June 29.
Entry Requirements into Lebanon
Other than the normal pre-covid entry requirements such as a valid visa, here are the other entry requirements you need to know about.
Travelers are divided into 2 categories. The ‘first category’ includes travelers coming from countries where PCR testing is available, the ‘second category’ includes travelers coming from countries where PCR testing is not yet available.
- All ‘first category’ passengers require a negative PCR test within 96 hours of departure (children under 12 are exempt)
- All ‘second category’ passengers must conduct a PCR at the airport, self-isolate for 24-72 hours, and conduct a second PCR test after 72 hours. If they fail to show up for their second PCR test, they could be prosecuted, even if the first test was negative.
- All passengers travelling to Lebanon must fill this health declaration form online before departure, as required by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health.
- Arrivals agree to undergo a temperature check and health assessment upon arrival (which may lead to further testing)
- All passengers arriving into Lebanon MUST have a health insurance policy that covers covid
Are there quarantines upon arriving in Lebanon?
No. Passengers who have no symptoms and who abide by the above rules will not have to quarantine for 14-days.
Have flights resumed to Lebanon?
Yes. Rafic Hariri (BEY) airport in Lebanon is located in Beruit. It has been open for commercial flights as of July 1, 2020, but with reduced traffic.
Many European cities fly into Lebanon directly, primarily on airlines like Wings of Lebanon and MEA
What’s Open in Lebanon
- Restaurants are now open for dine in at 50% capacity
- Hotels have reopened
- Malls and shopping centers
- Most other businesses, although with reduced hours or restricted capacities
Since the reopening of BEY airport on July 1st, Lebanon has seen a surge of cases from nationals returning home and incoming tourists. It is unknown at this time in Lebanon will face another lockdown or not.
Disclaimer: Lebanon’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.