Getting Started

The U.S. Commercial Service in Beirut offers the below services to promote U.S. exports to Lebanon:

  • Counsels U.S. companies on market opportunities and ways to do business in Lebanon.
  • Assists Lebanese companies in identifying manufactirers of U.S. products and services.
  • Assists U.S. companies in identifying Lebanese agents and representatives.
  • Recruits Lebanese delegations to atten trade shows in the U.S.
  • Organizes trade fairs and seminars in Lebanon to promote U.S. products and services.
  • Advocates on behalf of U.S. companies bidding for projects in Lebanon.
  • Negotiates with the Lebanese government market access issues and barriers to trade and investment.
  • Mediates and resolves commercial disputes between U.S. and Lebanese companies.

For more information about our services, visit www.export.gov/Lebanon

The Country Commercial Guide (CCG) presents a comprehensive look at Lebanon’s economic and commercial environment, identifies commercial opportunities for U.S. exports and investment, and reviews the overall investment climate in Lebanon.

Working in Lebanon

Business Visas

Visas are required for entry into Lebanon and may be obtained at Lebanese embassies and consulates (http://www.lebanonembassyus.org). Citizens of the following countries can obtain an entry visa upon the arrival at the Beirut International Airport: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Macau (S A R), Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey (exclusively at the airport), Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, USA, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yugoslavia.

Travelers whose passports contain Israeli stamps or visas are routinely refused entry at the airport.  If holders of Arab passports possess passports that contain Israeli stamps or visas, they may be subject to arrest and imprisonment.  Persons, including dual national Lebanese, suspected of having traveled to or via Israel may also be subject to interrogation or detention.

U.S. companies that require travel of foreign businesspersons to the United States should be advised that security evaluations are handled via an interagency process. Visa applicants should go to the following links.

Travel Advisories

Lebanon is one of several countries for which the U.S. Department of State has issued Travel Warnings because of long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable. U.S. companies and visitors are advised to assess carefully the situation in Lebanon by consulting the Department’s Travel Warning and its Consular Information Sheet at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6166.html. These documents contain essential security and safety information on travel to Lebanon.

FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets.  The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business.  These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

More information on the FCPA can be found here: http://www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud/foreign-corrupt-practices-act

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue.  Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA.  Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.