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Entry requirements and travel warning

Current

According to a decision by the Lebanese security authorities, the Lebanese embassy is currently not accepting any visa applications for the time being.

In order to contain the spread of the respiratory disease COVID-19, an entry ban for travelers from Germany has been imposed. Entries from France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, South Korea, Iran, China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are also not possible.
Leaving Lebanon to Germany by air was basically still possible up to and including Wednesday, March 18, 2020, but many direct flight connections have been suspended or canceled. All entries to Lebanon are suspended with effect from March 19, 2020, and Beirut Airport was closed from March 18, 2020 to July 1, 2020. It was not easy for German citizens to leave the country by land or sea. Entry into the country is possible from July 1st, 2020 if certain conditions are met.

German citizens need a passport to enter Lebanon. This must be valid for at least six months. Children need their own travel documents. An entry visa can be obtained from the Lebanese embassy or upon entry at Beirut airport. The passport cannot contain an Israeli stamp.

Demonstrations, strikes and road blockades have been organized in Lebanon since October 17, 2019. This interrupts important traffic connections. Banks and hospitals are also on strike. The German embassy can be reached in the Beirut Maghzal Building near the Jesus and Mary High School, Rabieh about 15 km north of the city center. When entering the country to take up employment in Lebanon, the visa must be issued by the relevant Lebanese diplomatic mission abroad before the trip. Travelers who have previously been in Israel will be rejected at the border. Travelers to Lebanon are advised to exercise particular caution and increased vigilance. Media coverage as well as this travel and safety advice should be followed carefully.

We strongly warn against traveling

  • in northern Lebanon (city and district of Tripoli, districts of Akkar and northern Leban / Ech-Chimal. In particular, in the districts of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh in Tripoli there is a particular risk of armed conflict.
  • the Bekaa plain north of Baalbek.
  • to the Palestinian refugee camps Nahr al-Bared and Beddawi near Tripoli; to the refugee camps Ain al-Helweh and Mieh Mieh near Sidon.
  • We strongly advise against traveling to the rest of the Bekaa plain including the tourist sites of Baalbek; to the areas south of the Litani (with the exception of the city of Tire) including the border area with Israel; to the southern suburbs of Beirut (so-called Dahiye).

Housing and supply

Both in the capital, Beirut, and in other large cities in the country, the housing and supply situation is similar to that in other western countries. The supply of food and all everyday necessities is very good in Lebanon. Groceries can be found both at local grocers, which can be found in every street, or in one of the large supermarkets that can be found in Beirut. The supermarkets are usually very extensively sorted.

Beirut is an expensive city. The housing market is slightly tense, but it is not impossible to find the right apartment. Here, however, you shouldn't make hasty decisions and if possible have a local person of trust with you when viewing the apartment or signing the contract. Some landlords require a full annual rent in advance. Housing offers can be found on the following internet portals, among others:

Power outages and difficulties with the water supply are commonplace in Lebanon, so when looking for an apartment you should make sure that a third party provider is organized.

Money and money transfer

Foreign and national currencies can be imported and exported in unlimited amounts. An export permit is required to export antiques.

In addition to the Lebanese pound, the US dollar is a common second currency. The supply of cash is not a problem in Beirut or in the larger cities, there are many ATMs available and can be reached 24/7. Both EC cards and major credit cards are accepted at the ATMs. Most Lebanese banks work between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Only a few banks have customer traffic until 4 p.m.

The Lebanese National Bank provides an overview of the commonly accepted banknotes.

Public transport

Unfortunately, the public transport network in Lebanon is not particularly well developed. Rail transport does not exist. There are both private and urban buses in Beirut. In the buses you have to pay when boarding or during the journey.

When using taxis, it is advisable to negotiate the price in advance:

  • Service taxi: The driver can take up to five people in the same direction on relatively fixed routes.
  • taxi: You pay the previously negotiated amount for exclusive transportation.

security

Since the assassination of Hariri, Lebanon has been unstable in terms of security policy. This instability was exacerbated by the Syrian conflict. There is a risk of terrorist acts across the country. Since May 2013, rockets and car bombs have repeatedly claimed deaths and injuries in the southern suburbs of Beirut. There have been repeated attacks on religious and political figures, which have also claimed uninvolved victims. There are isolated cases of kidnappings. The lack of political stability and the ongoing violence in Syria heighten fears that Lebanon could be drawn into the Syrian war. The first signs of this are the two suicide bombings in front of the Iranian embassy.

It is advisable to follow the safety instructions from the Federal Foreign Office and to keep an eye on the local news. Local people should also be involved in planning trips outside the city of Beirut. During your stay, it makes sense to register on the crisis prevention list of the German embassy in Lebanon.

Stay healthy

Health care is well established in Lebanon. On site, especially in Beirut, you will find well-trained specialists and hospitals equipped according to Western standards. All important medicines can be found in Lebanese pharmacies. Care should be taken here to ensure that the drugs are not counterfeit or that the drug has not expired. Medical care is very expensive in Lebanon, so it is advisable to have health insurance and adequate vaccination coverage.

The water quality is not particularly good in the entire country. Tap water should be boiled. Drinking water should better be bought in bottles. Here it is advisable to consume well-known brands and not to use the much cheaper canister filling stations. Be especially careful with raw foods! Infections and diarrhea are a threat here.

The Federal Foreign Office recommends, among other things, that the standard vaccinations according to the current vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute for children and adults be checked and completed on the occasion of a trip. For adults, this includes vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and polio (polio), mumps, measles, rubella (MMR), pneumococci and influenza.
Hepatitis A is recommended as travel vaccinations, and hepatitis B and rabies for long-term stays or special exposure.

Holidays (2020)

25 Dec Wednesday Christmas (2019) national holiday
Jan 1st Wednesday New Year national holiday
7th Jan Tuesday Orthodox Christmas National holiday, Orthodox
Feb 9th Sunday Feast of St. Marron National holiday
Feb 14 Friday Memorial Day attack on Rafik Hariri national holiday
9th Mar Monday Teachers Day Festival
Mar 21, Saturday, Mother's Day, feast day
25 Mar Wednesday Annunciation National holiday
29 Mar Sunday Start of daylight saving time changeover
Apr 10 Friday Good Friday National holiday
Apr 12 Sunday Easter Sunday Regional holiday
Apr 13 Monday Easter Monday National holiday
Apr 17 Friday Orthodox Good Friday feast day, Orthodox
19 Apr Sunday Orthodox Easter Sunday feast day, Orthodox
May 1st Friday Labor Day national holiday
Wednesday May 6th, National Day of Martyrs
May 21, Thursday Ascension feast day
May 24th Sunday Eid al-Fitr national holiday
May 25th Monday Eid ul Fitr national holiday
May 25th Monday Liberation and Resistance Day national holiday
Jul 31 Friday Eid al-Adha national holiday
Aug 1, Saturday, Eid al-Adha National Holiday
15th Aug Saturday of the Assumption national holiday
20th Aug Thursday. Muharram / Islam. New Year national holiday
29 Aug Saturday Ashura (1st day) National holiday
Sep 8, Tuesday, feast day of the birth of Mary
Oct 25th Sunday end of daylight saving time changeover
Oct 29th Thursday Mawlid an-Nabi national holiday
Nov 1, Sunday, All Saints' Day
Nov 22nd Sunday Independence Day national holiday
25th Dec Friday Christmas National Holiday

Telecommunication, internet

The telecommunications system in Lebanon is relatively stable. Although landline phones are widely available, cell phones, especially prepaid offers, are widespread in Lebanon. The network is not designed for a number of users of three million, which means that the networks regularly collapse. The two providers of the cellular network are mtc-touch and Alfa. In the city of Beirut, the internet infrastructure is good to very good. The two mobile phone providers have good offers on the market.

Lebanpost is the largest mail carrier in the country, but there is no functioning mail delivery system for letters and parcels to private addresses in Lebanon. Mainly company addresses and mailboxes are served. In addition, DHL-Lebanon is very active.

Useful addresses

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Mailing address

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

B.P. 55-464 Sin-el-Fil

Lebanon

from May 16, 2017

Regent Park Tower (Behind Freeway Center)

Barbar Abou Jawdeh Street

Decaneh 2703

Metn, Lebanon

Phone: 01 504 600

Fax: 01 504 601

 

Embassy of Lebanon

Berliner Str. 127

13187 Berlin - Pankow

Email: [email protected]

Fax: +49 (0) 30/47 48 78 58

Tel: +49 (0) 30/47 49 86-0

 

GIZ office in Lebanon

Office contact

GIZ office in Lebanon

Country Director

Elisabeth Girrbach

[email protected]

Office address

GIZ office in Lebanon

Royal Tower Building 40, 9th floor Nicolas El-Turk, Street 50,

Medawar / Beirut

+961 (0)1 587 701

+961 (0)1 565 193

[email protected]

 

Mailing address

GIZ Office Beirut, Royal Tower Building 40, 9th floor Nicolas El-Turk, Street 50

Medawar / Beirut

Lebanon

 

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Office Beirut

Rue Monot, Achrafieh

P.O.Box: 11-6107 - Riad El Solh

Beirut, Lebanon

Tel / Fax: +961 (1) 320080

 

Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Lebanon office

23 Benoît Barakat Street

Jabre building, 5th floor

Badaro - Beirut

Lebanon

Tel. +961 (0) 1 388 095/6

Fax +961 (0) 1 388 097

[email protected]

 

Heinrich Böll Foundation / Heinrich Böll Foundation

Regional Office Middle East

266 Rue Gouraud, Gemmayzeh, Beirut

Portal Address: 175 510, Mar Mikhael, Beirut

Tel .: + 961-1-562926

Fax.:+961-1-562978

Email: info (a) lb.boell.org

 

Orient Institute Beirut

Rue Hussein Beyhoum 44 (neighboring City International School)

Zokak el-Blat

POB 11-2988

Beirut Lebanon

Tel: +961 (0) 1 359423-427

Fax: +961 (0) 1 359176

Email: [email protected]

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