If you travel under Romanian or Moldavian passport, you can enter in Lebanon for tourism on a 30 days free visa-on-arrival. The site of MAE will tell you different and force you to make useless trips to Lebanese Embassy. Check the website of Lebanese Frontier Police.
Like many other places, you have to watch out from thieves. While walking make sure you are holding your bags carefully.
Most of robberies happen on the road while walking or in the car with wide open windows. Most of thieves use the scooters.
If you ever think about driving in Lebanon you have to be a pro in reading others' minds. You have to expect what other drivers might do. We have lots of driving rules but it is not mandatory :D
My advice: do not drive in Lebanon unless you visited it several times and you have an idea about our driving concept.
Current Lebanon situation
The airport is still closed.
Things are not good, 26 people got killed in fighting yesterday alone.
No-one can predict whether things will have calmed down by June or whether this country will be in all out civil war by then. So you'll jist have to wait and see - and do err on the side of caution : In peaceful times Lebanon is a great country to visit, but you don't want to get stuck in a civil war zone.
depending what religion you are !
well depending what religion you are as far as staying in Beriut,where Isreal Bombed in the summer of 2006 was the muslin area,and more toward the northern part of the city is the christen area so take it from there
I didn't have any difficulties to enter Lebanon. It was very easy both at the airport in Beirut and at the Syrian border (Masnaa).
But I met a Polish woman travelling with her boyfriend (Adam and Ewa) in Syria and Jordan (in 2002). They were going to Lebanon for a couple of days but she couldn't enter. Ewa was told the reason was that she was under 30 years and not married. Adam got the visa and visited Lebanon alone while Ewa had to return to Damascus . Maybe she was just unlucky!
If you've come here just for the women (and they are very beautiful) then good luck but you'll please don't email me asking me where to go to find them or what to do whilst you're there... especially if you email me under the guise that you're actually interested in the rest of the country and it's culture... if you are only looking for lebanese girls then you're missing out on everything else the country has to offer!
men hitting women
Normally here in the west (USA) if a man strikes his woman in public others will stop it. In Beiruit it is different. I saw this going on at a pool resort and my Lebenese friend and I were very unhappy and converged in the direction of this wife beater guy. The sister of my friend stopped us and warned us not to do so. When we asked why, she said that if we got inbetween the struggle, the police would get involved and the girlfriend or wife of the wife beater would not take our side when saying that he hit her. She would actually say we beat her up. I know its shocking. Different strokes for different folks I guess. I don't like it any more then you do.
Bombs and terrorists
Be careful around Beirut as everyone in lebanon is a terrorist or is at least related to one....
WAKE UP!! the middle east is nothing like you see on the news, it's not a complete war zone where people are behind us 50 years, it's one of the best places in the world. If you are here expecting desert, camels, bandits and strict muslim countries then you will be sadly dissapointed...
As i've already said in my Tripoli tips that one thing that is both good and bad about lebanon is the distinct lack of Red Tape at historical sites etc. It's good because you can get unspoiled photographs and you can climb on the ruins etc... it's bad if you have kids because safety features are not exactly standard here.
eg i was standing on the wall at tripoli castle but could have easily fallen off as there was no barrier.
This is not a complaint however this kind of freedom is something i would love to see in the uk, but please be careful
Checkpoints and millitary areas
goes without saying really but don't take any pictures of a checkpoint or a millitary training area or you will be arrested and probably beaten to a pulp... ok i'm exaggerating there but it won't be taken lightlyRelated to:
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Military Check Points...
You might encounter some military check-points especially in the south of Lebanon.
Just act cool I guess & if you are on a public transport, it's just a wave to the driver by the police & you won't even realise that you pass through any check point !
You will also encounter some military check-points to The Cedars in the north of Lebanon...Related to:
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The Visa Thing !
If you want to go to another country after Lebanon, please make sure that the visa to that new country is secured from your side.
This is important as the public transport which will take you to the next country might not let you in, in their vehicle but instead asking you to take a taxi !
This happened to me in Tripoli, in the north of Lebanon where the bus wouldn't take me because I said I didn't have a visa for Syria !
I really DO NOT need a visa to enter Syria !
So, after I showed a letter from The Syrian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, they just smiled & sold me the bus ticket !READ ABOUT IT HERE...Related to:
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The Driving !
Oh Dear ! The driving here is crazy !
There were a few times when I thought the vehicles that I was in would involved in an accident ! That's bad isn't it ? Yes it is !
Nevertheless, it's wise not to hire your own vehicle but instead getting somebody to drive for you !
No matter how hard we feel about the driving, at least they are err, good at it ! Can't believe I said that !Related to:
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Beit ed-Dine Festival
An international music and arts festival is staged at Beit ed-Dine in summer every year. This year (2005) the centrepiece will be the hit musical "Mama Mia", other acts are still to be announced. The whole palace complex is given over to the Festival and the courtyards are filled with tiered seating - great for the Festival but it does rather spoil the camera angles.
They start setting the seating up in the weeks before the Festival and sections of the palace will be closed as exhibitions are being mounted so you might want to check this before you make the trip up the mountain.Related to:
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