Travel guide

At the crossroads of East and West.

In recent years, the country has regained its place on the tourist map. Struck off this privileged list in the 70s, Lebanon has long been forgotten, or approached with reluctance, even though it has witnessed a rich and mixed history, the cradle of today’s civilization. You’ll discover snow-capped peaks (symbolic on its flag), sometimes a more arid landscape in the plains, and architectural remains from the crossroads between the Romans and the Arab peoples. But the most important thing to remember about Lebanon is that it’s a land of hospitality, which you can enjoy sitting down with your family over a good mezze or a cup of tea.

Time difference



Lebanese Pound


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning / Good evening = Sabah el kher / Masa el kher
  • How are you? = Kifak
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Ktir mnih, kifak enta?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Btehki faranci / inglizi
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = befham / ma befham
  • Sorry = afwan
  • Goodbye = ila el likaa
  • Welcome = ahla w sahla
  • Thank you very much = shukran
  • Excuse me/Please = aan eznak
  • I am French = ana men fransa
  • My name is… = esmi
  • No thanks = laa shukran
  • Yes/No = eh / laa
  • You’re welcome / Please = teslam

Key figures

Area: 10 452 km²

6.082 million inhabitants (2017)

Good to know


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • DTPolio
  • MMR for children
  • anti-tuberculosis
  • typhoid fever, meningitis, hepatitis A and B, rabies, depending on local conditions


Visas are compulsory for French nationals. A one-month renewable short-stay visa will be issued on arrival in the country on presentation of a passport with sufficient validity (at least six months after your date of entry).

No foreigner will be admitted to Lebanese territory unless he or she holds a passport bearing an entry or exit visa or stamp for Israel, or an airline ticket mentioning that country. The discovery in luggage of documents relating to a stay in Israel (plane ticket, luggage tags, documents written in Hebrew, etc.) can have the same effect. Neither the French Embassy in Lebanon nor the French Consulate General in Beirut will be able to oppose the refoulement of a French national in this case either.