Given the suspension of routine visa processing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and under the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052, as of December 1, U.S. Embassy Beirut is only accepting non-immigrant visa appointments for medical professionals, students, and limited emergency travel. The United States Embassy in Lebanon remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. The U.S. Embassy will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment.
Applicants who need to travel for emergency reasons may request expedited appointments via their ustraveldocs.com/lb profile for expedite requests. All emergency appointment requests must include documentation to support the reason for urgent travel. The Consular Section will consider requests for emergency appointments on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here:https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
- Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to support-Lebanon@ustraveldocs.com.
- Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
- Callers in Lebanon: Call +961 1 964 659.
- Callers in the United States: Call 1 703 520 2244
Skype: To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative during regular hours of operation, add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name ustraveldocs-lebanon.
Visiting the Embassy or Consulate
The Embassy is located in Awkar, off the Dbayeh highway, facing the Awkar Municipal Building. The Consular Section provides full Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa 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:
- Laptop computers
- Mobile phones
- MP3, CD, or cassette players
- Keyless remotes
- E-readers such as iPads or Kindles
- 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.
- 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
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 with minor children under the age of 18.
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.