Passports and visas are required.
U.S. citizens coming to Lebanon for tourism can obtain a one-month visa on arrival at Beirut International Airport or other port of entry. This visa can be extended for a second month by applying at the local office of Sûreté Générale (General Security).
Official U.S. government travelers need to obtain a visa in advance of their travel.
U.S. citizens who also hold Lebanese citizenship are subject to the requirements and responsibilities of Lebanese citizenship under Lebanese law.
More information on Lebanon’s entry and exit requirements can be found on General Security’s website.
Travelers who hold passports that contain visas or entry/exit stamps for Israel will likely 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 U.S. citizens and to detain U.S. citizen travelers for further inspection.
Travelers who have previously worked in Lebanon without the appropriate work visa may be denied entry, or subject to detention or deportation.
Travelers who have overstayed their entry visa validity in Lebanon must adjust their status with General Security’s Department of Passport and Immigration and receive an exit visa prior to their departure.
Individuals who are detained pending deportation are expected to pay the cost of their own airline ticket and will remain under detention until they have gathered the necessary funds.
Citizens applying for work or residency permits will have to submit their passports to General Security, which may retain their documents for an extended period.
All U.S. government employees, and their immediate family members, must follow appropriate procedures for official travel to Lebanon. All official travel is approved via the normal country clearance process.
For Additional Information:
Contact the Embassy of Lebanon, 2560 28th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20008, tel. (202) 939-6300; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or Lebanese Consulates General in the United States in
Additional information on Honorary Consulates in the United States can be found within the Consular Affairs section of the Embassy of Lebanon website.
The U.S. Department of State is not aware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors or residents of Lebanon, although individuals applying for a work permit to Lebanon must submit to a laboratory exam in order to prove that s/he is free of HIV/AIDS. For further information, please see the website of General Security (in Arabic).
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