Lebanon

Lebanon

Welcome to Lebanon

Enticing in countless ways, Lebanon is the place for sunbathing on sultry beaches, indulging in renowned national cuisine and getting in touch with history and culture where Middle East meets west.

Despite years of civil war and unrest, Lebanon has emerged as a resilient country, proud of its ancient ruins, mountain views and much-valued hospitality. Visit the Beirut National Museum to see archaeological artifacts from throughout the ages, and the countless gems and minerals at the Mim Mineral Museum Beirut.

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Need To Know

Unique Facts

  • Over the centuries, Lebanon has been occupied by more than 16 countries, from the Egyptians and the Persians to Britain and France.
  • The only remaining temple of Jupiter is in Baalbeck, Lebanon.
  • Lebanon produces 70 percent of publications in the Arab world, and has 40 daily newspapers.
  • Beirut was destroyed and rebuilt seven times (for this reason, it’s often compared to The Phoenix).
  • According to Christianity, Jesus Christ performed his first miracle – turning water into wine – in Sidon, Lebanon.

Language

Lebanon’s official language is Arabic.

When To Go

The best time to go to Lebanon is spring and autumn.

Airports

Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport

Passport Validity

Passport must be valid at time of entry for three months beyond arrival date.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

Yes

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccine for all travelers when visiting Lebanon: Measles and routine vaccinations. Most travelers should receive the Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines. Some travelers should receive the Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccines.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: types C, D and G. Standard voltage: 230V. Frequency: 50Hz.

Currency

Lebanese Pound

Getting Around

Road conditions differ significantly from those in the United States. Beirut streets and highways are known to be heavily congested. Lanes are generally unmarked and driving is aggressive. Roads outside the capital may be poorly lighted.

There is no adequate public transportation in Lebanon. Private, unmetered taxis and shared cabs are available.

Driver’s License

A valid US driver’s license and international driving permit are required.

US Embassy Info

U.S. Embassy Beirut
Awkar (facing the Awkar Municipality Building), Main Street
Beirut, Lebanon
Telephone: +(961) 4-542600 or +(961) 4-543600
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(961) 4-543600
Fax: +(961) 4-544209
BeirutACS@state.gov

Local Visitor Info

Tourist Information Office
cnr Rue Banque du Liban & Rue de Rome
Hamra
Tel: 01 343 073
http://www.mot.gov.lb/

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

Police: 112
Red Cross: 140
Fire: 175
General Security: 1717

Safety and Security

Reconsider or avoid travel to certain areas of Lebanon, especially near the country’s borders with Syria and Israel.

The crime rate is moderate, but rising in Lebanon. Violent crime is rare. Petty theft, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs in crowded public areas.

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