Flights are finally resuming from Lebanon to France this week, according to Middle East Airlines (MEA).
As COVID-19 restrictions are easing, airlines around the world are slowly resuming their activities.
Middle East Airlines (MEA) announced that it’s resuming flights to several international airports this month.
The first flights resuming are scheduled MEA flights between Beirut and Saudi Arabia as of today.
By the end of the week, flights between Paris and Beirut will resume as well, in addition to codeshare flights with Air France.
Travelling to France
All travelers leaving to France as a final destination must have a negative PCR test result not more than 72 hours from the date of departure.
If you can’t present a negative PCR test result will have to do the exam when they arrive in France.
Until the results are out, you must quarantine for two days.
You must fill out a Passenger Locator Form and give it to the airliner’s crew.
This is in addition to the travel certificates specified by the French Health Ministry, which must be presented at the airport upon arrival.
Traveling to Lebanon
When flying to Lebanon (as a final destination) or returning back from a trip, you must show a PCR negative result from a certified lab at the time of check-in.
The test result can’t exceed 96 hours before departure. You must also do the PCR test when arriving at Beirut airport. (Middle East Airlines covers the cost for this).
All passengers with Lebanon as a final destination arriving from Iraq and all African countries (except South Africa, Central African Republic, Ghana, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco), are required to:
- Have a prepaid hotel reservation at one of the hotels approved by the Ministry of Tourism in Lebanon (Lancaster Hotels, Golden Tulip Hotel, and Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel)
- Must stay for 48 hours until they receive their PCR test results
- Then they have to do a second PCR test
- Quarantine at home for 72 hours until they test result come out
Hotel reservations are not required if you’re traveling from countries not listed above. However, you must self-isolate until you receive the PCR test result from the Ministry of Public Health.
Children under the age of 12 don’t have to take a PCR test. In addition, people who left Lebanon and returned within one week are exempted from taking the PCR test at the departing location.
All passengers travelling to Lebanon must fill a health declaration form online before departure.
Editor’s note: This information is accurate at the time of writing this article. However, this is a rapidly evolving issue and we recommend checking with the airlines and health ministries for the most updated information