Lebanon suspends all travel to and from China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea from March 11 and bars arrivals from seven other countries.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 11 Mar 2020 17:41 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 11
  • Impact: Entry restrictions, health screenings; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced March 11 that all flights and other travel to and from Italy, South Korea, China, and Iran are suspended immediately until further notice.

Lebanon will also bar the entry of all arrivals from France, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Spain, the UK, and Germany; Lebanese citizens and diplomats from these countries will have four days from March 11 to return to Lebanon before the implementation of further flight restrictions. The government will also take steps to close venues such as shops and restaurants and to prevent public gatherings. The government has already closed educational institutions, sports clubs, cinemas, and other venues.

The purpose of the travel restrictions is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (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. As of March 11, Lebanese authorities have confirmed at least 68 cases of the disease.

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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