View from Beit meri
Any person entering Lebanon must hold a passport
valid for at least six months beyond the estimated duration
of stay in Lebanon.
Tourist and business visas can be obtained on arrival at
Beirut Airport and at other ports of entry on the Lebanese
border. This rule applies to nationals of the following
countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy,
Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and USA.
Refugees must hold travel documents according to the London
Convention of 1946 and the Geneva Convention of 1951, issued
by any country other than Israel.
Residents of Gaza holding a Laissez-Passer issued by
Egyptian authorities unless the holder has obtained a visa
from a Lebanese representative abroad.
Single and multiple entry visas can be obtained from any
Lebanese consulate or embassy. As visa regulations are
subject to change, visitors should check with their nearest
Lebanese embassy or consulate prior to making travel
The government of Lebanon refuses entry and transit to
holders of Israeli passports, and also to holders of
passports containing a visa for Israel, (valid, expired,
used or unused). They may only transit Lebanon on the same
aircraft within 24 hours and without leaving the airport.
Exceptions are members of travel groups (organized by travel
agents and comprising more than three persons) who are
holding a passport with a visa for Israel.
Entry is also refused to:
Nationals of India need a return or onward ticket, if their
profession gives rise to the suspicion that they may look
for employment in Lebanon (e.g. manual labourers).
No Visa is required for the following:
-Nationals of Lebanon;
-Nationals of Syria;
-Palestinians holding valid Lebanese Laissez-Passer;
-Children under 15 years of age provided that they are
accompanied by their parents who are residents of Lebanon
holding an entry visa or are of Lebanese descent;
-Holders of Diplomatic Passports, provided they are
accredited to Lebanon;
-Persons of Lebanese descent provided they are holding a
Lebanese identity card or expired Lebanese passport;
-United Nations Staff, being Diplomat, holding Diplomatic
Cards, issued by the Lebanese Ministry of foreign affairs;
-Alien Residents in possession of a valid resident permit
-Members of the Deterrent, Emergency, U.N. Interim Forces in
Lebanon (UNIFIL) and U.N Security Forces; holding Military
Visitor visas are generally issued for a period between 2
weeks and 3 months and are renewable on request when in the
country. Transit visas are valid for between 24 hours and 2
weeks. The cost is as follows:
15 days LL15,000 $10
1-3 months (one entry) LL50,000 $33
1-3 months (multiple entry) LL100,000 $66
There is a US$15 departure tax for visitors leaving the
country by boat, or economy class air ticket. First class
airline passengers must pay US$30.