What should I do in case of emergency?

Here are some useful numbers for emergency cases:

-Tourist Police: 1735

-Lebanese Red Cross: 140

-Civil Defense: 125

-General Security: 1717

-Beirut Rafic Hariri Airport: 150

Where is smoking prohibited?

In all enclosed public places, including hospitality sectors:

Airport buildings, hospitals, cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, hotels, Taxis, buses, Malls, shopping areas, supermarkets, offices, schools, universities…

Where can I find the embassy or consulate of my country in Lebanon?

Check the website of the Ministry of External Affairs:

www.emigrants.gov.lb or: www.foreign.gov.lb

Phone: 00961 1 333100  or: 00961 1 333099

Or call the Tourist Information Office: 0091 1 343 073

What are the national public holidays in Lebanon?

Holidays with fixed dates:

-January 1: New year’s Day

-January 6: Christmas (Armenian Orthodox)

-February 9: St. Maron’s Day

-March 25: Annunciation

-May 1: Labor Day

-August 15: Assumption Day

-November 22: Independence Day           

-December 25: Christmas

Religious Holidays with moveable dates:  

-Catholic Good Friday

-Orthodox Good Friday

-Catholic Easter

-Orthodox Easter

-Hegira New Year




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What religions are practiced in Lebanon?

Lebanon hosts 18 “official” religious groups, including 5 Muslim groups, the most important are Sunnis, Shiites and Druze; 11 Christian denominations, representing the 3 main branches of Christianity: Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant; but the main Christian group is Maronite. 

What languages are spoken in Lebanon?

Arabic is the official language. A distinction should be made between spoken Arabic (the Lebanese), and written Arabic which is common to all Arab countries. French and English are spoken by a big number of Lebanese; also Armenian is spoken by a group of Lebanese.

What is the weather like in Lebanon?

Lebanon enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with an average of 300 sunny days a year. July and August are often hot and humid with temperatures of about 30° Celsius. It almost never rains between June and September. Winters are generally cool with heavy rain on the coast and snow in mountains.

what is the currency in Lebanon?

The currency in Lebanon is the Lebanese Lira, but U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere, and Euros are accepted mainly in touristic places.

Where can I exchange foreign currency?
In exchange offices which are spread in main streets everywhere in Lebanon and at the airport.
How much money do I need for my stay?

Lebanon is a great value destination. Although Lebanon’s best restaurants and hotels are comparable in price to Europe and North America but you can still live very well for 100$ a day staying in dorms in hostels and living on Shawarma.

Is tipping mandatory?

Tipping isn’t really mandatory, but to be expected indeed as for 10% minimum at what the client wishes to offer.

Can I request reimbursement of VAT?

You can simply ask for the VAT application in all the shops that have a VAT agreement, in order to reimburse it at the airport, for a 100 us dollars of a minimum amount.

How do I call to and from Lebanon?

-All you have to do is dial the country code which is (+961)

-Then the area code which could be a cell phone ( 03 – 70 – 71 – 76 ) or a regular land line for all districts :

  • 01 – Beirut
  • 04 - Metn
  • 05 – Mount Lebanon
  • 06 – North
  • 07 – South
  • 08 – Beqaa
  • 09 – Kesrwan

Accompanied by 6 digital numbers at the end

Ex + 961- 1 – 343283 (Landline)

     + 961- 3- 343283 (Mobile)

How can I go online and check my e-mails?

You can go online and check your e-mails from the hotel where you are staying, or simply ask for the net password in any restaurant, café shop or could be a pub ( that if you have your laptop or phone ) otherwise just ask for any near internet café.

How is hunting regulated in Lebanon?

Hunting is prohibited in Lebanon, but the government is trying to make an agreement that allows you to hunt from September till February.

What should I know about outdoor activities (hiking, biking, skiing etc.…)?

At Lebanon there are many sports and health clubs where you can play golf, tennis or squash, swim or practice team sports.

Fitness training is very popular and hotels and clubs usually allow foreigners to access their facilities.

Thanks to Lebanon’s varied geography, opportunities for outdoor activities abound. It takes a little more than an hour to reach the snow covered mountains for the best skiing.

For an unusual sports combination, try skiing in the morning then spending the afternoon swimming on the coast. Water sports of all kinds are available most of the year along the shore. Scuba diving is popular too, and there are lots of diving clubs.

If you want even more adventure, there are clubs that can take you paragliding at the Cedars, or paddling down the Awwali River in a Cuneo or Kayak, or explore deep caves.

Organized trekking, hiking or rock climbing is a wonderful way to experience Lebanon’s natural beauty.

Is it possible to travel to Lebanon by car? What documentation is required?

Indeed it is possible to travel to Lebanon by car, but only by entering through the Lebanese Syrian borders. For more info about the required documentation will be given by the general security.

+961 – 8 – 620016

Where can I find a hotel or bungalow in the Touristic cities and villages in Lebanon?

You can easily check the website online

www.booking.com           www.beiruthotels.com

Or upon arrival pass by our office at the airport any kind of touristic information, or the main office in Hamra, central bank Street.

Lebanese time is G.M.T. +2 hours in winter (October to March) and +3 hours in summer (April to September)
While Arabic is Lebanon's official language, English and French are widely spoken.
All foreigners must have a valid passport and visa to enter Lebanon.
The official Lebanese currency is the Lebanese pound or lira (LL).
All personal belongings are exempt from ordinary customs duties.
Lebanon is a developed country with relatively good health facilities.
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