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The Republic of Lebanon is a small country (10,452 sq km or 4076 sq mi in area with 3.7 million inhabitants) within the Middle East region with its capital at Beirut. It has a long coastline on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and shares a long land border with its much larger neighbour Syria to the north and the east, a much shorter (and currently "hot") border with Israel to the south.
Non-nationals must have a visa to enter Lebanon. Three-month visas are free for nationals from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Other nationals can obtain a 15-day visa for LL25,000 (US$17), or a three-month visa for LL50,000 (US$35). These visas are single-entry; nationals of many countries can also obtain multiple-entry visas (which cost more). 48 hour transit visas (valid for three calendar days) are issued free of charge.
Visas can be obtained at Lebanese embassies and consulates in other countries, or upon arrival at Beirut airport and other points of entry.
Entry is refused if holding used or unused, expired or valid visa for Israel, or having any Israeli stamp endorsed on passport.
A steadily increasing number of airlines service Beirut International Airport (code BEY, located 5 km (3 mi) south of the city centre), which has frequent connections to Europe, Africa, Asia and the rest of the Middle East. Both Air France and British Airways have regular services. The Lebanese national carrier, Middle East Airlines , flies to a network of European, Middle Eastern and African cities. The American ban on travel to Lebanon was lifted in 1997; however, the US continues to maintain a ban on non-stop flights between the two countries. It should be noted that Air Canada has repeatedly attempted to begin Montréal - Beirut services since 2003 but has been blocked by the Canadian government from doing so, owing to "reasons of national security" (many believe this is due to diplomatic pressure from the American administration).
The departure tax on flights from Beirut is approximately US$41, usually included in the ticket price.
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