Travel Tips Lebanon
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers from
2: Typhoid occurs in rural areas.
Food & drink: Mains water is normally chlorinated and, whilst relatively
safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available and
is advised for the first few weeks of the stay. Drinking water outside
main towns and cities is likely to be contaminated and sterilisation is
considered essential. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe
for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are
generally considered safe to eat.
Other risks: Hepatitis A and B are present but rare.
Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival
should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.
For more information, consult the Health appendix.
Health care: Health insurance is essential. Lebanese
hospitals are very modern and well equipped and many doctors are highly
qualified, reputed to be among the best in the world. All doctors speak
either English or French. The majority of hospitals in the region are
private and require proof of the patient’s ability to pay the bill
before providing treatment (even in emergency cases). Visitors who are
not insured and require hospitalisation should contact their Embassy for
advice. Standards at Lebanon’s public hospitals are much lower.
The two best hospitals in the country are the Hôtel Dieu in Achrafieh,
Beirut, and the American University/AUB Hospital in Hamra, Beirut.
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