Visa and entry requirements Lebanon:
Passport required
Germans are subject to a visa requirement when entering Lebanon.
The visa can be obtained from the Lebanese diplomatic missions abroad or upon entry at Beirut Airport.
Visa costs: 35 USD

Information from the Foreign Office about your trip to Lebanon:

Lebanon is a country in the Middle East with around 6.5 million inhabitants. The country borders Israel to the south, Syria to the east and north and the Mediterranean to the west.

The official language of Lebanon is Arabic and the local currency is the Lebanese pound, with 1 euro equaling approximately 1,700 LBP. The pound is linked to the US dollar, which can also be partially used as a means of payment in the country.

The ten largest cities in Lebanon include Beirut, Tripoli, Sidon, Zahle, Tyre, Baalbek, Jounieh, Nabatea, Byblos and Baabda.

The Lebanon Mountains run through the country from north to south, with some of its peaks reaching heights of up to 3,000 meters. The mountains, which are mostly snow-covered in winter, are home to some excellent ski areas.

In addition to the approximately 200 kilometer long coastal strip, the country also consists of the fertile Bekaa Valley.

The population of Lebanon consists of almost 62% Muslims, 30% Christians and 8% Druze.

Lebanon's most important export goods are food, jewelry, machinery, metal goods, chemical products, electrical appliances and paper.

In addition to its wine, Lebanon is also world-famous for its special cuisine. The most famous dishes include hummus - a chickpea porridge, taboule - a special parsley salad or kibbeh - dumplings filled with minced meat.

The capital of Lebanon is Beirut with around 2.5 million inhabitants. Beirut, located directly on the Mediterranean, is the cultural and economic center of the country.

People from a total of 12 different faiths live in Beirut, making it the most multicultural city in the entire Middle East.

The most important sights in Beirut include the Bay Rock, or also called Pigeon Rock - the landmark of Beirut, the Star Square, the Al-Omari Mosque, the St. Nicholas Steps, the National Museum, the St. George Cathedral, the American University , the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, the 5-kilometer-long seafront promenade, the Old Town of Hamra, the Amir Assaf Mosque, the Episcopal Church of Saint Louis, the Church of St. Elias and St. Gregory, the Parliament Building and the Clock Tower.

I have visited Lebanon twice so far, in 2009 to ski in the mountains of Mzaar and in October 2018, immediately before my trip to Syria.

The ski area in Mzaar is relatively snow-sure in winter and is a good alternative for ski fans in the Arabian region. However, due to the strongly fluctuating temperatures, the piste conditions were different every day. However, if you are hoping for parties in the immediate vicinity of the ski area, such as in Austria, you will wait in vain because most skiers go home to the city of Beirut in the evening.

During my second stay in Beirut in autumn 2018, I took a closer look at the city. Since Beirut is located on a large bay, the cityscape looks quite spectacular, with the Pigeon Rock as the absolute highlight.

Unfortunately, due to the years of civil war in the country, significant damage to buildings and the city's entire infrastructure is still visible. What was also very noticeable to me was that all the roadsides were really full of rubbish, which even got worse outside the city center.

My dear Lebanese friends, I'm really very sorry to say this, but I have never seen so much rubbish and rubbish lying around in any other Arab country.

In the southern, mostly Shiite-inhabited district of Beirut, my driver and I were stopped by a motorcycle that suddenly appeared, with the express recommendation to stop taking photos immediately.

After this unexpected incident and the three-hour city tour almost over, we started a little earlier towards the eastern mountains, with the destination Syria.

Lebanon is guaranteed to be a very beautiful travel destination with many scenic attractions, but the current political situation does not exactly invite you to stay for a longer period of time.