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Important Passport Information

Payment Methods & Details

U.S. Embassy Beirut is accepting online fee payments for adult U.S. passport renewal applications.  Paying online allows you to mail your application to the U.S. Embassy without the need to apply in person.  Qualifying adult passport renewal applicants may pay the $130 passport renewal fee. online via U.S. or international credit or debit card, electronic funds transfer from a U.S.-based bank account, Amazon Pay, or Pay Pal.  Please see our Passport Renewal webpage to determine if you are eligible for online fee payment.

Please note that the online fee option is limited to U.S. citizens residing in Lebanon.  U.S. citizens who reside outside of Lebanon are not eligible for the online fee payment option at this time.  Online fee payment is currently available for passport book renewals only at pay.gov. If you wish to renew or apply for a passport card, you must make an appointment to apply in person at the embassy or consulate nearest you.

In order to maintain continuity of Consular operations in Lebanon, the Consular Section is accepting payment for Consular services in U.S. dollars only.

Appointments & Locations

American citizens requiring passport renewals, first-time passports, or replacements for lost or stolen passports must schedule an appointment online. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday, except for U.S. and Lebanese holidays.

Applicants who miss their appointment will be asked to reschedule for another day. Please note that passport services are by appointment only.

PLEASE PROVIDE ONE PHOTOCOPY OF EACH DOCUMENT LISTED AMONG THE REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING FOR A FIRST TIME PASSPORT AND PASSPORT RENEWAL.

Security Information

Arriving at the Embassy

The Embassy is located in Awkar, off the Dbayeh highway, facing the Awkar Municipal Building. The Consular Section provides full American Citizen Services.

Please read carefully the general list of security procedures for U.S. Embassies. Any visitor who declines to be screened by U.S. Embassy security personnel will be prohibited from entering the Embassy grounds.

Security Notice to All Embassy Visitors

All visitors must be screened prior to entering a U.S. Embassy or Consulate and are subject to inspection via walk-through metal detector and a hand-held metal detector. All personal items will undergo full inspection by use of x-ray and other detection equipment.

Any visitor refusing to submit to security screening shall be prohibited from entering.

Prohibited Items (Items Not to Bring to the Embassy)

The following items are prohibited inside the U.S. Embassy and we have no storage facilities for them, so please leave them at your home, your hotel, or in your vehicle:

  • Backpacks, bags, luggage, or large purses (purses 15cmX10cm and smaller will be permitted)
  • Food and beverages
  • Fire-lighting equipment (e.g. matches, lighters)
  • Weapons of any kind, including mace or pepper spray
  • Tools, including any sharp or bladed objects
  • Any oils, aerosols or pump sprays, liquids, lotions and powders

Electronic or recording equipment of any kind, including, but not limited to:

  • Cameras
  • Laptop computers
  • Mobile phones
  • Blackberries
  • MP3, CD, or cassette players
  • Pagers
  • Keyless remotes
  • E-readers such as iPads or Kindle
  • Thumb drives
  • Helmets of any type

This list is not all-inclusive.  The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to deny entry of any items deemed suspicious.

Permitted

  • Small bags to carry necessary documents
  • Passport  and relevant documents
  • Wallet/small purse
  • Newspaper/books in printed form only (e.g. no Kindles, iPads or other e-readers).
  • Writing materials
  • Car, house keys

Consular-Related Visitors

The following persons may accompany an applicant on a case-by-case basis during Consular-related visits:

  • Interpreter: Applicants may request to bring one interpreter if they do not speak English or Arabic well enough to participate in an interview.  The request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Special Needs Visitors: Applicants may request to bring one person to help if they are elderly, disabled, or if the applicant is a minor child applying for a visa.  The request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Due to waiting room size, the large volume of applicants and the time required to screen consular clients, other accompanying persons cannot be admitted to the waiting room.

Drivers, friends, and extra relatives must wait outside or return to meet the applicant after the interview has been completed.  The sole exception to this rule is applicants who are minor children.  A minor child applying for a visa, who is below the age of 14, must bring one of his parents. If a minor child is between the ages of 14 and 18, the child may request to bring one of his or her parents to the interview.

Attorneys, agents, accountants, or employers accompanying applicants will not be permitted to accompany clients into the waiting room or at their interviews without prior approval.

Reasonable Accommodation

If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:

    • If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
    • If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
    • If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
    • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
    • If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.

If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.

  • Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.

The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.