Travel to Lebanon

Lebanon: currency, shopping

The national currency of Lebanon is the Lebanese pound (LBP) = 100 piasters.

Bank opening hours

  • Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Some banks are open until 5:00 p.m.


Shop opening times

Monday to Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. many shops are also open after the official closing time.

The official holiday is Sunday. However, many shops are open on Sundays and closed on Friday, the Islamic holiday.

In the Solitaire district, downtown Beirut, shops are open until well after midnight.

Beirut, which is now quite western, was known as the “Paris of the Middle East” in pre-war times. Hamra is West Beirut’s shopping street. Other shopping streets are Rashid Karamé Str., Achrafieh and Furn el-Shebbak. In the boutiques around the Place de l’Etoile you can find extravagant clothes and beautiful shoes, in the Basta Tahta district you will find antique and junk shops. Gold is best bought in the Armenian quarter of Bourij Hammoud.

Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs

Typical goods are handcrafted gold and silver as well as pottery and glassware, wooden goods with mother-of-pearl inlays, articles made of brass and copper.

Lebanese handicrafts can be found e.g. B. can also be bought well in state-run shops (L’Artisan du Liban on Rue Clemenceau near the Gefinor Center or La Maison de l’Artisan at the east end of the Corniche in Ain Mreisseh).

Lebanon: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

There is a visa requirement when entering the country. A passport or children’s ID and a return ticket are also required for entry. A certain period of validity of the travel documents is not compulsory, but a minimum validity of six months is recommended.

Citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and most of the EU countries can obtain the visa upon arrival at Beirut International Airport or at the Syrian-Lebanese border crossings.

Tourists whose passports have an Israeli stamp on them are generally refused entry, even if they are in possession of a visa.

The following is responsible for issuing visas in Germany:

Embassy of the Republic of Lebanon

Berliner Str. 127


Tel: 030-474 98 60

Fax: 030-474 87 858


Issuing of visas in Austria and Switzerland:

More on this at the end of the article

Import and export of foreign currency

  • Local currencyUS $ 5,000
  • Foreign currenciesUS $ 5000

Import and export of goods

A valid import or export license is required for weapons and ammunition. The export of antiques without an export permit is prohibited.

Lebanon: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings

International health and repatriation insurance is strongly recommended.

Infectious Diseases

In Lebanon, the following infectious diseases, which are not or less common in Germany and Central and Northern Europe, are to be expected:

  • Polio vaccination is recommended; regardless of the trip to Lebanon everyone should be vaccinated anyway.
  • Tetanus vaccination is recommended; regardless of the trip to Lebanon everyone should be vaccinated anyway.
  • Typhoid vaccination recommended for trips under insufficient hygienic conditions.
  • Diphtheria vaccination is recommended; regardless of the trip to Lebanon everyone should be vaccinated anyway.
  • Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended.
  • Gastrointestinal InfectionsDrinking water, undercooked food, ice cream, unpeeled fruits, and raw vegetables can cause gastrointestinal infections. To be on the safe side, you should use boiled water or bottled water to brush your teeth.
  • Lambliasisoccurs
  • Bacterial and amoebic dysenteryoccurs
  • Leishmaniasis – occurs. Protection is provided by long-sleeved clothing, mosquito repellants, mosquito nets, etc.
  • Rabies – occurs; Vaccination recommended for people who come into contact with potential vector animals, e.g. in the country, when hunting etc.
  • MalariaThere is no risk of malaria in Lebanon.

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons older than one year and coming from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against an illness with yellow fever.

Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?

Most children in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.

Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007.

There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory co-payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge:

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Pneumococci
  • Polyo (polio)
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • rabies
  • typhus

Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria prophylaxis.

As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.

Warning notices

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens’ Service

Phone: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000

Lebanon: Transportation

How do you get to Lebanon?

Air connections

Beirut International Airport is the only one in the country. It is 16 km outside the city and is served by most of the larger airlines, including Lufthansa and of course the national airline MEA (Middle East Airlines). The flight time from Frankfurt, for example, is just under four hours. Duty free shops and the bank at Beirut Airport are open around the clock.

An airport tax is due upon departure, the amount of which depends on the flight class booked.

Ferry connections

The largest ports are Beirut, Tripoli, Jounieh, Sidon and Tire. The ferry traffic has been rather irregular since the war. From Cyprus z. B. Louis Cruises ships go to Beirut; the journey takes twelve hours. So-called mini-cruises are offered at irregular intervals, currently for example 6 days in Lebanon with visits to Beirut, Tire, Tripoli, Zahle, Beiteddine, Zederntal, Amjar, Baalbek and Byblos for 450 Cyprus pounds (

With the car

If you want to travel by car, the best way to travel is through Turkey and Syria. Entry with diesel vehicles is not permitted. An international driver’s license, vehicle registration document and proof of liability insurance valid for Lebanon must be carried with you. As a rule, you get an import permit valid for three months for the vehicle, which can be extended by another three months.

By bus

From Damascus there are daily bus connections to Beirut (115 km, approx. 5 hours).

Travel in the country

Buses and Taxis

Bus transport between the cities is operated by private bus companies with modern air-conditioned coaches, the intercity buses, which are relatively inexpensive and reliable. In addition, collective taxis run at fixed prices within the cities and from city to city. For journeys with normal taxis, which are many times more expensive, the price should be negotiated in advance.

Railway Railway

traffic has been shut down since the war.


The road network is well developed, the roads are mostly paved; there is right-hand traffic. The traffic in Lebanon, especially in Beirut, can safely be described as chaotic, especially, but not only, during rush hour.

Rental car

Rental cars are available from many of the popular and also from small private companies, but considering the anarchistic traffic situation, it is recommended to rent rental cars with a driver.

On foot

As a Central European tourist in Lebanese cities, and especially in Beirut, as a pedestrian you have the feeling that your life is permanently in danger. For Lebanese drivers, pedestrians seem to be annoying obstacles that are only taken into consideration if necessary; so caution is imperative. The constant honking of the horn is also not very pleasant, which you can only ignore after a long stay and with very good nerves and which unfortunately only diminishes slightly at night.

Traffic rules

Due to the very frequent checks, you should always carry your travel documents with you.

The maximum blood alcohol content is not stipulated by law, but in the event of an accident, the driver’s license will be withdrawn immediately if the influence of alcohol is detected.

The speed limit in built-up areas is officially 40 km/h, although nobody adheres to it.

Seat belts are compulsory and a fire extinguisher must be carried.

The road signs generally correspond to the European ones, but seem to be little noticed. Otherwise you don’t get the impression that there are traffic rules in the country. However, it is recommended that you obtain further detailed information from the ADAC or AvD before starting your journey.

International license plate

Lebanon’s international license plate is:


Lebanon: Diplomatic missions

Representations of Lebanon in Germany

The embassy of the Lebanese Republic is located in the Berlin-Pankow district on the busy “Berliner Straße” in the “Villa Garbáty”. The embassy building is well protected from the hustle and bustle of the street behind trees and bushes – approx. 50 m from the street A tram stop for the 50 tram is in the immediate vicinity. The Pankow S and U-Bahn (city rail) station is only a few 100 m away.

The villa was the residence of the later Berlin cigarette manufacturer Josef Garbáty, who emigrated from Belarus and who lived there until his death in 1939. After the Second World War, the villa became the residence of the Bulgarian ambassador to the GDR. After the fall of the Wall, the building stood empty for a long time until the entrepreneur Wolfgang Seifert acquired the villa. From 1999 to 2003 he rented the villa to the party “The Republicans”.

Embassy of the Lebanese Republic in Berlin

Berliner Str. 127

13187 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 474 98 60

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 474 87 858


Web: www.libanesische

Honorary Consulate of the Lebanese Republic in Frankfurt

Mainzer Landstrasse 268

60326 Frankfurt a. M.

Tel: 0049 – (0) 69 – 7 39 22 44

German representations in Lebanon

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Beirut

Maghzal Building near the Jesus and Mary High School, Rabieh

Beirut 11 07 21 10

Tel: 00 961 – 4 – 91 44 44


Web: http: // www.

Austrian representations in Lebanon

Austrian Embassy in Beirut

Tabaris 812 Bldg., 8 th floor, Avenue Charles Malek, Tabaris – Achrafieh

Beirut 2071-1606

Tel: 00961 – (0) 1 – 21 73 60

00961 – (0) 1 – 21 74 12

00961 – (0) 1 – 21 30 17

00 961 – (0) 1 – 21 74 91


Honorary Consulate in Saida

Saida, Eliya Place, Dandashli Bldg. 5th floor

Tel: 00961 – (0) 7 – 75 32 10

00961 – (0) 7 -75 32 11


Representations of Lebanon in Austria

Embassy of the Lebanese Republic in Vienna

Oppolzergasse 6/3

1010 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 533 88 21/-22


Swiss representations in Lebanon

Swiss Embassy in Beirut

Imm. Bourj Al-Ghazal

Avenue Fouad Chéhab

Achrafié, Beirut

Tel: 00961 – 1 – 324 129



Representations of Lebanon in Switzerland

Embassy of the Lebanese Republic in Muri

Thunstrasse 10

3074 Muri bei Bern

Tel: 0041 – (0) 31 – 950 65 65

Fax: 0041 – (0) 31 – 950 65 66


Travel to Lebanon