Visa policy of Lebanon
The visa policy of Lebanon deals with the requirements which a foreign national wishing to enter Lebanon must meet to be permitted to travel to, enter and remain in the country.
Visitors to Lebanon must obtain a visa from one of the Lebanon diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or one of the countries whose citizens are eligible for visa on arrival.
Citizens of member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Jordan may travel to Lebanon without visa limits for a max. stay of 6 months granted per year, nationals of the 79 other jurisdictions are granted visa on arrival at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry if there is no Israeli visa or seal on their passport, are holding a telephone number, address in Lebanon, and a non-refundable return or circle trip ticket for a max. stay of one month, extendable up to three. Turkish citizens are however are granted a 3-months visa on arrival instead. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months beyond the period of intended stay and with two blank pages.
- 1 Visa policy map
- 2 As of right
- 3 Visa exemption
- 4 Visa on arrival
- 5 Additional Exemptions
- 6 Regulations regarding the entry of Syrian nationals to Lebanon
- 7 Approval requirement from the Lebanese Immigration Directorate
- 8 Future Changes
- 9 Visa types and requirements
- 10 Israeli Stamps
- 11 Minors
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Visa policy map
As of right
1 – May enter with a national identity card, individual civil status record, expired passport or civil extract issued by Lebanon to passengers of Lebanese descent holding a foreign passport.
Holders of passports of the following 7 jurisdictions do not require a visa to visit Lebanon up to 6 months per year for tourism or business purposes. An identity document is accepted in lieu of a passport for Jordanian nationals:
1 – provided passport includes a national serial number.
Travelers of Lebanese origins traveling with any foreign passport and with a valid Lebanese national identity card, an expired Lebanese passport or a Lebanese civil document are exempted from visa requirements and admitted as Lebanese citizens.
Visa on arrival
Holders of the passports issued by the following 79 jurisdictions are granted visa on arrival at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry if there is no Israeli visa or seal on their passport, are holding a telephone number, address in Lebanon, and a non-refundable return or circle trip ticket for a max. stay of one month, extendable up to three(unless otherwise stated):
1 – Not applicable to holders of a British National (Overseas) passports.
2 – Nationals of Turkey traveling as tourist can obtain a visa on arrival granted at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry if there is no Israeli visa or seal on their passport for a max. stay of 3 months, if holding a telephone number and address in Lebanon. Extension of stay possible for additional 1 month. Turkish bus and truck drivers and their assistants in addition to Turkish civil airplanes and ship cabin crew are granted free three months multiple entries, entry visas that can only be renewed one month after their date of expiry.
Conditional Visa on arrival
Citizens of the following 15 jurisdictions can obtain a visa on arrival at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry only if there is no Israeli visa or seal on their passport and provided holding, a non-refundable return or circle trip ticket, a copy of a reservation in a 3 to 5 star hotel or private residential address with telephone number in Lebanon, and at least USD 2,000 in cash.
- Businessmen, Directors/General Managers, Employers, Physicians, Engineers and Lawyers possessing a valid residence in the possessing a valid residence in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, provided that the term of the granted visa doesn’t exceed the validity of the concerned person's passport and residence are granted an 11 months visa. The airlines companies are in charge of checking the residence's validity prior to boarding. As for the wives and children of this category, they are granted visas according to the conditions concerning the entry of individuals of same nationalities in case that they do not possess a valid residence in the one of the Gulf Countries.
- Citizens of Thailand provided holding a diplomatic passport are granted a free one month valid visa renewable for three months at the airport and the border centers.
- Citizens of Philippines holding a service or special passports are granted a visa on arrival for a max. stay of 1 month at at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry. Extension of stay possible for additional 2 months.
- Citizens of Cyprus provided holding a diplomatic passports, special passports and service passport are exempted from the charges of an entry visa.
- Citizens of Ukraine holding "Travel Document of Child" whose age is under eighteen are granted a free one month valid visa renewable for three months at the airport and the border centers.
- Citizens of Poland holding a Temporary Passport are granted a free one month valid visa renewable for three months at the airport and the border centers and this is similar to ordinary passport holders.
- Tourist groups (minimum of 8 people) can obtain a visa on arrival for a max. stay of 6 months, provided sponsored by a registered tour operator in Lebanon.
- Holders of a written notification issued by the Lebanese Immigration Directorate confirming that a visa is available, can obtain a visa on arrival
- Citizens of Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, and Great Britain holding an Emergency Passport are granted a free one month valid visa renewable for three months at the airport and the border centers and this is similar to ordinary passport holders.
- Individuals occupying official positions in the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and to their families after verifying their titles are granted a free visa. As for the invited personnel on the part of the committee to participate in its official acts and activities, they will get a free visa based on an approval from the General Directorate of General Security pursuant to a formal request from "ESCWA" presented to this General Directorate or at border departments and centers.
- The Arab students coming to Lebanon individually or by group are granted a free three months period visa provided that they present the student's card or a registration statement or an acceptance statement issued by one of the universities, institutes or schools in Lebanon.
- Arab and Foreigner diplomats, domestic workers accompanying the accredited Arab and Foreigner diplomats in Lebanon who must depart with them, domestic workers accompanying Lebanese families living aboard who must depart with them are granted a six months renewable visa for free at the airport and border centers.
- Maids of those accredited to nationals of Lebanon can obtain a visa on arrival for a max. stay of 6 months.
- Holders of travel document issued by Syria to Palestinian refugees can obtain a visa for 24 hours in case they hold a residence permit of a third country and is continuing to Syria.
- The following cases are exempted from all the conditions concerning the address, the non-refundable return or circle trip ticket, and the pre-approval from the General Directorate of General Security:
- The wife of a Lebanese citizen, who didn’t work previously as an artist or a masseuse, after presenting a document asserting the marriage.
- The wife of a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon or a holder of a valid identity card under consideration and who didn’t work previously as an artist or a masseuse, after presenting a document asserting the marriage.
- The wife of a Syrian citizen accompanying him and who didn't work previously as an artist or masseuse in Lebanon, provided that the marriage is registered on the husband’s family register or by presenting a document proving the marriage.
- Women who didn’t work previously as artists or masseuses in Lebanon, accompanying their husband, their child, one of their parents, brothers.
- The mother in law of a Lebanese citizen, after presenting a document asserting the kinship.
- Women coming among official delegations, or those holding private, special or diplomatic passports.
- The wife of a Lebanese citizen who has previously worked as an artist or a masseuse and left Lebanon for a period of more than one year, if she is accompanied by one or more of her children from this marriage after presenting the documents proving the marriage.
- The wife of a foreigner non Arabic man who has previously worked as an artist or a masseuse and had left Lebanon for a period more than one year, provided that she is in his company and that she holds a document proving the marriage.
Regulations regarding the entry of Syrian nationals to Lebanon
- Nationals of Syria, passing through Lebanon on their way to Syria can obtain a visa on arrival at at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry for max. stay of 48 hours.
- Nationals of Syria, traveling as tourists can obtain a visa on arrival at at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry for the duration of the pre-arranged hotel accommodation if holding a cash amount equivalent to the sum of one thousand US Dollars or an authentic cheque of the same value from a recognized bank, a proof of pre-arranged hotel accommodation, and a family book if accompanied by family members.
- Nationals of Syria, traveling for business can obtain a visa on arrival at at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry for max. stay of 1 month provided holding a proof of business/occupation, a letter of invitation/guarantee issued by an inviting party, and a family book if accompanied by family members.
- Nationals of Syria, owning a property in Lebanon can obtain a visa on arrival at at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry for a max. stay of 6 months provided holding a proof of property ownership and a family book if accompanied by family members.
- Nationals of Syria, traveling to Lebanon for medical treatment can obtain a visa on arrival at at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry for max. stay of 72 hours, provided holding medical reports/certificates of treatment/condition. Extension is possible.
- Nationals of Syria, visiting a foreign embassy in Lebanon can obtain a visa on arrival at at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry for max. stay of 48 hours, provided holding proof of scheduled appointment.
- Nationals of Syria, traveling to study in an accredited school or university can obtain a visa on arrival at at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry for max. stay of 7 days, provided holding a letter of acceptance issued by College/University or College/University ID, applicable diplomas/certificates, and a copy of their passport.
Approval requirement from the Lebanese Immigration Directorate
- Nationals of Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe passports need an entry visa showing the approval numbers of the Immigration Directorate (Surete Generale) or a copy of the approval issued by Lebanese Immigration.
- Nationals of Iraq holding visas issued by the Embassy of Lebanon in Baghdad after February 20, 2007.
- Females, having previously undertaken employment as artists or masseuses in Lebanon, irrespective of the length of time spent out of Lebanon.
On March 6, 2015, following his diplomatic trip to Latin America, Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Gebran Bassil announced in a press conference a proposal to introduce visa on arrival for citizens of the following 10 jurisdictions however it is still pending ratification or implementation:
Visa types and requirements
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- People visiting relatives or friends
- People wishing to visit Lebanon for a short period for the purpose of making or meeting with business contacts, attending trade fairs, speaking at conferences etc.
- Unpaid participation in athletic or artistic event or competition. An invitation letter from the sponsoring organization in Lebanon is required
- Unpaid participation in a scientific/academic seminar or conference sponsored by a research or academic institution. An invitation letter from the sponsoring organization in Lebanon is required.
Temporary & Permanent Residence Visa
Foreigners wishing to live and work in Lebanon are required to apply for a temporary residence visa. To obtain a temporary visa for employment purposes, the worker needs to secure a job offer from a Lebanon company or government department, or a foreign company based in Lebanon, and the company is required to apply to the Immigration Division of the Ministry of Labor on the worker's behalf. The criteria for approval of an employment visa include suitable educational qualifications or work experience, a secured employment contract in Lebanon, proof of adequate means of subsistence in Lebanon, police confirmation that the worker has no criminal record, and a satisfactory medical examination. All official documents must be translated into Arabic, French, or English and 'legalized' by the consulate. The application processing period is normally around 1-3 weeks. Employment visas are issued for a specific job, and are not transferable between employers in Lebanon without permission. Visas are also issued to the employment visa holder's spouse and children.
Foreign nationals aged over 50 can apply for a permanent visa if they have a pension of at least 30,000 Lebanese Lira (US$2,000) per month and will transfer it to Lebanon every month. Visas may also issued to dependents, Documentary proof of the pension and a bank declaration authorizing the monthly transfer are required. Applicants for permanent residence visas are required to submit their passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable) and a police certificate of no criminal record, issued within the last 90 days.
A Transit Without Visa (TWOV) applies if passing through an international transit area of at Beirut International Airport in order to board a connecting or to proceed by the same flight to an international destination, without entering the country (i.e. clearing immigration). This does not apply to:
- Travelers holding stand-by or refundable tickets
- Citizens of the following 13 jurisdictions:
|Up to 48 hours||Gratis|
|48 hours to 15 days||25,000 LBP|
It is granted for VIPs by Lebanese embassies and delegations abroad or by the General Director of General Security.
It is granted for groups, and the fee is collected from each member of the groups.
It is granted for 3 months and its fee is 50.000 LP. based on a pre-approval from the Ministry of labor.
Travelers who hold passports that contain visas or entry/exit stamps for Israel will be denied entry into Lebanon and may be subject to arrest or detention. Even if their travel documents currently do not have Israeli stamps or visas, persons seeking entry into Lebanon who have previously traveled to Israel may still face arrest and/or detention if this travel is disclosed. The Government of Lebanon has the authority to refuse admission to other country's nationals and to detain them for further inspection.
Children under 15 years of age, travelling on a foreign passport and accompanied by at least one Lebanese parent holding a Lebanese passport or ID-form, can obtain a visa upon arrival. However, this doesn't apply to Palestinian minors born to Lebanese mothers.
- "Visa Information". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- Embassy of Lebanon, Ottawa, Canada>Consular>Visas
- Lebanese General Directorate for General Security-Entry Visas
- Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Consular Information