Useful info about Lebanon and Tripoli
Visa regulations are the result of bilateral agreements between states, every student should check the visa requirements with the Lebanese embassy in their country prior departure. Most western nationals are able to get a visa (valid for one month and renewable twice) upon arrival. For stays exceeding 3 months, it is preferable to go through a visa application before coming to Lebanon, the other way would be to exit and re-enter the country.
How to get to the Institute:
Evening time arrivals in Lebanon
When landing in Beirut International Airport evening time, it is preferable to find accommodation in Beirut for a night (hotel/hostel/Airbnb).
Just grab a cab exiting the airport to down town, price shouldn’t exceed 50 000 LL (32 US Dollars) for the ride.
Day time arrivals in Lebanon:
Take a cab to the Charles Helou bus station in Beirut. A Connex bus departs to Tripoli every 30mn, wifi is available on board. Once arrived at the final destination of the bus, Sahet el Nour, take a taxi to Tall square where one of our staff will be waiting for you to walk you to the Institute. It is highly recommended to either buy a Lebanese sim car at the airport or have a functional line so we keep in contact during your journey. Please note that our team won’t be able to check you in accommodations in Tripoli after 8PM.
Security in Tripoli:
Tripoli is safe for anyone wishing to live or visit this city but of course, as for any city around the world, certain districts should be avoided. Between 2013 and 2016, as a result of Syria’s violent civil war, some fighting erupted between two neighbourhoods in the northern part of Tripoli. Limited to certain areas, the clashes ended early 2014 and the situation has been calm for the past 3 years. With the election of a new President in 2016, we believe Lebanon entered a new era of stability and Tripoli will be part of it.
Every student upon arrival will receive a leaflet about the Tripoli and the basic security measures which all of us should abide to.
Well aware of political developments and local dynamics, the Levantine Institute of Tripoli will provide its students through the courses a good understanding of Tripoli and its surroundings.
Please do not hesitate to send us an email if you need any additional info about Tripoli and Lebanon in general!