Travel Advice for Lebanon
Lebanon
Capital: Beirut

Time Zone GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 during the summer)
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 961
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Police - 386 440 425 (Emergency police - 16), Fire - 310 105, Ambulance - 386 675.
Tourist
Information
Ministry of Tourism, PO Box 11-5344, 5500 Central Bank Street, Beirut, Lebanon.
Tel: (1) 343 196 or 340 940/4 Fax: (1) 340 945.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all except: Nationals of Syria arriving from their country with valid national ID. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the estimated duration of stay. Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short term change. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all except: Syrians, Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates can obtain their visas on arrival at Beirut airport. Do not enter with Israel stamps on your passport. Obtain a visa in advance - three month visa costs 100,000 Lebanese Lira. If you have an Israeli stamp in your passport you will be refused entry to Lebanon even if you have a valid visa.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Cholera, Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink.
Currency Lebanese Pound (Lú) = 100 piastres.
Credit cards and travellers cheques have limited acceptance.
ATM availability: Over 30 locations.
Cost of
Living
Relatively expensive. Accommodation can be especially expensive for the traveller looking for a cheap place to stay. Food, however can be cheap if purchased from sandwich and snack bars.
Languages Arabic. French and English are spoken. Kurdish and Armenian are spoken by a small minority.
Weather Summer (June - Sept) is hot along the coast and cooler in the mountains. Winter (Dec to mid Mar) is mostly rainy with snow in the mountains. Spring and Autumn are cool and pleasant.
Electricity 110/220 volts, AC 50 Hz.
Post Usually 5- 6 days to Europe, up to 8 days to the USA.
Transport BUS: Intercity buses are cheap and efficient but may be uncomfortable.
TAXI: Fares should be agreed in advance. They are usually shared and a 50% surcharge will be added after 2200 hours.
CAR HIRE: chauffeur-driven cars are recommended although self drive cars are available.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is recommended although not legally required.
Special
Information
Because of the situation of global and regional insecurity at present, travellers should exercise extreme caution and make only necessary journeys to this country. If you intend to travel depite this advice you should be aware that you should always carry ID. Muslim traditions and practices should be respected. Casual but modest dress is suitable for day-time clothing. The main danger spots are in the south which can be subject to Israeli shelling or air raids. Do not travel in the Israeli Occupied Zone.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Only take photographs at obvious tourist sites.