- Travellers can bring in up to 800 cigarettes, 2L of spirits or 4L of beer/wine.
- Removal of archaeological items from Lebanon is strictly prohibited.
- See www.customs.gov.lb for full details of import and export restrictions.
Free one-month single-entry tourist visas renewable for three months are available at Rafic Hariri International Airport for citizens of many countries.
Free one-month single-entry tourist visas can be obtained on arrival by citizens of countries including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the USA. A paid visa-on-arrival system was in place for some other countries. For the most up-to-date information, visit the website of Lebanon’s General Security Office (www.general-security.gov.lb/en).
To extend your one-month visa to a three-month visa, go to the General Directorate of General Security in Beirut a few days before your first month ends; you'll find the office across the road from the National Museum – head to the 2nd floor. Take your passport, two passport photos, and two photocopies of your passport ID page and the page where your entry visa was stamped. Once your application is processed, you'll be given a receipt and told to return in seven days to collect your passport with its extended visa.
Practical Tip: Israeli Passport Stamps
Lebanon denies entry to all travellers with evidence of a visit to Israel in their passport. If asked at a border crossing or at the airport if you’ve ever been to Israel, bear in mind that saying ‘yes’ (if you have) will mean you won’t be allowed into the country.