to visit in Tripoli-Lebanon :
(Tripoli), From the earliest times Tripoli in north Lebanon was
an unusual city due to its configuration for it was not one city but three cities in
one", hence its name Tripolis or the "Tri-city". Built on a rocky
promontory on the East Mediterranean coast, Tripoli stood halfway between the great rival
commercial centers of Antioch and Tyre. Its geographical and strategic position was
further enhanced by the presence of offshore islands, natural ports and its proximity to
the hinterland. Tripoli thus inevitably played a predominant role in political and
economic developments in the region and the Middle East for over two millenia.
Geography has been the
determining factor which has influenced the history of Lebanons port cities since
the dawn of Time. The narrow and irregular coastal strip of Lebanon is cut up by rivets,
deep river gorges and steep ravines. The early inhabitants of this land known in ancient
times as Canaanites, later as Phoenicians, found themselves hemmed in between the
Mediterranean and the mountains of Lebanon which rise abruptly from the sea. These
particular geographical conditions, thousands of years ago, led to the establishment of a
series of independent city-states on rocky headlands jutting out to sea. Each city-state
was separated from the other by insurmountable natural barriers so in order to communicate
the inhabitants turned to the sea. With an unlimited supply of coniferous wood covering
the mountains behind them, they built sea-faring ships and skirting the coastline, sailed
from city to city to trade.
Today , Tripoli is a
prosperous business and touristic center with many new hotels built inside and on the
outskirts of the city. There is a lot of touristic attractions and quality recreation
centers . Tripoli is also very famous for its oriental sweets and food, the taste of
sweets can not be found anywhere else. Not to forget the many gift items that are
mainly hand made like soap,copper articles etc...
population has been estimated to be 500,000 and the large majority of these
are Sunni Muslims. Lebanon's small Alawite
community also mainly inhabits Tripoli, and their numbers are estimated to
be between 25,000 to 30,000 people, mainly in the Jabal Mohsen
neighbourhood. The percentage of Christians in the city is around 5%
We Invite you to visit our
city and enjoy your stay in this nice mixture of western and oriental culture.
Tips About Lebanon
visas are available at the airport for holders of the following
nationalities: Western Europeans, citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
countries, the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and South Korea. Passports
containing a visa to Israel (valid or expired) are denied entry.
Fifteen-days visa: 25,000 LBP
Three-months visa, single entry: 50,000 LBP
Multi-entry tourist visa: 100,000 LBP
for customs clearance (at the airport or the port): Proof of residency in a
foreign country, change of residency certificate (attested by the Lebanese
embassy in the country of former residence), proof of residency in Lebanon
(a rent contract attested by the municipality or an ownership deed certified
by the mayor).
to avoid paying import duty on personal effects are the following: A
certified letter from former/present employer stating change of residence,
job title, nature of work you will be doing in Lebanon, legalised by the
Lebanese embassy in country of origin and by the local authorities. Also,
you will need a detailed packing list, a rent contract (legalised by local
municipality), a work permit and a residence visa. In case you are bringing
a pet with you, make sure to have an international health certificate from
your local vet. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies (not more than 30
moving to Lebanon
require the following: up to date tetanus injection, hepatitis A, valid
medical insurance and current medical report from your doctor.
checklist before arrival
Civil Defense 125
Internal Security 112
Red Cross 140
Tourist Police 01.350901 - 01.343286 - 01.343209
coastal area, Lebanon enjoys a Mediterranean climate (hot summers and mild
winters). Summer temperatures in the capital (Beirut) range from 29o C to 32
o C (84oF to 90oF). Winter temperatures range from 16oC to 20oC (61oF to
/ Tips for packing
In the summer, mountain regions, with their cooler and less humid weather,
attract many residents. In winter, temperatures at higher altitudes can drop
below zero and many mountaintops remain covered with snow throughout most of
Since Lebanon enjoys a summery climate from May to October, pack some light
cotton and linen cloths. Don’t forget your bathing suit! If you’re
planning on visiting Lebanon during the winter (November to April), it would
be advisable to wear warmer cloths (woollens, polo-necks…). We also
recommend you bring a coat and scarf.
Don’t forget to pack a couple of smart evening outfits, for dining out in
Lebanon can be a very stylish affair!
situated along the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, with a 10,452Km2
surface. All regions are within easy reach: it will take a maximum of 4
hours by car to reach the most far-flung places from Beirut.
Beirut, Tripoli, Byblos, Sidon, Tyre and other major cities are situated on
the narrow coastal plain, only 6 Km2 at the widest point. Mount Lebanon, a
rugged and rocky landscape, rises steeply from the coastal plain, with the
highest peak at 3,360m. The Anti-Lebanon mountains are almost of the same
hight and length, and form a natural border with the neighbouring countries
to the east.
In between is the Beqaa Valley with a central plateau at an average of 760m
above sea level. Throughout history, the Beqaa Valley has been considered a
major agricultural region, rich with historical sites.
population: 4,000,000 citizens (with 17 religious communities, most of which
are Christian, Muslim and Druze)
Arabic, most Lebanese speak French and English.
Spoken Arabic slightly differs from the written Arabic.
currency is the Lebanese Pound or Lira (LL or LBP). You can pay in dollars
Notes are in denominations of LL1,000 – LL5,000 – LL10,000 – LL20,000
– LL50,000 – LL100,000.
Coins are in pieces of LL50 – LL100 – LL250 – LL500.
The US Dollar (to date): 1$ = ~ LL1,500
is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+2 GMT) from October to March, and
3 hours (+3 GMT) from April to September.
February 2002, tourists departing from Lebanon are entitled to a VAT refund
on goods purchased during their stay.
Refund - Value added Tax - VAT
During the February Shopping Festival, and until the management of the
tourist refund mechanism is handed over to a private company, the customs
administration will handle the VAT refund claims.
foreigner or Lebanese person residing abroad, and whose stay in Lebanon does
not exceed three continuous months, is entitled to ask for a VAT refund.
can ask for a tourist refund?
All kinds of
services (hotels, telecommunications, car rentals, guided tours.
purchases do not entitle the tourist to a VAT refund?
All kinds of foods and beverages (restaurants, cafés, supermarkets.
Fuel and tobacco.
must be transported in the tourist's personal luggage.
are the conditions required for a VAT refund?
The tourist must have bought the goods from a VAT registered retailer.
The total value for each invoice from each store must exceed 150,000 LBP per
The purchases should be exported from Lebanon within three months of the
date of purchase i.e. the date of the invoice. The goods don't necessarily
have to be transported upon the tourist's first departure from Lebanon as
long as he is still within the time limit determined above.
The purchases should be new and not used in Lebanon (except used cars).
must ask the VAT registered retailer to issue, an invoice containing the
retailer's VAT registration number, his name and address, the tourist's name
and address, the description and value of the transaction, and the amount of
should the tourist do in order to claim a VAT refund?
The tourist must obtain a refund claim from the registered retailer (or at
the airport when departing) and must fill it out.
The tourist must present the customs administration at the point of
departure with the goods, the VAT refund claim, and the invoices related to
It should be noted that the customs administration will keep the original
invoices. Therefore, any tourist wishing to retain copies of these invoices
must photocopy them in advance or ask the retailer to issue another copy
upon purchase of the goods.
The customs administration will inspect the goods for which a refund is
claimed in order to ensure that they match the related invoices. It will
also stamp the refund claim and all its attachments.
The refund claims shall be
handled by the unit that will be in charge of the management of the tourist
is the decision of acceptance or refusal of the request issued?
When the required conditions are met, the tax is refunded, either by check
or credit card transfer, after deduction of the company's commission.
If the refund claim is rejected, then the tourist is notified of the
rejection of the claim, as well as the reason for the refusal.
For more info:
Tel #: 01.398234
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||located 85 km north of Beirut
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||Has the second largest sea port
||Has the second largest sea port
||Has 500,000 Inhabitants
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