On July 1, 2020 Beirut’s Rafic Hariri international airport re-opened and Lebanon once again started accepting foreign travelers.
Throughout the summer, flights coming into BEY airport were very restricted, only allowing around 10% of normal traffic flow, or just over 2000 passengers per day.
Countries allowed to travel to Lebanon
All nations under normal visa regulations.
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/reliable, the ‘second category’ includes travelers coming from countries where PCR testing is not yet available/deemed unreliable.
- 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 10 days at an approved hotel, where they will be checked on
- 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
Countries considered ‘second category'
Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Are there quarantines upon arriving in Lebanon?
Maybe. The rules are very confusing and seem to change. Please see the Ministry of Public Health's site with details on entry into Lebanon.
Currently it seems that arrivals will have to take a 2nd PCR test within 72 hours of arriving in order to be released from a 10-day quarantine.
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
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.
Originally published July 21, 2020 with updates