Beirut opens airport with daily limit of 2,000 passengers

Grigory Matyunin 24-Jun-2020
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Beirut is preparing to reopen the Rafic Hariri International Airport from the start of July after three months of closure.

Flights from countries where the polymerase chain reaction test for coronavirus is not available will be reduced to a fifth of those prior to the pandemic. Flights from those countries where the test is available will operate 80 percent.

Passengers and aircrew will be expected to wear face masks and change them every four hours. They will also be expected to bring their own hand sanitiser.

The Minister of Health, Hamad Hassan, said that “the criterion is no longer the number of COVID-19 infections. Rather, it is the gradual societal immunity. The country was opened because the economic situation is deteriorating and we will gain societal immunity.”

Visitors from abroad arriving in Lebanon must possess health insurance that is in force for the entirety of their stay and must include all the costs of treatment for covid-19 in Lebanon.