Lebanon or the Lebanese Republic is a well-known middle eastern country situated in the western zone of Asia. The Mediterranian basins & Arabian ports offer this country an exotic location for traveling. Therefore, every year numerous tourists plan their holidays despite the hot summers of Lebanon. This year due to the pandemic a wide shutdown was seen in Lebanese tourism along with a sudden surge of violence in its neighboring countries. Yet this country managed to accustom some of the safest places in Lebanon to visit even during Covid-19. There are other concerns regarding the travel such as is it safe to travel in Lebanon now? And so on. Hence bless yourself with this brief guide on the latest Covid-19 tourism updates in Lebanon along with a brief list of the 5 best places in Lebanon to explore this year!
Updated Guidelines for Travel in Lebanon
- Passengers from Brazil or India who inhabited the respective countries during the past 14 days have been completely barred from entering Lebanon currently.
- Passengers from the rest of the world must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at least 96 hours prior to arrival.
- Passengers younger than 12 years do not have to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result.
- Those travelers who are returning to Lebanon within 1 week of their departure are also omitted from presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test result.
- Passengers who possess a complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate where they have received the last vaccine dose at least 15 days before departure are also free from showing any PCR test result. Instead, they must carry their vaccination certificate.
- Those who are unable to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result(due to plausible reasons) including the airline crew are subjected to get a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at the Lebanon airport.
- Passengers who are omitted from the above travel restriction guidelines of Lebanon are:
- Kids younger than 12 years;
- Airline crew who stop over for up to 24 hours at the airport.
- Sometimes under certain conditions, airline crew & passengers could be subject to quarantine for 72 hours.
- Passengers also have to fill in an “Airport Tracking Registration Form” before departure from their origin country. This will generate an approval e-mail or SMS that will be presented upon arrival. To check out the form Click here
(Kids younger than 12 years are free from this travel restriction to Lebanon as well.)
- Passengers are also suggested to install the “Covidlebtrack” mobile app for safe commutes across the entire country.
- Passengers traveling from Beirut (BEY) to Syria must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken at least 96 hours prior to arrival.
- Passengers of Beirut (BEY) to Syria passage must also possess a pre-approval certificate, from the Syrian Authorities before travel.
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As par travel guideline of Lebanon doesn’t apply to:
- Syrian nationals;
- Those who carry a Travel Document for Palestinian Refugees issued by Syria.
- General COVID-19 restrictions in Lebanon are:
- During the month of Ramadan, starting from Monday 12 April 2021 in Lebanon to Wednesday 12 May 2021, there was a nationwide curfew insinuated in place between 9.30 pm and 5:00 am every day.
- Religious or any other social gathering & events are completely prohibited. Places of worship will open at 30% capacity for prayers only in Lebanon.
- Restaurants, cafes, and gyms are allowed to open between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm in Lebanon. Restaurants and cafes are restricted to 50% capacity only.
- Supermarket, pharmacy, and restaurant delivery services can operate under all the regulated COVID-19 guidelines 24/7. Hotels are also open 24/7 for visitors.
- Taxis and private cars are allowed to have up to four people(including the driver) in a single-car at a time. Buses are allowed to function with a maximum capacity of 50%.
- Masks covering the mouth and nose are strictly instructed to be worn all the time when outside the home or in any vehicle (unless traveling alone)
List of 5 Famous Places in Lebanon to Visit
Sidon is the third-biggest city in Lebanon that is immensely renowned for its small-town bustling vibes due to its pleasant location near the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a marvelous commercial city center of Lebanon. Sidon was once known as the ‘city of gardens’ during the Persian Era, whose justified remnants can still be witnessed in the form of banana and citrus plantations surrounding the city. Some of the major highlights of this city include the 13th-century Sea Castle, Khan El Franj, The Great Mosque, and The Castle of St. Louis. Surely this is a must-visit place in Lebanon to give you a brief tour regarding the incredible elements of the country.
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Chouf is another historic and architectural wonder of Lebanon that is filled with endless sightseeing landmarks. Baakline Waterfalls is one of the best places to relax in the scorching summers of Lebanon. This is a popular place to visit in Lebanon which allows you to watch spectacular pouncing waterfall amidst the lush green scenery of trees. You can also head towards the nearby Barouk Reserve that is home to cedar forests, inhabited by more than 500 plant species, 32 wild animals, and 200 birds to exhibit. Kfarhim Grotto, Deir El Qamar, Moussa Castle, Mir Amine Palace, and Deir El Oumara are some of the best places in Chouf to explore especially for the history buff out there!
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Home is a renowned travel destination in Lebanon that attracts a lot of visitors due to its mystic Hermel Pyramid nestled in the south of Hermel. This pyramid sits on a top of a hill and it was believed to be a defensive construction structured during the first or second century in Lebanon. Orontes River flowing through this town makes it an adventurous hotspot for enjoying the fun of kayaking and river rafting. You can also spend your vacation holidays by savoring over the scrumptious traditional foods of Lebanon during your excursion in Hermel.
Raouche is a famous town in Lebanon’s capital city Beruit. One of the top tourist attractions of this place is Avenue de Paris that faces the Mediterranian sea & houses a lot of picturesque cafes to explore. The Avenue is a part of the larger Corniche in Beirut that runs along with the sea and houses clubs & cafes for the visitors to enjoy the mesmerizing shoreline of the city. You would be thrilled to find out it is amongst the best places to spend some romantic time with your loved ones in Lebanon. There are many more memorable adventures hidden at this fabulous place in Lebanon to visit which you could uncover only when you meet this wonder in person.
5. Roman Baths
Roman Baths are the most interesting place in Beruit to visit. This place is situated amidst Bank Street & Capuchin street of Beruit, Lebanon. It is an incredible representation of ancient Roman science & their astonishing architectural knowledge to build majestic monuments. Roman Bath vestige is actually an ancient thermae or a site that served as a meeting place for all Roman citizens while taking hot shower baths in large groups altogether(typical Romans I know!). This place was segregated into 4 parts out of which one is now the site of artistic concerts and performances held in Lebanon, while the other is now a Mediterranean garden that you mustn’t miss to exhibit. For sure this is the best place to visit in Lebanon that offers you the classic historical glances of the city.
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Hope you guys have regained the lost hope of traveling again through this rejuvenating ride of Lebanon’s wonder. There are still numerous safe places to visit in Lebanon to spend your vacations in the ideal luxurious and stress-free environment. The isolated location and well-maintained services of the government make this one of the safest places to travel during Covid-19. Iconic historical activities and scrumptious meals of the Persian culture, with your loved ones, is totally a perfect setting to experience in Lebanon. Try out the given list of best places to see in Lebanon & don’t forget to read the initial updates regarding Lebanon Travel during Covid-19 according to their regulated government policies. For more updates and engaging travelogues keep visiting Adequate Travel Blogs. Till then be safe, wear masks properly in public spaces!
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