Frequently Asked Questions
IS LEBANON SAFE?
Lebanon turbulent history has created a strong desire for peace and security. After the departure of all foreign presence from the country, our government has been keen on ensuring safety and stability. Many foreigners feel that Lebanon is safer than most metropolitan cities in Europe and America. The crime rate is definitely lower in the country than elsewhere in the world, although common-sense precautions are advisable.
DO I NEED A VISA TO VISIT LEBANON?
With valid passports, all travelers from almost any European country, North America and parts of Asia and South America can get a 15-day visa at the airport. Note that passports must be valid for six months at least. (Travelers holding passports that contain visas or Entry/exit stamps for Israel are likely to be refused entry into Lebanon.
WHAT LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN IN LEBANON?
The national tongue is Arabic. Almost everyone speaks some English and/or French, particularly in the major cities. Due to a large part of the population having lived abroad during one time or another, visitors will be surprised to be addressed in Spanish, German or Italian every now and then. Tourists will find no problems communicating, and may establishments provide signs, menus and information in English.
WHAT IS THE TIME DIFFERENCE IN LEBANON?
Lebanon is +2 hours from GMT (The same as Athens and Helsinki). This means it is only one to two hours ahead of Europe, making any time difference virtually unnoticeable and allowing you to still feel energetic a little later than usual.
WHAT ARE THE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS?
Due to its colorful, multi-denominational population, Lebanon has numerous public holidays that reflect its robust variety of people. Banks, government offices, and schools are closed on holidays, yet many shops and restaurants are open for business.
Holidays with Fixed Dates:
- New Year's Day January 1
- Christmas (Armenian-Orthodox) January 6
- St. Maroun's Day February 9
- Labor Day May 1
- Martyrs' Day May 6
- Resistance and Liberation Day May 25
- Ascension Day August 15
- All Saints' Day November 1
- Independence Day November 22
- Christmas December 25