Lebanon to bring back expats starting April 5

The process will be conducted in coordination with Lebanon's different embassies and consulates.
by Paula Naoufal

31 March 2020 | 21:15

Source: by Annahar

  • by Paula Naoufal
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 31 March 2020 | 21:15

People wait at the almost empty arrival hall of the Rafik Hariri International Airport during a strike in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Lebanon's government agreed Tuesday on a mechanism to secure the return of Lebanese abroad.

The first wave of flights will take place between April 5 and 12, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad said, adding that 20,000 people have registered up to this point. 

The process will be conducted in coordination with Lebanon's different embassies and consulates, she said. 

Priority will be given to the elderly, those needing medical attention and individuals with short visas. Flights will be carried out by the state-owned Middle East Airlines, at the expense of travelers.

To avoid the spread of the coronavirus, passengers will be separated by an empty seat and obligated to wear masks and gloves.

Travelers will also be tested at their respective embassies before securing a seat on the flight. 

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