Lebanon bars entry to foreigners traveling from China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea from Feb. 28. Further travel restrictions likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 28 Feb 2020 16:39 GMT and is scheduled to expire 06 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Feb. 28
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; health screenings; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
The Lebanese Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced Feb. 28 that foreigners traveling from countries with coronavirus outbreaks, including China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea, will be barred from entering Lebanon until further notice. Lebanese citizens and residents who are returning from these countries are excluded from the ban. The restrictions come a day after authorities confirmed Lebanon's third case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities had previously halted all flights for religious pilgrims.

The purpose of the travel restrictions is to prevent the spread COVID-19. The World Health Organization has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel to Lebanon. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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