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The list of countries that have the right to a Lebanese visa

Mandatory formalities to grant a Lebanese visa 

 
 
The type of request
 
   The concerned countries
 
   The formalities required
 
 The visa granted for an immigrant of countries members of the Gulf Cooperation Council or an immigrant of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
 
(1)
 
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman
 
- The statement ‘3months’ or ‘6months’ will be stamped on their passport, the visa will be granted free of charge, at passports or any other border posts
 
3months : for Jordanian immigrants
 
6months : For immigrant of countries members of the Gulf Cooperation Council
 
- The period can be extended to one year, free of cost, by the general directorate of the general security  – department of Arabs and foreigners
 
- The surname, first name and nationality of the employer should be mentioned on the passports of all the maids, drivers and bodyguards that are accompanying them
 
- It is necessary that the above mentioned employees own a valid residency permit delivered by the employer’s country of origin
 
- The driver can follow his employer to Lebanon by land, if the car is registered in the name of the latter
 
- Jordanian citizens that hold a passport with a national number,  whether  drivers in public transportations, or assistants of the latter, can get a free multiple entry visa for 6 months if their entry is for professional reasons

(1)  Immigrants of countries members of the Gulf Cooperation Council or immigrants of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan holding a passport with a national number, that arrive to Lebanon as tourists are exempted from entry visas, as well as the members of their family, their maids, drivers, and body guards
 
Arabs and foreigners that hold a travelling document valid for less than 2 months, get a visa of 2 weeks, if they wish to stay longer, they must renew their passports
 
 
The type of request
 
   The formalities required
 
 A cost-free visa of one month extendable to 3 months  is granted for immigrants from the following countries : 
 
Andora- Antigua and Barbuda- Argentina - Armenia-Australia-Austria-Azerbaijan-Bahamas-Barbados-Belarus-Belgium-Belize-Bhutan-Brazil-Bulgaria-Canada-Chile-China Peoples republic)
 –Costa Rica-Croatia-Cyprus-Czech republic -Denmark-   Domincan republic-Estonia-Finland-France-Georgia - Germany-Great Britain Or   United Kingdom-Greece-Holland-Hong kong(SAR)China-Hungary-Iceland-Iran-Ireland-Italy-Japan-Kazakstan-Kirgizstan-Latvia-Liechtenstein-Lithuania-Luxembourg- Macau(SAR)-Macedonia-Malaysia-Malte-Mexico-Moldova-Monaco-Montenegro-New Zealand-Norway-Panama-Paraguay-Peru-Poland-Portugal-Romania-Russia- Samoa-San Marino-Serbia -Singapore-Slovakia-Slovenia-S.Korea-Spain-  St.Kitts & Nevis -Sweden-Switzerland-Tajikistan
-Turkmenistan - UkraineU.S.A-Uzbekistan-Venezuela
 
 
 
 - The interested party should communicate his current address to the directorate of general security. In the event of a change of location, the latter should also be communicated
 
- If the visa has an expiration period of 1 month, it is possible for the interested party to go to Syria in a brief period of 5 days, whether the visa is anticipated, consular, or immediately issued
 
NB :
 
- In case of an ‘emergency passport’ , whether issued by Canada, France, Great Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark or Australia, the interested party has a right to an immediately issued visa when they reach Lebanon (1 months extendable to 3 months) 
 
- The Ukrainian immigrants, holding a child traveling document, that are younger than 18 years old, are granted a cost-free visa of 1 months extendable to 3 when they reach Lebanon
 
- It is however possible for the above-mentioned category that come either from Canada or Great Britain, to be granted a residency permit of 1 year whether it’s permanent permit or  a courtesy permit
 
- The holder of a temporary passport, issued by Poland, has a right to an immediately issued visa of one month extendable to 3 months
 




 
 
The type of request
 
   The formalities required
 
 
A cost-free visa of one month extendable to 3 months  is granted for immigrants from the following countries
 
 
Armenia - Azerbaijan – Belarus -Bulgaria- people’s Republic of China  - Croatia - Czech Republic – Estonia – Georgia –Hong Kong  - Hungary – Kazakhstan – Kirgizstan -Latvia - Lithuania- Macau(SAR) – Macedonia –Moldova - Montenegro - Poland – Russia - Romania – Serbia  - Slovakia-Slovenia-tajikistan-Ukraine-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 









 
 Arab and foreign diplomats :
                                                                        A cost-free multiple entry visa of 6 months, is granted at the airport and border posts to the above-mentioned category
This visa is also granted to domestic workers accompanying Lebanese families that reside abroad

Colombian citizens holding an official or diplomatic passport, are granted a 3months free visa, renewable one time every year. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 - Immigrants of Arab countries, or countries of the Gulf cooperation council
 
- A cost free 1 month visa, extendable to 3 months is granted to immigrants from the following countries :
 
Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Comoros island, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Somalia, Sudan,  Tunisia, Yemen, Ivory coast, Ghana, and Nigeria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

- Businessmen and directors, C.E.Os, doctors, engineers, lawyers, and others, holding a residency permit valid in any country member of the Gulf cooperation council :
 
A visa of 11month is granted at the airport or any border post
 
 
 
While their wives and kids are not met with the same conditions, if they do not have a valid residency permit.
In fact they act under the conditions required to each one of them according to her situation and country of origin
 
 






















































Employees of the ESCWA
 A cost free visa will be granted to members of the ESWA that hold official duties, as well as to their families, after some verification regarding their duties
 As for the guests invited to participate in a certain activity organized by the commission, a cost-free visa will be granted following a request from the ESCWA
 
 
- A round trip airline ticket
 
- A hotel reservation or a clear residency address
 
Women that are granted an anticipated authorization for entry, are exempted from the above-mentioned formalities, as well as the following :
 
- The wife of a Lebanese citizen that has never worked as an artist, a model or a masseuse in Lebanon. The latter must have a marriage certificate in hand, that’s conform to current regulations
 
- The entry of a female artist or a masseuse has to be authorized in advance, with the necessity of a specific contract conform to current regulations, regardless of their age, or the duration of their stay abroad
 
- The wife of a Palestinian or a Syrian refugee, or the owner of residency permit ‘under consideration’ who has never worked as an artist, a masseuse or a model. They must however have in hand a marriage certificate conform to current regulations
 
- The mother-in-law of a Lebanese citizen, holding a document that proves the family tie
 
- The wife of a Lebanese citizen that has worked as an artist masseuse or model, and spent a month abroad in the company of her husband. The latter must have a marriage certificate in hand, that’s conform to current regulations
 
- Any woman that’s member of an official delegation, or that holds a diplomatic passport or a service passport
 
- Any woman holding a residency permit of first class, or a student visa, both valid in Syria. The above-mentioned category is granted an entry visa of 2 weeks and a departure certificate
 
Regarding the foreigner that previously worked as a masseuse, artist or model in Lebanon , and has married a Lebanese citizen abroad :
 
- If the latter has spent a year abroad, her entry is permitted according to the regulation concerning her country of origin. She must have a marriage certificate in hand which is conform to current regulations
 
- If her stay abroad was for less than a month, she can’t come back to Lebanon without a previously issued authorization, granted by the general security. The above-mentioned request is sent to the bureau of nationality, passports and foreigners. A marriage certificate is also required. 
 
 










                                                                       - Domestic workers of accredited diplomats or Lebanese families, have to own a passport on which the name of the diplomat or employer is written, his number and his nationality, as well as the statement ‘accompanying his employer’
 
- However they must leave the country in company with their employer
 
- These measures are also adopted regarding domestic workers, drivers and body guards of the Arab and foreign diplomats accredited in Syria (they must have in hand a document that proves they are employed and a residency permit valid in Syria)
 
These instructions are also adopted regarding the following :
 
 - A resident holding an ONU tourist pass
 
- Diplomats and the members of their family
 
- Foreign immigrants that work in the DCAF
 
- People that are holding a diplomatic passport accredited in Paraguay are exempted from needing an entry visa, if their passport is valid for 6 months or more
 
 
 



-  A round trip airline ticket
 
- A hotel reservation or an address of residency, and a phone number
 
- A sum of money equivalent to 2000 AD, or a check of the same amount certified by the concerned bank
 
- Are exempted immigrants holding a visa granted abroad by Lebanese missionaries, or by the general security
 
- A visa of 1 month extendable to 3 months, is granted to domestic workers, drivers, and body guards,  accompanying immigrants from Iraq, under the following conditions :
 
- The employer has to own a residency permit valid in Lebanon
 
- The employee has to own a residency permit valid in Iraq. The statement ‘accompanying his employer’ is written on his passport, as well as the name of his employer, and his passport number
 
-  The latter has to leave with his employer when the time comes
 
- Drivers can follow their employer to Lebanon by land, if the car is registered in the name of the employer
 
- Immigrants from Iraq and Yemen are granted automatically issued visas  according to the following conditions :
 
For traders :
 
- A document that proves they are registered in the  chamber of commerce
 
- The statement ‘trader’ is written on their passport. In case of an electronic passport, that doesn’t contain an information page, the document requested above would be enough
 
- A sum of money homogeneous with the trade situation at hand 
 
- A hotel reservation or a residency address , and a phone number
 
For doctors and engineers :
 
- they are granted automatically issued visas, if they own a document certifying that they are members of the medical board, or the engineering board
 
- The statement ‘doctor’ or ‘engineer’ is written on their passport. In case of an electronic passport that doesn’t have an information page, the above-mentioned certification is enough
 
- A hotel reservation or a clear residency address with a phone number
 
- A sum of money equivalent to 2 000 AD or a check of this amount, certified by the concerned bank
 
NB:
 
Are exempted the immigrants of the mentioned countries, that come to Lebanon to participate in a conference or congresses organized by local or regional authorities , If they have been officially invited
 
 


- The duration of the visa should not exceed the validity period of the residency permit, nor the validity of the passport
 
NB :
The airline company has to make sure the residency permit is valid

The visas granted to guests require a previous authorization given by the general security, following a formal request expressed by ESCWA






 
 
NB:
- If a tourism visa is granted by one the Lebanese missions residing abroad, conform to current regulations, this visa is granted under the responsibility of the mission’s director: a fact that is known by the latter who will write and signs this statement. The official seal should also be used in this instance to avoid risk of fraud.
- Aviation companies could be encounter a monetary penalty, for any infraction committed regarding the measures previously exposed.
 
 
 
 
 
The type of request
 
   The formalities required
 
Immigrants of the following countries are concerned :
 
 
Angola - Bangladesh – Benin republic – Bosnia –
Botswana -- Burkina Faso – Burundi – Cameroon –Central Africa  Republic – Chad – Chinese Taipei(TW) – Comers Island - Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) – Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) -Djibouti  Eritrea – Ethiopia – Fiji – Gabon – Gambia – India – Indonesia –Kenya – Liberia –- Malawi – Mali – Mauritania – Mauritius – Mozambique – N.Korea – Namibia –     Guinea-Bissau- Nicaragua – Niger– Pakistan – Palau Islands – Philippines – Rwanda –
Seychelles Island – Sierra Leone – Salvador – Somalia – South-Africa – Sri Lanka-St. Lucia –  St. Vincent & Grenadines _ Suriname – Tanzania – Togo _ Trinidad & Tobago - Thailand – Honduras- Uganda – Vietnam – Zambia – Zimbabwe
 
 


Investors, businessmen, bankers, directors, employers, and traders are concerned by the following, as well as sick patients of Lebanese origin, and members of their family, we also include touristic groups :
 
An entry visa valid for 6 months is granted at the airport and at border posts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


















The entry of Arab and foreign students :
 
A cost-free entry visa of 3 months will be granted to Arab students that plan to come alone or in groups
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 A work visa :
 
A 3 months visa is granted
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Entry for reasons other than tourism
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Immigrants coming from Indonesia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, or Egypt :
 
 
 
 
 
 Arab and foreign Priests and volunteers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 - Holders of access passes, as well as holders of Palestinian passports, that come from Jordan
 
- Domestic workers and body guards, of non-Lebanese / diplomatic  families, that come from countries not members of the Gulf Cooperation Council
 
- Artists
 
- Foreigners that want to work
 
- individuals that are presumed terrorists and those indicated by the Interpol
 
- The holders of an ‘emergency passport’
 
 
- Turkish immigrants that plan to come to Lebanon as tourists :
A multiple entry cost-free visa of 3months,  is delivered at the airport, and at border posts
 
 
 
 A Palestinian immigrant whether she is the wife of a Lebanese citizen, or the wife of an immigrant coming from a country member of the Gulf Cooperation Council
 
 
 


                                                                       - Exemptions are underlined for the bureau of STL (special tribunal for Lebanon)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     - In the case of infractions 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The countries not mentioned previously :
 
 
 - The interested party should receive a previous authorization emitted by the general security, conform to current regulations
 
- It is not possible for immigrants coming from central Africa, to come work in Lebanon as a domestic worker, in accordance with an official decision emitted by their governments
 
 
 
NB :
 
- Every enterprise/institution has to attach to their visa application for a worker, a full record of all the workers matriculations and the documents related to their situation
 
 
 

 
- Investors, businessmen that come from Arab countries, that came to Lebanon for the first time, are concerned, as well as the members of their family
 
The latter has to be accredited, and the holder of an attestation granted by the official authorities in their country of origin, or at least an invitation emitted by the ‘IDAL’
 
Investors, businessmen, trader and members of their family are also concerned by this visa, if they are granted an official invitation emitted by a Lebanese businessman, under the following conditions :
 
- A formal request is emitted by the interested party and sent to the general security : attached to the latter is a proof of accommodation, and a certified copy of the commercial register
 
- A certified copy of the guest’s passport, as well as a document that underlines his profession
 
- The request is processed in a delay of maximum 72 hours
 
As for immigrants that don’t  have a right to entry visas granted at the airport, we can mention the following :
 
- Bankers, directors, and employers that hold a valid accreditation
 
- Immigrants from a Lebanese origin that hold a document proving the above-mentioned
 
- Sick patients that came to receive a treatment of some kind, or to be hospitalized, holding a clear medical report granted by a specialized doctor
 
- Touristic groups of which the total number of members is 8 at least
The touristic company has to file a formal request on their behalf
 
- Entry visas are granted to members of the group , according to the lists given by the touristic company, for a period superior to 72 hours
 
- Entry/exit stamps are affixed on their passports. They also have to fill out a registration card during their entry/exit
 
- The list of travelers is delivered in 7 copies to the secretariat of the general security, 48 hours before their entry at least
 
- A visa of 72 hours is granted in return for a sum of 25 000 L.L for every document delivered
 
NB :
 
- Touristic groups can leave the Lebanese territory from any border post or airport, under the condition that all the members will be present
 
- As for the sportive delegations, they have to file a formal request , whatever may be the number of travelers concerned, to the secretariat of general security
 
- A document delivered by the ministry of youth and sport, regarding the program planned and the addresses is requested
 
 
 
                                                                   Arab students :
 
- They have to have in hand a student card, a certificate of admission / inscription delivered by a university or a school
 
Foreign students :
 
- A visa is granted under specific conditions related to their situation and country of origin
 
 
 
                                                                   The interested party should receive a previous authorization emitted by the directorate of the general security
 
The requested documents are :
 
- A filled application
 
- A previous authorization emitted by the ministry of labor
 
- A certified copy of the identity card or an extract of civil status
 
- A mortgage signed before a notary
 
 
 
                                                               People that plan to come to Lebanon for reasons other than tourism, have to obtain a previous authorization delivered by a Lebanese mission residing abroad, or by the directorate of general security
 
 
 
                                                                       - It is not possible for immigrants of these countries to come work in Lebanon as a domestic worker, according to an official decision emitted by their government
- As for the tourism visa, it requires a previous authorization delivered by the directorate of general security
 
 
 - Priests whatever their religion, have to respect current regulations related to their country of origin if the trip is touristic
 - However if it’s not touristic, the latter have to obtain a visa delivered by the Lebanese missions residing abroad, or by the general security
 
 
                                                                       - The following require a previous authorization delivered by the directorate of the general security
 
Are exempted, the holder of ‘emergency passports’, coming from France, Sweden, Holland, Australia, as well as holders of a Ukrainian ‘Child travel document’ or an ‘Alien travel document’ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 - This visa can’t be extended before one month after its expiration
 
 
 




- If her husband is Lebanese, an extendable entry visa of one month is granted to her. She must have in hand a marriage certificate conform to current regulations
- If he is not Lebanese, a previous authorization delivered by the directorate of general security is required
 
 - Employees that work there, are exempted from any cost on entry visas
 
- Their visa is granted conformingly  to the regulations adopted for ESCWA employees (previously mentioned)
 
- Photographs, films, cassettes, CDs, publications and recordings imported by this bureau are exempted of any restraints usually compulsory  on importations and exportations
 
 
                                                                       - If the traveler is in breach of the visa expiration period :
If it’s less than one month after expiration, his exit automatically fixes the situation, financial charges are due however
If it’s more than one month, he will not be allowed to leave until he contacts the bureau of Arabs and foreigners during a period of 48 hours, to fix the situation, before leaving the country
- Those who have a work visa, have to contact the ministry of labor as well
 
 
Immigrants that come from countries not previously mentioned require a visa delivered by one of the Lebanese embassies, or a previous authorization granted by the directorate of the general security
 
 
 

G.S. Addresses

Central Direction
Central Direction
Phone number
Adlyeh - Sami el Soleh street
01/386610 - 01/425610
 
Adress 
01/612401/2/5
Adlyeh - Sami el Solesh
 
 
Headquarter at the Border
Headquarter at the Border
Beirut International Airport
01/629150/1/2 - 01/628570
Port of Beirut
01/584400
Port of Jounieh
09/932852
Port of Tripoli
06/600789
Arida
06/820101
Aboudieh
06/815151
Bakiha
06/860023
Kaa
08/225101
Masnaa
08/620018
Port of Sour
07/742896
Port of Saida
07/727455
Nakoura
07/460007
Port of Jiyeh
09/995516
 
Beirut
Beirut
The department of Beirut
01/429061 - 01/429060
 
North
North
North
06/431778
Tripoli
06/625572
Menieh
06/463249
Zgharta
06/661671
Bchareh
06/671199
Al koura
06/950552
Batroun
06/642384
Al danieh
06/490798-06/490877
North (second bureau)
06/695496
Mechmoch
06/895182
Halba
06/690004
Kobayat
06/350028
 
Beqaa
Beqaa
The department of Beqaa
08/803666
Zahle
08/823935
Jeb Jannine
08/660095
Rachaya
08/590620
(The department of beqaa (second bureau
08/370577
Chmestar
08/330106
Hermel
08/200139
Der el Ahmar
08/321136
 
South
South
South
07/724890
Saida
07/735534
Sour
07/741737
Jezzine
07/780501
Jouyah
07/411891
(South (second bueau
07/760727
Nabatieh
07/761886
Bent Jbeil
07/450010
Marjaayoun
07/830301
Hasbaya
07/550102
Jbaa
07/211418
Tebnin
07/326318
 
Mount Lebanon
Mount Lebanon
Mount Lebanon
05/920090
Baabda
05/920090
Berj - Albarajne - Medhat Alhaj
01/471912
Al Maten
01/888647
Keserwan
09/934425
Jbeil
09/945868
Hemena
05/533005
Douhour elchwayr
04/392281
(Mount Lebanon (Second bureau
05/501926
Aley
05/554864
Chwayfet
05/431142
Chouf
05/503529
Iqlim- Al Kharroub
07/242047