Lebanon is a popular travel destination that welcomes millions of visitors each year for its Mediterranean beaches, ancient mountain range, rich culture, entertainment and cuisine.
Foreign nationals from more than 80+ countries, wishing to travel to Lebanon for tourism, business, or other short stay purposes, are eligible to obtain a visa-on-arrival at any Lebanese port of entry and stay in Lebanon for a maximum of 30 days, extendable for up to three months. Citizens of GCC countries and Jordan, traveling to Lebanon for tourism purposes, are exempt from applying for a Lebanon entry visa. Depending on the purpose of travel to Lebanon, all other foreign travelers should apply for the appropriate Lebanon visa before traveling to Lebanon, at their nearest Lebanon embassy, consulate, or representation office abroad, or through courier if the Lebanese foreign mission permits.
Lebanon visas issued by a Lebanese embassy or consulate are valid for 90 days from the date of issue, allowing a 48-hour, 15-day, 1-month, 3-month, or 6-month stay from the date of entry into Lebanon, depending on the purpose of your trip in Lebanon.
It is important to note that Lebanon visas will not be issued on passports with visas, stamps, seals, or other issued by Israel. If the passport or travel document is subsequently stamped with an Israeli visa or seal, the Lebanese visa will be deemed invalid.
If you are a foreign national applying for a Lebanon visa, you should apply for the appropriate Lebanon visa, based on the purpose of your trip to Lebanon. The Lebanon visa types are:
All foreign nationals applying for a Lebanon visa are required to submit the following:
Applicant should have a passport, valid for at least 6 months, and one copy of the passport biometric page. Please note that travel documents are not accepted or passports stamped with Israeli visas or seals.
Applicant is required to submit one recent, passport-sized photo.
Applicant should fill out a Lebanon visa application form.
Applicant should provide hotel reservations, a residential address, or proof of lodging during stay in Lebanon.
Applicant should provide an airplane ticket proving departure from Lebanon.
Applicant should provide proof of financial means during stay in Lebanon, such as bank statements or salary slips.
Applicant should submit a document highlighting the applicant’s profession or occupation.
Applicant should provide a residency permit, valid for 6 months, if the applicant lives in a foreign country.
Certain foreign nationals, such as female or domestic workers, students, minors, diplomats, or refugees, may be required to provide additional requirements, in addition to the basic requirements listed above. Depending on the applicant’s travel purpose and nationality, such requirements may include a medical report, accredited university admission letter or student card, official invitation letter, marriage or birth certificate, or other forms of documentation. All required documents should be submitted in English, Arabic, or French.
Foreign nationals applying for a Lebanon visa should follow these steps:
Fill out a Lebanon application form with your personal details and other requested information.
• Submit the Lebanon visa application form and all required documents at your nearest Lebanon embassy, consulate, or foreign mission abroad. Certain Lebanese embassies and foreign offices accept applications by mail.
• Pay the Lebanon visa application fees. If applying through the mail, note that payment through checks is not permitted.
• Collect approved Lebanon visa from the Lebanon embassy, consulate, or representation office where you applied, or receive in the mail if applying by courier.
• Make sure all information on the visa is correct and matches your passport.
All foreign nationals, who are not eligible for visa-on-arrival travel to Lebanon, are required to apply for the Lebanon visa at their nearest Lebanon embassy or representation office, or by courier if the Lebanon embassy or foreign mission allows.
Lebanon visas can take several days to weeks to be fully processed and issued. You are advised to start your Lebanon application at least 2 months before your intended trip, in order to avoid delays. Foreign citizens required to have a pre-approved authorization from the Lebanon General Security should note that such approvals can take 6-8 weeks to be processed.
All foreign nationals, who are not eligible for visa-on-arrival access in Lebanon, must apply for the appropriate Lebanon visa, prior to traveling to Lebanon.
Lebanon visas-on-arrival are valid for one month, while visas issued by a Lebanese embassy or consulate are valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
Visas acquired upon arrival can be extended for a maximum period of 3 months.
Lebanon visa-on-arrival is free of charge, while other Lebanon visas vary depending on the type of visa and number of entries.