updated on 05.06.2020
In order to contain the disease COVID-19, direct close contact between people should be restricted as far as possible. The Lebanese government therefore urges the population to stay at home and refrain from any kind of assembly.
A gradual relaxation of the measures is planned until 7 June 2020, but an extension or modification is possible. It must be expected that the local authorities and security forces will impose fines in case of violation.
The international airport in Beirut is closed for commercial flights until further notice. At the same time, all land and sea borders are closed for passenger traffic. There is no binding information as to when flight operations will be resumed.
Swiss travellers and persons residing in Switzerland are requested to register on the platform "Travel Admin". This allows the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA to contact travellers and provide them with information. It is also recommended that contact be maintained with airlines and travel agencies. Information on returning to Switzerland can be found in the link below.
Personal visits to the Embassy have to be scheduled in advance by fixing an appointment. Please send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Embassy by phone: +961 1 324 129. In case of a consular emergency outside opening hours, please contact the FDFA Helpline: +41 800 24 7 365 / +41 58 465 33 33.
The Embassy asks all Swiss nationals to observe the hygiene recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH and the World Health Organization WHO and to follow the instructions of the local authorities.
Organized departure / Flights
At this stage, no charter flight back to Switzerland is planned for Beirut. If the situation changes, the Embassy would inform at this point. Please consult this website regularly.
In order to repatriate Lebanese citizens from abroad, the Lebanese government organizes special flights in cooperation with Middle East Airlines (MEA). All flight dates and prices are published on the website of MEA. Flight tickets can be purchased directly and exclusively through MEA: Call Centre (Tel. 01 629999) / website Middle East Airlines. The Embassy of Switzerland is not involved in the booking process.
The airline Lufthansa is planning a special flight to Frankfurt, with a further connection to Zurich on 17 June 2020 (USD 600-700 per person). Flight tickets can only be booked through the Lufthansa Service Center (Sunday to Thursday: Tel. 01 347007 / Friday + Saturday: Tel. 03 439350 or 71 539 359).
Important: If you buy a ticket for a special flight, please send a copy of the booking confirmation to the Embassy.
Please note that any onward travel to Switzerland must be organized individually by each person and that the Embassy cannot guarantee that travelling to Switzerland from the destination country is possible. You will find useful information on the websites of the respective Swiss representations abroad. Binding information, however, can only be obtained from the authorities and embassies/consulates of the respective countries.
Important sources of information and links
Lebanese Ministry of Public Health – Hotline 01 594 459
The Federal Council decided on 18 March 2020 that the entry to the Schengen external borders is prohibited with a few exceptions. Switzerland follows the practice of the other Schengen countries. Until at least 15 June 2020, no Schengen visa applications will be accepted, also not for planned trips after this date.
The acceptance and issuance of urgent and justified exceptional visa (for example medical treatments or to attend a funeral) and national D visa (return visa, student visa, family reunion visa or marriage visa) is possible and an e-mail for fixing an appointment can be sent to email@example.com. For additional information, please consult the website of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM.
The Embassy of Switzerland counts on the cooperation of everyone and will continue to assist you.