Lebanon Travel Vaccines and Advice
An authentic crossroads of Eastern and Western influences, Lebanon is a dream destination. Beaches, snowy peaks, waterfalls, pine forests, ski resorts, luscious valleys, rivers, deserts and fertile plains culminate to form stunning landscapes. A trip to Lebanon equates to outdoor activities such as hiking, diving, climbing, skiing, surfing and kayaking. You will also be able to trace the footsteps of ancient civilizations in the form of archaeological sites, Islamic architecture and Roman remains. These can also be enjoyed during a visit to ancient cities such as Beirut, Byblos or Tripoli.
Recommended travel vaccinations for Lebanon
|Traveler’s diarrhea||Contaminated water/food|
|Hepatitis B||Contaminated body fluids|
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
Recommended Medication for Travelling to Lebanon
|Acetazolamide or Dexamethasone||Recommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness|
|Azithromycin or Suprax||Antibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea|
Current Weather in Lebanon
Medical Care in Lebanon
Good quality health care is easily accessible in Lebanon, particularly in Beirut and the surrounding area. The city is home to many well-equipped medical institutions such as the Executive Health and Travel Center at the American University Medical Center. Be aware that fees are expensive, especially in the event of hospitalization. A deposit is required from patients.
Although there are plenty of pharmacies in the center, be aware that counterfeit drugs are sometimes offered. It is best to take precautions and carry a medical kit or to use a more reliable pharmacy such as the Millennium pharmacy located at Antelia-Dbayeh Road.
In order to call for an ambulance, dial 140.
Is Lebanon Safe for Travel?
|Safety and Security||Descriptive|
|Demonstrations||Risk of violence; Frequently occur in Beirut|
|Road safety||Caution required; Fatal road accidents are frequent; Driving can be hazardous|
|Public transportation||Avoid public transportation|
|Kidnapping||Risk present near the border of Syria or in the Bekaa Valley|
|Southern suburbs of Beirut||AVOID ALL TRAVEL|
|North Lebanon||AVOID ALL TRAVEL|
|Border region with Syria||AVOID ALL TRAVEL|
|Northern Bekaa Valley||AVOID ALL TRAVEL|
|Palestinian refugee camps||AVOID ALL TRAVEL|
|South of the Litani river||AVOID ALL TRAVEL|
|Risk level||High degree of caution needed|
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Lebanon?
Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.
Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Lebanon. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure.
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Embassy of Canada to Lebanon information
When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:
- A legal problem
- A lost passport
- The need to report a crime
It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.
Canadian Embassy to Lebanon
First Floor, Coolrite Building,
43 Jal El Dib Highway (seaside), Beirut, Lebanon
Tel.: 961 (4) 726-700
Fax: 961 (4) 726-702
Email: [email protected]