|Frequently Asked Questions
1.When should I apply for a NEW Travel Document (Lebanese Passport, Palestinian Travel Document)?
You should fill out a New Passport Application Form*:
- If you hold an expired Lebanese passport with a BLUE cover
(the old version), you must first present it for cancellation and then apply for a new BURGUNDY passport.
- If you already have a BURGUNDY passport or a Palestinian Travel Document, and you have less than 10 pages, we recommend that you request new documents.
- If the photo displayed on the document is more than 10 years old, you must apply for a new passport or Palestinian Travel Document.
You may choose to fill out a Passport Renewal Application Form* if your passport or travel document contains more than 10 pages and/or your photo is less than 10 years old.
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2.What should I do if I lose my Lebanese Passport?
- First, inform your local police station and file a report; a copy of this report should be kept for submission with your application to the Embassy or consulate. Then place an
advertisement in your local newspaper for 3 days; a copy of this must also be kept for submission with your application. Fill out a New Passport Application Form and follow the instructions.
3.How long does it take to process official documents?
- If all the required documents are attached to the completed application, your application will be processed at the consulate in a maximum of
3 working days. This does not include the time it takes to be mailed to and from the Embassy.
4.Why is my application taking so long?
- Consular officers will keep a file on hold in order to request more documents for further verification if the required documents you provided contain discrepancies that need to be corrected. For example, if the date of birth on your passport differs from the one on your birth certificate. Your file may also be delayed if you have not paid the exact fee required.
Important Note: It is important that you send in your correct contact information when you first apply. This is to allow the consulate officer to contact you for updates and follow-ups during the process.
5.Why was my visa application declined?
A visa application is declined
if required information or
documents are missing.
application is declined if the passport bears an Israeli visa, or the passport will expire in less than six months.
All declined visa applications will be reviewed by the Immigration Authorities in Lebanon. This process takes approximately 6 weeks.
Important Note: It is important that you send in your correct contact numbers when you first apply. This is to allow the consulate officer to contact you for updates and followups during the process.
6.If I am the spouse of a Lebanese national, does he/she have to register our marriage at the consulate BEFORE I can apply for a visa to Lebanon?
7.Do all Lebanese Consulates have the same regulations?
- Yes; instructions given to different consulates are the same. However, certain administrative procedures, such as working hours, processing time and mailing procedures may vary from one consulate to another.
8.Do you accept payment in cash or personal checks?
- All payments must be made by money order to The Embassy ofLebanon in the exact amount.
- All applications should carry a fee for the exact amount required.
9.What is the safest way to mail official or original documents, and to whom should they be addressed?
- Registered mail is the safest way to send formality documents. For urgent applications, Express mail should be used.
Note: The Embassy of Lebanon is not liable for any documents lost during the incoming and outgoing mailing process.
10. What happens if I come to the Embassy without making an appointment?
- All walk-in official documents presented before 12:00 PM will be delivered the
next day before 3:30 PM.
- Exceptions will be made for extremely urgent cases, as well as for applicants for a power of attorney visiting on an appointment basis.
11. Whom should I address if I have a comment, suggestion or complaint?.
Write to the following address:
Attn: First Secretary-Consul
2560 28th St., NW
Washington DC 20008.
Or fax: 202-939-6324
Regular inquries should be directed to the Consulate Applicant Service at: