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​​Ministry amends new measures for passengers arriving at Beirut airport

​​Ministry amends new measures for passengers arriving at Beirut airport

Passengers wait at the Beirut international airport. (Credit: AFP)

BEIRUT — The Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced Monday an amended version of a set of new measures that were first presented last week for passengers arriving at Beirut international airport. The measures come amid growing concerns over rising COVID-19 infection rates in the country and the appearance of the coronavirus’ Omicron variant in the world.

Here’s what we know:

    • In a circular addressed to airlines, the ministry said that from Dec. 15 — rather than Jan. 1 as announced last week — all passengers arriving in Beirut must register on an electronic platform designed by the Health Ministry in order to obtain a health pass, which will be required to board any plane flying to Lebanon.

    • Travelers over the age of 12 are asked to record on the platform the negative result of a PCR test carried out no more than 48 hours — rather than the 96 hours previously stipulated — before their arrival in Lebanon, in order to receive a QR code, which will be scanned upon arrival at the Beirut airport.

    • Passengers who have been fully vaccinated for more than two weeks or who have contracted COVID-19 in the three months preceding their trip are however exempted from presenting a PCR test before their departure, but they must upload on the platform all the documentation evidencing vaccination or infection.

    • All persons arriving in Lebanon, except children under 12 and members of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, must perform a PCR test on their arrival at the Beirut airport.

    • Those passengers returning to Lebanon following a trip of less than one week’s duration will only be obliged to undergo a PCR test on arrival, but must provide evidence on the ministry’s platform of the duration of their trip.

    • From Jan. 10, PRC tests on arrival at Beirut airport will no longer be offered free of charge. Passengers will be required to pay at $30 per test.

    • From mid-December, passengers arriving in Beirut will also have to self-isolate for 24 hours, until they receive the negative result of their on-arrival PCR test. If the test result is positive, passengers should notify the Ministry of Health by calling 1787, if the ministry team does not first contact them directly.

    • Flight attendants and pilots who arrive in Lebanon for a period not exceeding 48 hours do not have to undergo a PCR test on arrival, provided they present the necessary documents on the ministry’s platform and self-isolate throughout their stay. 


BEIRUT — The Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced Monday an amended version of a set of new measures that were first presented last week for passengers arriving at Beirut international airport. The measures come amid growing concerns over rising COVID-19 infection rates in the country and the appearance of the coronavirus’ Omicron variant in the world. Here’s what we...