Lebanon: Travel Health Information

Lebanon is known for its ancient ruins and sites, historic buildings, and a mixture of traditional and modern architecture. Popular sites include the National Museum of Beirut, Sheikh Abdullah Hill Quarry, Temple of Bacchus, Beiteddine Palace, and Al Bass Archaeological Site.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Lebanon may differ from your home country. Lebanon has both public and private health sectors. Healthcare that meets international standards is available in Beirut but the quality of care outside the capital can vary. The country has a severe shortage of nurses. Many doctors are trained abroad and speak English or French.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Lebanon typically require upfront payment in cash, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Lebanon.

Qualified pharmacists are available in all licensed pharmacies, but support staff can also dispense medication without consulting the pharmacist. Most medications that typically require a prescription can be purchased without one. However, it is not advisable to take any new medication without consulting a doctor. Avoid buying medications from markets or unlicensed pharmacies, as fake medication is a concern.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Lebanon’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Lebanon’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads are generally well constructed, but traffic can be chaotic and road rules are not always followed. Traffic accidents are common. Seat belts are required for all occupants of a vehicle. Motorcycle drivers and passengers are required to wear a helmet.

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Lebanon At A Glance

Capital: Beirut

Population: 6.007 million

Official language: Arabic

Time zone: Eastern European Time (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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