Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Health, Immigration
Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Detecting and isolating cases
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: The Minister of Public Health, Dr. Hamad Hassan, issued a circular, specifying “the mechanism to be followed to enhance the detection of imported cases across land and sea borders in the context of surveillance of cases of infection with COVID-19.” The Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with medical analysis laboratories, is setting up medical teams to collect clinical samples from travelers.
Overview: Circular Issued by the Minister of Public Health on the Mechanism for Detecting Cases on the Borders.
The mechanism includes the following:
A PCR test to detect infection with COVID-19 is performed for all travelers coming to Lebanon of whatever nationality, with the exception of children under 12 years old.
The Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with medical analysis laboratories, is setting up medical teams to collect clinical samples from travelers.
The cost of PCR is collected as follows: one hundred thousand Lebanese pounds for holders of Lebanese nationality, one hundred fifty thousand Lebanese pounds for expatriates from Arab brothers, and fifty dollars for other nationalities.
The cost of the PCR test is collected directly by the authorized laboratory representative.
Full details here: https://www.moph.gov.lb/en/Media/view/36877/circular-issued-by-the-minister-of-public-health-on-the-mechanism-for-detecting-cases-on-the-borders
Type of Justification: No justification given