Known as the Paris of the Middle East, Lebanon is popular with travelers for its beautiful nature, rich culture and heritage, pleasant climate, fun nightlife, and Mediterranean beaches and cuisine.
Foreign nationals from the following countries are required to apply for a Lebanon visa, before traveling to Lebanon:
Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territories, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Vatican City, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The Lebanese visa-on-arrival is valid for 30 days, extendable for up to three months. Lebanon sticker visas are issued as either a single, double, or multiple entry, valid for 90 days from the date of issue, allowing a 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.
Foreign nationals traveling to Lebanon for tourism, business, personal visits, or other short-term purposes, should apply for a Lebanon short-term visa by meeting the following requirements:
A passport valid for at least 6 months, with one copy of the passport biometric page. Please note that travel documents are not accepted or passports stamped with Israeli visas or seals.
One recent, standard passport photo
A completed Lebanon visa application form.
Hotel reservation, residential address, or proof of lodging.
An airplane ticket proving departure from Lebanon.
Proof of financial means during stay in Lebanon, such as bank statements or salary slips.
A document highlighting the applicant’s profession or occupation.
A residency permit, valid for 6 months, if the applicant lives in a foreign country.
Certain foreign nationals may be required to provide additional requirements, in addition to the basic requirements listed above. Depending on the applicant’s travel purpose, status, and nationality, such requirements may include pre-authorization from the General Security of Lebanon, an invitation letter, a marriage or birth certificate, or other forms of documentation. Please note that documents should be submitted in English, Arabic, or French.
Foreign nationals applying for a Lebanon tourist 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. Some Lebanese embassies and foreign offices accept applications by courier.
• 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 the visa in the mail if applied by courier.
• Verify all visa information is correct and matches your passport.
The application fee for the Lebanon tourist visa varies, depending on the particular Lebanese embassy, consulate, or foreign office where you are applying.
Unless eligible to obtain a visa-on-arrival at a Lebanese port of entry, all foreign nationals are required to apply at their nearest Lebanon embassy, consulate, or foreign mission abroad, or by courier if the Lebanese foreign mission permits.
Processing times for Lebanon visas take several days to weeks, and you are advised to start your Lebanon application at least 2 months before traveling to Lebanon. Foreign citizens required to have a pre-approved authorization from the Lebanon General Security should be aware that authorizations can take 6-8 weeks to be processed.
Approved Lebanon visas can be collected from the Lebanese embassy, consulate, or representation office where you applied, or received by mail if the visa application was done through courier. You should always review the visa and make sure all information is correct and matches your passport details.
Visas acquired upon arrival can be extended for a maximum period of 3 months.
Citizens of the GCC and Jordan can travel to Lebanon visa-free. Foreign nationals from over 80+ countries can travel to Lebanon and obtain a visa-on-arrival at Lebanon ports of entry. All other foreign nationals are required to apply for a Lebanon visa, prior to traveling to Lebanon.
Lebanon tourist visa fees vary depending on the Lebanese embassy, consulate, or representation office where you are applying. You are advised to check with your nearest Lebanon foreign office for their particular visa application conditions.
No, if you wish to travel to Lebanon for employment purposes, you must apply for pre-authorization with the Lebanon General Directorate of General Security and Lebanese Ministry of Labor, and then apply for a Lebanon work visa.