Living in Lebanon

Advice for British people living in Lebanon, including information on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.


This guide sets out essential information for British national residing in Lebanon, including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our information on what consulates can and cannot do for British nationals. This information supplements the travel advice for Lebanon.


You can dial the Police 24/7 number 112, or dial:

  • 140 for Red Cross
  • 175 for Fire Brigade
  • 125 for Civil Defense

If you have been the victim of domestic violence, you can contact the local hotline number 1745 for assistance.

If you’re the victim of a crime, have been arrested, or are affected by a crisis abroad, contact the British embassy in Beirut.


Before coming to Lebanon, visit the heath section of our Travel Advice.

Medical treatment in Lebanon is not free. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation, as medical treatment in Lebanon can be expensive.

For a comprehensive list of hospitals, see the Syndicate of Hospitals in Lebanon website.


For information about education in Lebanon, visit the Ministry of Education website.

Employment and recognised qualifications

For information on employment in Lebanon, visit the Ministry of Labour website and the Security General website.

For information on recognised qualifications, visit the Ministry of Education website.

Entry and residence requirements

For information on entry requirement, visit our Travel advice page.

Further information can be found on the Security General website.


The Lebanese government does not provide social welfare benefits to Non-Lebanese nationals. Find out what UK benefits you might be able to get while abroad. Check the information on moving or retiring abroad.

Driving Licences and vehicles

Check what are the requirements for visitors to drive vehicles in Lebanon on the Internal Security Forces website.


Residents of Lebanon are able to open a local bank account. Visit the Lebanese Embassy in London website for a comprehensive list of banks in Lebanon.

To know more on taxation in Lebanon, visit the Ministry of Finance official portal.

The UK does not have a Double Taxation Agreement with Lebanon.

For other investment opportunities in the Lebanon, visit the [UKDIT website)[] and the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade website.

Guidance on bringing medication into Lebanon.

Check with the Lebanese Embassy in London.

Scams alert

Find out how to identify fake job offers and lottery scams that do not exist. Scam alert (PDF, 132KB, 3 pages)

Sponsoring family members

If you are a British National resident in Lebanon and you wish to sponsor a family member to live in Lebanon, contact the Security General or the Lebanese Embassy in London for further guidance.

Property and property disputes

British nationals can buy properties in Lebanon. Check with the Directorate of Land Registration and Cadastre Lebanon and watch the video Buying Property Abroad.

Social ethics and traditions

Planning to visit Lebanon and want to know more about local customs? Check the website.

Leaving Lebanon

If you have been resident in Lebanon and wish to leave for good, you may wish to inform Security General to cancel your residency and the Ministry of Labour to cancel your work permit, in order to avoid any problems should you wish to visit Lebanon in future.


This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the British embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 27 April 2018
Last updated 18 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added new section - Emergencies - that includes contact numbers of emergency services in Lebanon.

  2. First published.