Title New measures regulating the entry and stay of Syrians in Lebanon- January 2015
 Date of adoption/announcement


31 December 2014
 Entry into force


5 January 2015
Text versions Arabic 

Official source: Website of the General Security Department


“On 31 December 2014, the government of Lebanon issued guidelines that came into effect on 5 January 2015 stating that Syrians wishing to enter Lebanon would now be required to fulfil certain requirements and provide the necessary documents under one of sevenncategories. Category one is for tourism, shopping, business, landlords, and tenants; category two is for studying, category three is for transiting to a third country, category four is for those displaced; category five for medical treatment; category six for an embassy appointment; and category seven for those entering with a pledge of responsibility (a Lebanese sponsor). The majority of these categories allow for entry into Lebanon for a defined period of time, ranging from 24 hours to one month for a temporary business visa. In some cases the entry permit can be extended, for example for medical cases and for embassy appointments. Category four for the ‘displaced’ states that Syrians are not allowed to enter as displaced, except for exceptional cases under humanitarian criteria defined by the Ministry of Social Affairs.”

Source: Amnesty International