Travel advice for Lebanon.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Lebanon.

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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Banknotes

in local currency

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

Lebanese pound LBP

Currency exchange rate

LBP 100 = ~ CHF 0.08 ; CHF 1 = ~ LBP 1’333.33 (07/2020)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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Practical Information:

Time difference with Switzerland

+ 1h

National language

Official language

Arabic

Language capabilities

English and French

Capital

Beirut

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

220 volt / adapter recommended

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 3 months or more after end of stay with visa and return or onward travel ticket for stays up to 3 months.
Tourist visas are issued with arrival at the airport Beirut or at the border crossings (except at the border with Israel).
But it is recommended to procure the visa in advance. Passports with Israeli visa (entry stamp) may cause considerable difficulty or denied entry.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Beirut, Imm. Bourj Al-Ghazal, Avenue Fouad Chéhab, Achrafié
Tel. +961 1 324 129

Opening hours

Banks

8.00 - 12.30 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.00 h (Sat)

Stores

8.00 - 19.00 h (Mon - Sat)

Driving
  • International driver's license required.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).

Other information

Security

  • Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.

  • Terrorist attacks and suicide bombings may occur anywhere in the country.

  • Travelers should pay close attention to their personal security.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

Special legal regulations

  • Photographing persons wearing an uniform, military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

  • Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Cultural characteristics

Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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