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FAQ – Visa Section Lebanon

22.11.2017 - FAQ


We have prepared information sheets for the most common visa types on this website, please check here n German and here in Arabic.


If there is no information sheet for your specific visa type, please start preparing your file according to the visa type that is closest to yours and apply common sense (e.g. if you are going to get married in Germany, of course you cannot hand in a marriage certificate, but will instead have to present documentation regarding your upcoming marriage). If you need further assistance or clarification, don’t hesitate to contact us via E-Mail(visalbn@beir.diplo.de).

Appointments can only be booked online through our appointment registration system: https://service2.diplo.de/rktermin/extern/choose_realmList.do?locationCode=beir&realmId=319.

Registration is free of charge and can be done by everyone. You will register on a waiting list and be assigned the soonest available appointment among comparable cases.

It is up to you, whether you want to do the registration yourself of want to engage somebody to help you with this. However, please beware of fraudsters. Not every visa/travel agency has your best interests in mind.

The German Embassy does not have special cooperations with any translation offices or travel agencies. Every agency that claims to be „accredited by“ or „affiliated with“ out Embassy is not telling you the truth.

It is up to you, whether you want to prepare your documents and do the appointment registration yourself or want to engage somebody to help you with this. However, please beware of fraudsters. Not every visa/travel agency has your best interests in mind

We have one service provider, VFS global in Hamra, where you can hand in Schengen visa applications and documents for legalization. VFS does not offer services - like booking flights or hotels - that go beyond receiving and forwarding visa applications and documents for legalization to the Embassy. VFS will advise you competently to hand in complete applications, but is not involved in the decision making process.

It might take a bit longer than usual, but eventually it will be your turn and we will inform you.

If you need an appointment to apply for a national visa, please register on one of our appointment waiting lists after reading through all relevant information regarding your visa type on our website.

Waiting times for appointments are currently a few months. Appointments might be given on short notice as we have to abide by lockdown regulations as well and sometimes have to cancel and re-schedule appointments.

Please be prepared for your appointment. We have put a lot of information on this website on what and how you should prepare your application. Please make sure that you get all the necessary documents ready as soon as you can and don’t forget to make the requested copies!

If you come to the embassy unprepared, you are wasting the appointment for yourself and all the other persons waiting anxiously to get their appointment. Every applicant who „needs“ two appointments to hand in their application due to unpreparedness is prolonging appointment waiting times for everybody.

If you would like to know if and how you can get an appointment to apply for a Schengen visa at this moment, please check the information in this FAQ section regarding this topic.

Please refrain from regular inquiries about the status of your case or your appointment booking. This kind of requests is draining our resources. We would much prefer to use all of those for actually processing visa files instead of answering e-mails.

Please bear in mind that the people who are assigned appointments before you usually also registered on the respective waiting list before you.

Yes, it is! 

Our „Visa section for Lebanon“ was affected by the blast in Beirut harbor and was temporarily working from Rabieh. We are now back in our building in Dekwaneh/Sin el Fil.

We are currently improvising in many areas in order to handle your cases as efficiently as possible. Also our staff capacities are still limited by measures taken in order to prevent the spread of the new Corona virus.

Everybody in Lebanon can feel the negative effects of COVID-19 and the explosion in Beirut harbor in the beginning of August. The German Embassy in not an exception to this.

Despite all this we are doing our best to process your applications as normally as possible. We are also accepting new applications. Please bear with us if some things take a little bit longer than usual in these challenging times. We are also giving you more time than usual to hand in missing documents, if you couldn’t get them due to the pandemic situation.

If we need anything from you, we will contact you directly. There is no need for you to ask us whether we need something more from you if we do not contact you to ask for something. The less e-mail requests and telephone calls we get, the faster we can process all applications.

Immigration to Germany is possible if you have a purpose of staying in Germany which is foreseen in our immigration legislation. Immigration without any specific cause is not possible.

Please read through all the relevant information regarding your visa type on our website (especially the information sheets), before you register for an appointment. Visa information is available in German and Arabic.

If you are looking for initial information on work related visas, we recommend you take a look at http://www.make-it-in-germany.de.

Once you have identified a valid purpose of stay and prepared started preparing the documents needed, you can register for a visa appointment on our website http://www.beirut.diplo.de. Appointments are assigned by us as soon as possible, however this might currently take a few months.


Good news! Germany is going to lift entry restrictions for travelers from Lebanon as of 20 June 2021!

If you have already obtained or are interested in a visa to travel to Germany for a short period of time only („Schengen visa“, i.e. family visit, tourism, business trip) you can enter Germany again coming from Lebanon starting on 20 June 2021. Until then strict entry restrictions are still in place.

You can check our Ministry of the Interior’s webpage for further information.

If you would like to apply for a Schengen visa, please book an appointment through our service provider VFS.


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