All visitors to Lebanon are required to obtain a visa, including those from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Most travelers, including those from the aforementioned countries, are permitted to obtain a one-month tourist visa on arrival at Beirut International Airport. Citizens of Israel or travelers who have have an Israeli visa or passport stamp will be refused entry. All visitors need to be in possession of a passport which is valid for at least six months after departing.
Health and Safety
Healthcare in Lebanon is of a high standard and most doctors speak English or French, but medical treatment is expensive. Even in emergencies, hospitals require proof that the patient is able to foot the bill before treatment is granted. It is thus highly recommended that travelers take out travel or medical insurance prior to departure.
Tourists to the region should consider the following immunizations, especially those who are at higher risk like children and the elderly: hepatitis A and B, rabies, tetanus, and diphtheria. While the water in the large cities is safe to drink - as it has been chlorinated – many visitors find that the chlorination tends to cause an upset stomach. Water outside of the cities in the more remote areas should be avoided. In these places, be sure to sterilize all water for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice, or purchase bottled water.
While many tourist-related crimes such as pick pocketing and muggings are not present in the country, travelers should be aware of the political tension between Lebanon and Israel. These can lead to violent eruptions, which are generally restricted to the southern part of the country. As a result of the current violence in Syria, the Lebanese border is unstable. Travelers should avoid this area as Syrian soldiers frequently cross over into Lebanon. Keeping abreast of the local political situation while traveling is essential.