5 years after acquisition for adult, 5 years for children
The Lebanese passport is a passport issued to citizens of the Lebanese Republic that are used for travel. They are issued by the Lebanese Directorate General of General Security and can be issued at various Lebanese embassies and/or consulates.
"The Republic of Lebanon, Passport" is written on the cover page in both Arabic and French. The contents of the passport are in Arabic, French and English.
The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar on December 18, 2009, contained an article concerning the Lebanese passport, where it was stated that the Lebanese minister of interior is studying the conditions and best measurements in order to announce a Lebanese Biometric Passport international tender. The Lebanese politicians decided to head toward the French companies and technologies especially that the old passports were issued by the French national printer ("Imprimerie Nationale") which demonstrated a worthwhile trust from the Lebanese Government for the privacy of the data and issuing process. Lebanese citizens are still waiting for the official announcement of the tender which will probably be announced in January 2010 while the process of issuing biometric passports will start in mid-2010 or early 2011.
The cabinet ministers council on September 14, 2011 authorized the Lebanese ministry of interior to sign a contract with the French national printer Imprimerie Nationale for acquiring new biometric passports. Currently, all Lebanese Nationals must hold the new biometric passport.
As of November 24, 2015 all citizens that possess the red Lebanese passport must submit them to the Lebanese Directorate General of General Security or at any Lebanese embassy as well as any of the various Lebanese Consulates. These passports will no longer be valid since they are not machine-readable. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has decided that November 24, 2015 will be the deadline to implement the use of machine-readable passports only in travel through airports. Those who possess the red Lebanese passport must apply for the navy blue (machine-readable) passport as soon as possible.