who wishes to visit Lebanon must have a valid passport and a
Visas are issued by Lebanese diplomatic missions abroad.
ordinary personal effects are exempt from customs duty. tourists are
allowed two bottles of alcoholic beverages for personal use and 500
grams of tobacco (400 cigarettes or 20 Cigars).
GMT +2 hours in winter and +3 hours in summer.
currency and Banking:
of currency into and out of the country and all exchange
transactions are completely free of any kind of control. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at any bank or at money exchangers found
in main business areas. The monetary unit is the Lebanese pound .
Banking is a major industry in Lebanon with strict banking secrecy
one of its important features . Currently 81 banks operate in the
country and transactions are performed efficiently and at low cost.
Visitors will find many credit
cards are readily accepted in larger establishments. Master Card ,
American Express , Diner's Club International and Visa International
are among those in common use . In addition, local credit cards such
as Investment Credit Card, Cashless Card and Link Card are accepted.
Lacking natural resources,
Lebanon capitalizes on the initiative of its people and its
geographical location. Its trading facilities, banking and financial
services as well as its free economy made Lebanon the region's
commercial center before the war. With peace established and
reconstruction underway Lebanon is again assuming its former
position as a business center. To help strengthen the economy,
authorities have initiated a new low income tax schedule to provide
investment incentive, increase disposable income and expand the tax
Lebanon is a democratic
republic with a parliamentary system of government. Its constitution
is based on the separation of powers with a president elected for a
single six-year term, a prime minister, 128 members of parliament
elected by universal adult suffrage for a four year term, and
independent judiciary system.
- Government offices: 8:00 am
- Banks: Open to public: on week days 8:00 am - 12:30pm
and on Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00pm
- Private offices 8:00 am - 5:00 pm ( Hours vary so it's best to
Lebanon enjoys an essentially
Mediterranean climate with mild, rainy winters and long warm
summers. It almost never rains between June and October and visitors
can count on 300 sunny days every year. In summer Lebanese like to
escape the heat and humidity of the coast by going to the mountains.
In winter, however , higher elevations can be cold and snowy.
Average annual rainfall is 893 mm in Beirut, mostly occurring in
Temperature in Beirut (Centigrade)
calls can be made from domestic telephone via Lebanon's own
satellite station. Private international lines and cellular phone
service are also used . There are more than 20,000 subscribers to
telex lines and Fax service is widely available. Many Internet
services providers offer e-mail communications in Lebanon.
or 220 volts . It's best to check.
the event of any difficulty or problem, visitors may contact the
tourist police at telephone (01) 343 209.
More Information about Tourism in Lebanon contact :
550 Central Bank Street
P.O.Box 11-344 Beirut , Lebanon
Tel: 961-1- 340940/4 Fax : 961-1- 343279
Telex: 20898 LE Cable TOULIBAN