Lebanon has announced that it has relaxed travel restrictions on passengers coming from several countries including India.
Starting today, passengers arriving from India, United Kingdom, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia, Liberia, Kenya, Gambia and Sierra Leone can enter Lebanon. They are required to follow strict guidelines, including presenting a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 96 hours.
Upon arrival at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BRHIA), all passengers will have to take another RT-PCR test. The airlines need to collect US$ 50 from passengers travelling to Lebanon – this is the cost for the PCR test and other medical diagnostic measures that travellers may have to undergo upon arrival. Airlines will pay the collected amounts to the designated agents at BRHIA on a bi-monthly basis.
Additionally, travellers from the aforementioned countries need to pre-book their accommodation at their own expense, at hotels listed by the Lebanese government. The hotels, listed by the government where passengers must have a booking for three nights/four days, are:
- Lancaster Tamar Hotel – Beirut
- The Mayflower Hotel
- Royal Tulip Achrafieh
- Alife Apart Hotel – Sodeco
- Gefinor Rotana
- Raouché Arjaan by Rotana
- Riviera Hotel
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Buses from the above-mentioned hotels will transfer travellers from the airport to the hotel where they shall quarantine for three nights/four days.
Those travellers who have received both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine or a complete dose (which is formed of one dose only), minimum of two weeks before their departure or passengers who were infected and cured of COVID within 90 days before their departure date, are exempted from RT-PCR test at the country of departure and shall undergo a RT-PCR test upon arrival.
Those who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine two weeks before their departure; arriving minors (under 18) whether unaccompanied or with their parents or national and foreign diplomats with their families are exempted from hotel quarantine.
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