IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION
Preparation for travel
U.S. Department of State: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
Be sure your passport is up to date.
Lebanon – Country specific information
U.S. Department of State: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_948.html
This link will provide you with important information before you begin your trip to Lebanon including
country description, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, information for victims of
crime, medical facilities and health information, medical insurance, traffic safety and road conditions,
aviation safety oversight, special circumstances, criminal penalties, children’s issues and
U.S. Department of State:
Passports and visas are required. American citizens coming to Lebanon for tourism can
purchase a short-term visa at the border. Travelers holding passports that contain visas or
entry/exit stamps for Israel will likely be refused entry into Lebanon. Travelers whose passports
contain Israeli stamps or visas and who also hold an "Arab nationality" may be subject to arrest
and imprisonment. Travelers who have overstayed their entry visa validity in Lebanon have to
adjust their status with the Central Department of Surete General (Department of Passport and
Immigration) prior to their departure.
Embassy of Lebanon
2560 28th Street NW
Washington, DC, 20008
Tel: (202) 939-6300
Consulates General of Lebanon:
• 1959 E. Jefferson, Suite 4A
Detroit, MI 48207
• 2400 Augusta, Suite 308
Houston, TX 77057
• 7060 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 510
Los Angeles, CA 90028
• 6600 S.W. 57th Avenue, Suite 200
Miami, FL 33143
(Honorary Consul, for Florida residents only)
• 9 E. 76th Street
New York, NY 10021
Information for Travelers
Health information for travelers to Lebanon - Vaccinations and other health precautions
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationLebanon.aspx
Be sure you read through this guide.
Safety tips for traveling abroad
U.S. Department of State: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html
This is an important safety guide. Please make sure you read through this guide. Register your
travel plans with the State Department at https://travelregistration.state.gov is recommended by the
OVERSEAS CITIZENS SERVICES:
Call 1-888-407-4747 (from overseas: 202-501-4444) for answers related to questions concerning
• Death or Injury of an American citizen abroad
• Arrest/detention of an American citizen abroad
• Victims of crime abroad
• American citizens missing abroad
• Abduction of a child abroad
U.S. Embassy in Lebanon
The U.S. Embassy is located in Awkar, near Antelias, Beirut, Lebanon. Public access hours for
American citizens are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 am for regular
consular services. American citizens may e-mail BeirutACS@state.gov if they have questions
about services provided by the section; they may also call 04 543 600 and ask for the American
Citizen Services Section on Mondays or Fridays between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Any American
citizen in need of emergency services outside of these hours may contact the Embassy by
telephone at any time.
Tel: (961-4) 542-600, 543-600
Fax: (961-4) 544-209
Reminder: Have your important documents, contact information, medications, a set of clothes and
other necessities in your carry-on luggage in the event of lost or delayed luggage.
Cultural/national information for Lebanon:
U.S. Department of State: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35833.htm
Information Includes geography, people, government, economy, history, political conditions, defense,
foreign relations, U.S.-Lebanese relations, and travel and business information.
More information about Lebanon
Information Includes religions, cities, other destinations, understand, get in, get around, talk, buy,
eat, drink, learn, work, stay safe, stay healthy and respect.
• WENR -- http://www.wes.org/ewenr/00jan/practical.htm
• Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Lebanon
Reminder: Please check the educational system in which the visited institution resides and make
sure the visited programs are postsecondary level in the host country.
Customs and etiquette, business etiquette and protocol in Lebanon
Kwintessential - http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/lebanon.html
Culture of Lebanon
Arabic names and naming conventions
Other useful information and links about Lebanon
* Public Holidays – Check for local, national, and religious holidays before setting the visit dates at
* Currency - The official currency is the Lebanese Pound (LBP), which is divided into 100 Piastres.
The Lebanese Pound is locally known as the 'Lira'. Use the currency converter at
http://www.oanda.com/convert/classic to compare to dollars, GBP or Euro.
* Money – where to exchange money? Can I use traveller cheques or credit card? Get info at
* Airport/Transportation Guides -
* Dialing Code – The international dialling code for Lebanon is +961. The outgoing code is 00
(except for Syria, which is 02), followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). City
codes are in use, e.g. (0)1 for Beirut area, (0)6 for North Lebanon and (0)7 for South Lebanon.
* Time – Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Get the time in Beirut at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=34
* Weather - visit Yahoo!'s up to date weather for Lebanon at
* Language – Arabic is the official language. French and English are also spoken.
* Electricity - Electrical current is 110/220 volts, 50HZ. The European round two-pin plug is standard,
as is the two-pin flat blade plug, two-pin flat blade plug with 3rd round pin, two-pin round plug with
male receptacle pin and the ‘Schuko’ plug.
* Tipping - Tipping is customary in Lebanon. Porters, waiters, hotel staff, guides and doormen
usually receive a 10-15% tip. http://www.wordtravels.com/Travelguide/Countries/Lebanon/Basics
* Translation Services - if you need an Arabic Translation Service you can try this link at
* News - check out all the latest Google news on Labanon at
* History – read about the history of Lebanon at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Lebanon