Visas



Foreigners wishing to visit Lebanon as tourists must obtain a visa at a Lebanese Embassy/Consulate in the country of residence. They require a valid passport for 30 days, at least, beyond the expiry date of the visa, (visas are valid for a maximum period of six months and duration of stay should not exceed the validity of the visa which starts upon arrival in the country), an application form and a recent passport size photograph. In some cases they require additional documents such as official letter of business, traveling itinerary, etc…

Foreigners visiting Lebanon are not allowed to take up employment unless they have obtained an employment visa.

Lebanon is not open for immigration. However, foreigners married to Lebanese citizens can obtain residency. Also Student Visas and Employment Visas can be obtained through the appropriate authorities in Lebanon after fulfilling the appropriate conditions.



GENERAL INFORMATION

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A Lebanese visa will not be issued on any passport or Travel Document stamped with an Israeli visa or seal. Moreover, a Lebanese visa is rendered invalid if an Israeli visa or seal is stamped on the passport.

Entry to Lebanon must be made within 90 days of the visa issuing date.

Foreign passport holders of Lebanese origin may enter Lebanon without a visa provided they present a proof of their Lebanese identity at entry point.

Holders of passports of certain countries can obtain an entry visa directly upon arrival at the Rafic Hariri International Airport (RHIA) or any other port of entry at the Lebanese border on condition that there is no ISRAELI stamp on their passports. Visas obtained at the airport or the border are single entry for one month only and paid for in American Dollars.

These countries are the following: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Gcc Countries: (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates), Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan (only for Jordanians who have a national number on their passport), Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Artists from these countries who intend to work or perform in Lebanon are required to apply to the Lebanese approprite authorities in Beirut for a working permit through their intended employer.

IRAQI NATIONALS
Iraqi passport holders will be granted entry visa to Lebanon upon arrival to Rafic Hariri International Airport (Beirut International Airport) if they hold a return ticket, 2000 $ in cash, and they have a clear address in Lebanon.

Iraqi passport holders entering to Lebanon from the land border have to apply at the Embassy or Consulate for prior clearance. Kindly give two months, at least, from date of application to receive the feedback.


VISA REQUITEMENTS


The following documents must be provided to obtain an entry visa to Lebanon:

- A passport valid for at least 6 Months.
- A Visa Application Form per person completed and signed either at the consulate or by downloading and completing the form from the connection below.

* Application Forms for MINORS travelling alone or in the company of their parents or either one of their parents MUST be signed by both parents in addition to a written consent of both parents and their driving licences. Applications and consents must be signed in the presence of a Consular Officer or notarised by a Notary Public or a police officer and then by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Victoria if sent by mail.
In case the minor is under guardianship, a copy of the Court Order granting permission to travel and certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Victoria should be presented to the Consulate.


- One passport size photo on each form.
- One coloured photocoy of passport.
- Marriage certificate or family census record if one of the spouses is of non-Lebanese origin.
- Australian Birth certificate for children under 18 certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade in Victoria.

Visa applications require at least two working days to be processed. In some cases, where approval is required from the Security General in Beirut, the process will take more considerable time.

Fees per passport:
- One entry visa: A$ 55.00
- Two entry visa: A$ 78.50
- Multiple entry visa: A$ 109.50
"Payment are only accepted in Cash”.

If requested, passports and relevant documents will be returned by mail provided a self-addressed, stamped (or Priority Prepaid) return envelope is included with the application.

NOTE:
1- No visas will be granted on Travel Documents.
2-Granting a visa does not permit the compulsive entry if the competent authorities have other preventions.


VISA APPLICATION FORM



CUSTOM REGULATIONS

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The following items are allowed duty free:

- 200 cigarettes, or 200 grams of tobacco, or 25 cigars.

- 1 litre of alcoholic drinks.

- 60 grams of perfume, or 0.5 liter of Eau de Cologne.

- a few personal gifts.

Israeli products are not allowed into Lebanon.

* Arriving passengers may bring in foreign currencies without restrictions. Gold coins and jewellery are tax exempt and should be declared to the authorities upon entry into Lebanon.

* Departing passengers may take out Lebanese and foreign currencies without restrictions. However, passengers are allowed to take out the same quantity of gold coins and jewelry declared upon arrival into Lebanon. Receipts for jewelry purchased while in Lebanon should be presented if requested by Customs Officials.

* Passengers are not allowed to bring in or take out, under any circumstances, weapons and ammunition without the prior permission of both the Ministries of Defense and Interior.

*Passengers are not allowed to bring in or take out illegal drugs and narcotics under any circumstances.

*Valuable antiquities cannot be exported without prior export permission from the Competent Authorities.