Lebanon’s post advises that Beirut’s airport will be opened to commercial passenger flights, with reduced capacity, effective July 1. Mail dispatches can be sent to the country using available commercial flights or air cargo freighters. In addition, the post has resumed acceptance of international mail destined for 52 countries and territories, and is making every effort to do likewise for mail destined for other countries and territories as soon as possible.
Lebanon’s post advises that it will close its entire postal network for a four-day period beginning the evening of May 13 as the government reinstates a lockdown in response to increasing COVID-19 cases. The post says mail dispatches to Lebanon via air cargo freighters can continue.
Lebanon’s post advises the government has extended some COVID-19 prevention measures through June although confinement measures are gradually being lifted. Passenger flights out of Beirut Airport remain suspended until further notice. Designated operators are invited to use available cargo flights to send their mail dispatches to Lebanon.
Temporary Service Suspension — The Postal Service will temporarily suspend international mail acceptance for certain destinations due to service impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective April 7, 2020, the Postal Service has temporarily suspended international mail acceptance to destinations where air and sea transportation is unavailable due to widespread cancellations and restrictions into the area. Customers are asked to refrain from mailing items addressed to Lebanon until further notice.
These service disruptions affect Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI), Priority Mail International® (PMI), First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS®), International Priority Airmail® (IPA®), International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®), and M-Bag® items.
For already deposited items, other than GXG, Postal Service employees will endorse the items as “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender” and then place them in the mail stream for return.
For any returned item bearing a customs form, the Postal Service will, upon request, refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the suspension of service.
For all other returned items not bearing a customs declarations form, the Postal Service will, upon request, refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the suspension of service, or the sender may re-mail them with the existing postage once service has been restored. When remailing under this option, customers must cross out the markings “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender.”
Unless otherwise noted, service suspensions to a particular country do not affect delivery of military and diplomatic mail.
USPS is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to update customers until the situation returns to normal.
Lebanon’s post advises that with the suspension of flights at Beirut’s airport, as part of national measures to combat spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is unable to offer outbound mail services to international destinations. It has stopped accepting this mail until passenger flights are resumed. Domestic operations and mail delivery are continuing with some changes.