Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Lebanon on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Commercial flights are operating to and from Lebanon. Check with your travel company for the latest information.

Beirut International airport remains operational. All passengers are required to have their tickets with them when transferring to and from the airport. Some exemptions to COVID-19 restrictions are applied to aid workers. For further clarification, aid workers should contact their employer for advice.

See Entry requirements for more information on COVID-19 measures before departure and on arrival into Lebanon.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Lebanon.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

You are responsible for organising any required COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is responsible for COVID-19 testing at the airport and will inform you by text if you tested positive on arrival. If you test positive you will be expected to self-isolate in your accommodation. The MOPH or hospital where you got tested will pass on your details to the local authorities, and you may get contacted by the local municipality and offered support, but this is not guaranteed. We would not expect unaccompanied minors to be treated any differently from others.

Measures within Lebanon

COVID-19 measures can change at short notice. Contact the Lebanese embassy for more information if you are not sure about COVID-19 measures in Lebanon.

Anyone who has not had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or who does not have proof of a negative PCR test performed in the preceding 48 hours will be subject to a curfew between 7pm and 6am. Some exemptions apply, including to some government workers and the diplomatic corps.

Entry to touristic institutions, restaurants and hotels is limited to individuals who have had at least one COVID-19 vaccination or who have evidence of a negative PCR result from within the previous 48 hours. Capacity at all establishments is limited to 50%. Masks should be worn at all times inside venues, except when sat down to consume food and drink.

Taxis and private cars should have no more than four people in them (including the driver). Buses are allowed to operate with a maximum capacity of 50%.

Fabric masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn when outside the home and in vehicles (unless travelling alone).

Lebanese authorities may issue fines, impose road blocks, or imprison those violating these measures for up to three years. You should comply with all measures introduced by the Lebanese authorities and obey the instructions of the security forces. These measures may be changed at short notice.

Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.

Accommodation

Hotels and private rentals are available. You should check that accommodation is open and receiving guests before booking, and request information on the measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and on their fuel situation. Many businesses have closed due to the economic crisis.

Healthcare in Lebanon

For contact details of English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should self-isolate. You should call the Lebanese Ministry of Health Coronavirus Hotline on 1787 (from a local number) if you require further advice. The 24 hour number for those with COVID-19 who require hospitalisation is +961 (0) 1832 700. British nationals in Lebanon should comply with local restrictions and monitor local media for updates.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Lebanon. See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Lebanon

We will update this page when the Government of Lebanon announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Lebanese national vaccination programme started in February 2021 and is using the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines. The Government of Lebanon has stated that British nationals resident in Lebanon are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. The Lebanese authorities have issued a pre-registration form to register to receive the vaccine in Lebanon (you will need some assistance completing the form if you are a non-Arabic speaker). Booster vaccinations are now being rolled out. Private programmes run by employers may use other vaccines such as Sputnik V and Sinopharm in addition to Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Lebanon, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

The Lebanese authorities have put in place a number of measures to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The detailed measures are changing on a regular basis.