Rafic Hariri International Airport Set to Resume Commercial Operations

Rafik Hariri International Airport-Beirut will resume its commercial flights as of July 1st, 2020, and its private flights as of 24th of June 2020.

The airport will receive only 10% of the air traffic compared to last year’s air traffic to encourage tourism in the country. Visitors coming to Lebanon will not have to self-isolate for 14 days as self-isolation will be replaced by PCR Tests.

Passengers visiting the airport will be classified into two categories;

The First category is for those who arrive from countries were PCR Tests are conducted. In this case, passengers must conduct the PCR Test within 96 hours before coming to Lebanon, provided the results are negative. Upon arrival, passengers will have to conduct another test again.

All passengers who left Lebanon for a period not exceeding 1 week will be exempted from conducting a PCR Test upon arrival to Lebanon.

The Second category includes passengers who are arriving from countries that do not conduct PCR Test. In this case, those who arrive in Lebanon must conduct a PCR Test at Beirut airport, another test will be also conducted 72 hours after their arrival to Lebanon under the penalty of prosecution even if the result of their airport results came negative.

During these 72 hours, they must abide by the self-isolation restrictions at their residences as the Ministry of Health will follow up on their cases.

Airlines operating at the airport will pay for the tests conducted at the airport provided that the passengers would pay for the other tests. If the test findings are negative passengers will continue their stay in Lebanon normally. If the tests are positive the passengers will have to abide by the self-isolation restrictions and follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health according to the adopted Medical protocol.

All foreigners wishing to come to Lebanon must have insurance valid during their whole stay in Lebanon to cover the expenses of the coronavirus medical treatment if the test findings are positive.

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