Lebanon Launches Service That Lets People Go Out During Mid-Lockdown Emergencies

Lebanon Launches Service That Lets People Go Out During Mid-Lockdown Emergencies
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The strict lockdown that will start on Thursday will include a full-day curfew with minor exceptions for necessary errands, such as buying bread and medicine.

However, in cases of emergency, citizens who are not included in the exemptions specified by the Higher Defense Council’s lockdown decision may be given permission to go out during the 11-day lockdown.

The process to request permission can be carried out online, through a dedicated governmental website that will go live on Thursday, or via SMS. Here are the details of each method.

First Method: Online

  1. Go to the dedicated website, here.
  2. Fill out the form with the required information, which includes the name, the mobile number, the address, as well as the expected mobility date and time.

The request is then reviewed and, accordingly, approved or rejected.

Second Method: SMS

  • Send an SMS to 1120 containing the full name, the district, and the reason for the requested permission, denoted by one of the following numbers, from 1-17:
    • 1: Bakery.
    • 2: Pharmacy.
    • 3: Medical clinic or laboratory.
    • 4: Hospital.
    • 5: Agricultural or veterinary pharmacy.
    • 6: Veterinary clinic.
    • 7: Distribution center (purchasing a newspaper or magazine).
    • 8: Money exchange and transfer office.
    • 9: Shipping and clearance company.
    • 10: Insurance – Social Security – Cooperative of Government Employees – Guarantor company.
    • 11: Gas station.
    • 12: Application center for travel visas approved by foreign embassies in Lebanon.
    • 13: Gas filling and distribution company or station.
    • 14: The airport, to drop off or pick up a traveler.
    • 15: Hotel and furnished apartments.
    • 16: Funeral.
    • 17: Other – specify.

The request is then reviewed and approved or rejected accordingly.

Once acquired, the digital permission, which is time-sensitive depending on the specified reason (ranges from 1 to 8 hours), can be shown to security forces for clearance through roadblocks during the lockdown.

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