Country: Lebanon is officially the Lebanese Republic. The country is on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. To the north and east is Syria and to the south is Israel. The country has a rich history and ethnic and religious diversity. The capital is Beirut and the official language is Arabic.
To access emergency services: Dial 140
Currency: Lebanese pound (LBP)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Lebanon, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Lebanese hospital: Most hospitals are busy and hectic. Rates are typically reasonable. For example, at American University Hospital, also known as “the AUH,” you will need to pay approximately US$40 upfront (cash or major credit card) prior to an initial examination. Pharmacies in Lebanon are also able to prescribe drugs on the spot. However, it is not recommended without a doctor’s order; try to see a doctor first.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Lebanon: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Lebanon-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.