LEBANON TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

Lebanon, situated on the eastern Mediterranean coast, boasts of sea and snow, an unusual combination for any country its size. Its people and society are also a unique blend of tradition and sophistication, Christian and Muslim cultures. Shell-shocked Beirut, its capital city, has recovered from the ravages of 17 years of civil war and is now known as the party city. Lebanon is populated by very open and educated people, especially in places like Beirut, Mount Lebanon and some of the larger cities. Attitudes and behaviour tend to be more conservative in the Bekaa Valley and rural north and south.

 

Lebanon and Beirut were once called the Switzerland and Paris of the Middle East. The recent wars have diminished this status, but the Lebanese have learned to adapt. Their pursuit of happiness and fun overshadows their financial capabilities and political problems.

 

Lebanon is indeed a country with a long and rich history. Phoenician, Egyptian, Greek, Persian, Roman, Arab, Crusader, and Ottoman ruins are scattered about the country and the most important of them are easily accessible. Byblos, Beirut, Tyre and Sidon are among the oldest continuously populated cities in the world. There are Roman baths in Beirut, as well as the Cardio Maximus - to name a few.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Lebanon has reopened its airports with limited capacity.People traveling to Lebanon will be required to comply with testing and self-isolation measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Check with the airline and Lebanese embassy before booking.Travelers 12 and over who are arriving from countries with PCR testing capability will be required to take a PCR test within 96 hours prior to travel and take another test on arrival. Certain airlines are covering the cost of this test whilst others may not. Travelers will have to self-quarantine while awaiting the results of this test (24-48 hours), and if both tests are negative, no further self-isolation will be required.Travelers 12 and over who are arriving from countries without PCR test capability will be required to have a test on arrival. The test costs USD $100 and is covered by some airlines. Travelers will be required to self-isolate, and must take a second PCR test 72 hours after arrival at their own expense. If both tests are negative, no further self-isolation will be required.Travelers who test positive will have to self-isolate and follow Ministry of Health guidelines.Travelers who left Lebanon for a period not exceeding one week will be exempt from PCR testing on their return.Travelers are required to complete a health declaration form before departure, and must have insurance for their whole stay in Lebanon, which will cover in full the costs of medical treatment in case they test positive for coronavirus.Special restrictions apply to non-Syrian nationals who are transiting through Lebanon on the way to Syria:Travelers transiting through Beirut (BEY) to Syria must have pre-approval from the Syrian Authorities. Those over the age of 12 must also have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 96 hours before departure. Travelers with a Travel Document for Palestinian Refugees issued by Syria are exempt from this requirement.

 

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  • Capital: Beirut
  • Currency: Lebanese pound (LBP) (Also called Lira - lērä - [LL]) / (US dollars widely accepted)
  • Area: 10,452 km²
  • Population: 6,849 million (2018)
  • Language: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian
  • Electricity: 110-220V/50Hz (European and UK plugs)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 1 January, New Year
  • 6 January, Christmas (Armenian community only)
  • 7 January, Christmas (Eastern Orthodox only)
  • 9 February, St. Maroon’s Day
  • 1 May, Labour Day
  • 6 May, Martyrs’ Day
  • 25 May, Liberation of the South
  • 15 August, Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • 1 November, All Saints Day
  • 22 November, Independence Day

Business openings and work schedules may be significantly affected by Christian, Eastern Orthodox Christian, and Islamic holidays and festivals.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate characterised by long, hot summers and short, cool winters. Lebanon receives 80 to 90 days of rain per year, mainly in the winter. Coastal areas experience an average temperature of 20°C that ranges from 13°C in the winter to 27°C in the summer. Cold north winter winds from Europe bring cool, wet conditions to northern Lebanon, while hot Khamsin winds bring warmer temperatures during fall and spring.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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