Lebanese Passport Allows Visa-Free Access to 32 Countries and Territories

An update (2012) to this post is available here: Lebanon Remains at the Bottom of Visa Free Travel Index

Henley and Partners (H&P), a global legal firm that deals with immigration, has compiled a list of passports that provide entry to countries without the need for visas and unsurprisingly, holders of Arab passports have limited access to visit countries without queuing at embassies:

A global list of countries, ranked according to the visa restrictions imposed on their citizens, revealed that the number of countries Arabs do not need visas to enter is quite limited…

According to the information, Lebanese passport holders have visa-free access to 32 countries and territories, up 5 from last year. Nevertheless, Lebanon features at the bottom of the Arab list just ahead of Iraq. Among the Arab passports “to have”, Kuwait would be your best with 71 countries.

HENLEY & PARTNERS VISA RESTRICTIONS INDEX: Top Arab Countries on the list:

  1. Kuwait -71
  2. Bahrain – 67
  3. Qatar – 66
  4. UAE – 64
  5. Oman – 61
  6. Saudi Arabia – 57
  7. Egypt – 43
  8. Jordan – 39
  9. Syria – 39
  10. Yemen – 38
  11. Iran – 34
  12. Lebanon – 32
  13. Iraq – 27

As for the worldwide view, British passports rank at the top with 166 countries and territories.

HENLEY & PARTNERS VISA RESTRICTIONS INDEX: Top 5 Countries on the list:

  1. United Kingdom – 166
  2. Denmark – 164
  3. Sweden – 163
  4. Finland – 162
  5. Luxembourg – 162

It would seem that Lebanese preference for US, Canadian and Australian passports may need to shift towards Scandinavian countries if they really want to freely travel the world.

Lebanese passport holders are free from visa in 32 countries and territories.

Lebanese passport holders are free from visa in 32 countries and territories.

Here’s a list of countries where Lebanese can visit without the need for a pre-approved visa:

  • Africa
    • Cape Verde
    • Comoros
    • Djibouti
    • Madagascar
    • Mozambique
    • Seychelles
    • Togo
    • Uganda
  • Americas
    • Bolivia
    • Dominica
    • Ecuador
    • Haiti
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Asia
    • Armenia
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bangladesh
    • Cambodia
    • Georgia
    • Jordan
    • Laos
    • Macau
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Nepal
    • Oman
    • Syria
    • Timor-Leste
  • Europe
    • Kosovo
    • Turkey
  • Oceania
    • Cook Islands
    • Federal States of Micronesia
    • Niue
    • Palau
    • Samoa
    • Tuvalu

Diplomatic passport holders can additionally visit Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Yemen. Though according to this list, there are 35, not 32 countries Lebanese can freely visit.

81 Comments
    • I love my Lebanese passport though some Lebanese see passports as accessories rather than allegiance and identity towards a sovereign country. Proud of my nationality; wouldn’t change it for the world.

      • “Pride should be reserved for something you attain on your own. Not something that happened by accident of birth” – George Carlin

          • Jad, exactly – you are proud of what you have done yourself, not of what your parents made you (i.e., Lebanese). George Carlin is not only an “entertainer” (a good way of degrading his image vis-à-vis the readers, mind you) he is also a renowned social critic.

          • Everyone is (and should be) a social critic and there’s nothing degrading with being an “entertainer”. Especially one who’s won 5 Grammy Awards and two American Comedy Awards plus a Life Time Achievement Award. And he absolutely rocked in Bill and Ted’s and I’ll never forget his role as Cardinal Glick in Dogma – absolutely priceless.

            My point was that I feel proud to be born a Lebanese – that’s how I feel, whether its right or wrong to feel that way, that is how I feel.

    • i am sure eno you have a passport gheir el passport el libneni.

      aw eno u have a passport in lebanon w kebiti bil jarour.

      you only use it when you need to show ur id min doun ta2iftik :). gheir heik, it doesnt mean anything. y? iza badik trou7i 3al yaman aw soudan badik visa ….

      • Not true – I hold a single passport and that’s my Lebanese passport. I’ve traveled across the Middle East and have visited countries in Asia and Europe with it.

        As a UAE resident, it is my primary form of identification. My passport has been given to me by a country I care dearly for. I wouldn’t want a passport from any other country because I know that I wouldn’t care for those country as I care for my own. I believe strongly in this principle and would not back down from it for any reason.

        • hi Jad,

          my reply was dedicated to Mariam..
          anyway i am speaking from a point of view eno u need a visa w titsha7shat 3ala bweb el safarat because u have a Lebanese Passport.

          2nd point: lesh badna nisma7 lal kil yiji 3a lebnen w yekhod visa 3al matar w na7na la2

          3- i think that u love the arzeh on the lebanese passport not the the lebanese passport itself bas hal arzeh ma7rou2 sillefa….

        • LOL you can’t even get naturalized in the UAE…that’s probably why you still have your passport……end of subject.Full stop,next topic please

    • Tarek, how about a party down in Kosovo this new year?

      Fadi, well it may not be the places you want to go to but let’s look at reciprocal treatment – how many countries does Lebanon open its doors to and yet we don’t get the same treatment? If we weren’t so desperate for tourists, I would push for reciprocal treatment rather than bowing down to the West.

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  2. Hey guys I am a Syrian passport holder too mine the same like Lebanese (Arab Passport)can not go only to Mozambique or Saint kitts and Nevis along Arab states and we are not proud of our governments agreement with other countries to allow us to communicate directly(visit each other) Also thanks to the European discrimination policy and their racial attitude toward us we the Arabs,imagine they spent a great ammount of time and money to create a so caled system of the Schingen which they want you to have it as a dream to get the Schingen approval to trvel to any EU country.
    Soon Lebanon will get a free visa to Egypt and let go to SHARM AL SHEIKH or PETRA in Jordan,

    • Dear Dr Wael, i have to tell u that being a Lebanese is much more than being an arab… i’m proud to be an arab… but being a Lebanese is being in the “TOP OF THIS RACE”… don’t be angry at me but this is the truth… what the Lebanese are doing is always the best even if the arabs are doing more but if we calculate the potentiels between people… the Lebanese are doing the best while the arabs are doing the lowest that they can do… that’s why every lebanese is proud… not just because he’s an arab or not because in fact this identity is not verified as it should be… and maybe the Lebanese and a part of Syrians and palestinians are phoenicians… (we should work on that) because our identity must be clear once for all

    • As the list shows, we Arabs are all in the same boat – what exactly do you have in mind? I believe the only viable option is too take reciprocity to its true meaning. Just like India does. The Indians are commendable because they wont let a foreigner in without a visa unless an Indian national gets the same privilege. US/UK/Canadian passport? You wait in line at the embassies like everyone else. I really admire that about them.

      • That is the RIGHT thing that our gov/nts have to do, and see what the reaction of the Europeans in particular will be?

  3. hi guys

    i was checking visa to CapeVerde online and it shows that Leb passport holder require visa prior traveling

    any assistance on this level? or what is ur search record for those 32 countries

    • Hi Roger,

      The information was gathered from Wikipedia. According to IATA, Lebanese passport holders must apply for a visa to Cape Verde at arrival at a cost of 25EUR. With all visa regulations, its always best to contact officials as requirements can change without notice.

      I hope this helps.

  4. Lebanese passports do need a pre-approved visa to Georgia. I just got mine and it took over 3 weeks to process. The closest embassy is in Amman.

    • Visa regulations are notorious for changing over-night which is why its important to always check with the country’s representative office. I’ve checked IATA and it reports that Lebanese passport holders travelling to Georgia from Lebanon can either apply for a visa beforehand or

      On arrival: if required, a visa can be issued at the Visa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the airport. Fee: varies between USD 10.- and USD 200.-, according to nationality, type of visa and length of stay.

      Governments are usually slow to report to IATA any changes in their visa regulations.

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  6. i’m proud because i’m a lebanese , thanks god there is some countries we can visit without having a visa , but i have one complain on the lebanese authority (haida iza can fi authority aw houkoumehhhhhhhhhhh Haha) why the father and mother’s names are not writing in english on the new passport we are having some dificulities .
    thank you

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