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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

September 10, 2015

Q: How do I get a new passport to leave Lebanon?
A: You must make an appointment to submit an application.  Please find all the instructions at https://lebanon.usembassy.gov/passports.html.  You will need to complete a form, bring in a new photo, and pay the appropriate fees.

Q: I want to leave Lebanon with my children, but they don’t have passports.  How do I get passports for them?

A: If you haven’t done so already and your children were born outside of the United States, you will need to obtain a Consular Report of Birth Abroad for your children to confirm they acquired U.S. citizenship at birth.  Please schedule an appointment at our website https://lebanon.usembassy.gov/birth_abroad.html, and carefully follow the instructions.  Both parents should accompany the child to the appointment if possible.  If your children were born in the United States, you will need to make an appointment to submit an application and follow the instructions at https://lebanon.usembassy.gov/passports.html

Q: I am a U.S. citizen and I want to leave Lebanon because of the security situation.  But I have a family member who needs a visa to go to the United States.  How can I get them a visa?

A:  They will need to apply for a visa first.  Please go to https://lebanon.usembassy.gov/visas.html to see what would be the most appropriate option (immigrant or nonimmigrant visa), and make the appropriate appointment.

Q: I am a U.S. citizen and I want to leave Lebanon because of the security situation and my children are U.S. citizens, but my spouse is not.  How can I get my spouse a visa?

A:  Your spouse will need to apply for a visa first.  Please go to https://lebanon.usembassy.gov/visas.html to see what would be most appropriate option (immigrant or nonimmgrant visa), and make an appropriate appointment.

Q: I am concerned about the security situation here in Lebanon.  Should I leave?

A: U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should understand that they accept risks in remaining and should carefully consider those risks.  United States citizens concerned for their safety should consider making plans to depart by commercial means.   U.S. citizens will be responsible for arranging their own travel out of Lebanon.  Beirut International Airport is open and commercial flights are operating.  Travelers should check with their airline prior to planned travel to verify the flight schedule.

U.S. citizens need to be aware that the embassy does not offer “protection” services to individuals who feel unsafe.  U.S. citizens traveling or resident in Lebanon who choose to remain should be aware that the U.S. Embassy's ability to reach all areas of Lebanon is limited.  The Embassy urges all U.S. citizens in Lebanon to monitor the media for the latest developments.  Find the latest Security Messages here https://lebanon.usembassy.gov/secumsgs.html.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Lebanon enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy to contact you in an emergency.

Q: I am concerned about the security situation in Lebanon.  Should I cancel my trip?

A: The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon because of current safety and security concerns.  See the latest travel warning at https://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5918.html.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Lebanon enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy to contact you in an emergency.

Q: Are you evacuating U.S. citizens?

A: We are not currently evacuating U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should understand that they accept risks in remaining and should carefully consider those risks.  U.S. citizens concerned for their safety should consider making plans to depart by commercial means.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Lebanon enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy to contact you in an emergency.

Q: How will the U.S. Embassy contact me if an evacuation takes place?

A: We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Lebanon enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy to contact you in an emergency.

Q: I need an emergency appointment to update travel documents, could you please provide one?

A: Embassy Beirut is aware of the high demand for passport services and has added more appointments to meet demand.  Due to these exceptional volumes, the American Citizens Services unit is unable to discuss requests for expedited appointments over the telephone as they work to process applications.  Please take the first available appointment from our website, or write to us at BeirutACS@state.gov.

To schedule an appointment for a passport application, you must follow the instructions at lebanon.usembassy.gov.

Q: Is the U.S. Embassy in Beirut closing?

A: The U.S. Embassy has no plans to close at this time.

Q: Do you have an evacuation plan?  Can you tell us the plan?

A: We are constantly assessing the situation. 

If you have other questions, please address them to BeirutACS@state.gov.