Passports and Travel Documents

Important Notification concerning Lebanese Passports

The Lebanese Directorate-General of General Security is calling on Lebanese citizens who still possess Red Passports or renewed Navy Blue passports (even not expired)  to apply for the current machine-readable passport  since those passports are non-machine readable, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has decided the date of 24/11/2015 as the deadline for the exclusive use of machine-readable passports only in navigation and travel through airports. if your Navy Blue Passport was never renewed and didn't expire yet, it's machine-readable and you don't need to replace it.

Please note that the biometric passports can only be obtained directly from the General Directorate of General Security in Lebanon, while the Embassies and Consulates are still delivering the machine readable passports which remain valid.

You can apply for the machine readable passport  either directly in Lebanon at the Directorate-General of General Security or at the Embassy of Lebanon in the USA, or the affiliated Consulates General in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York depending on your residing jurisdiction.

The Embassy can renew the Navy Blue passports only, and  for one year, in exceptional cases provided that the applicant submit at the same time a request for a new Passport or sign an affidavit if he's travelling to Lebanon in the next two months, stating that he will apply for a new passport upon arrival.

Please note that once you apply for a new Passport at the Embassy, your can keep your current passport with you, and once we receive the new Passport from Beirut, we will call you to cancel it wihout cancelling the visas, and we can add the old passport to the new one.

Usually it takes between 5 to 10 weeks from the date of submission of the request of a new passport  to get the new one.

Please note that DHL provides a “Fast Track Service” in order to get your passport in few days only for additional fees. For more information, contact Mr. Rami Fayad @202-939-6309 ( Please note that  you need to Contact Mrs. Therese Philippe before proceeding with DHL by Phone: (202) 939-6306 or E-Mail: TPhilippe@lebanonembassyus.org,)

 For more information related to the readable Navy Blue Passport, please visit the Directorate General of General Security’s website: www.general-security.gov.lb

New Passport

  • Getting a new passport will take usually between 5 and 10 weeks from the date of submission of the application to the Embassy.
  • Please note that DHL provides a “Fast Track Service” in order to get your passport in few days only for additional fees. For more information, contact Mr. Rami Fayad @202-939-6309
  • Applications for new passports will be sent to Lebanon by diplomatic pouch and returned to the Embassy in the same way.
  • Applicants can apply for a new NAVY BLUE passport either in person or by mail.

Requirements to Obtain a New Passport in Person

  1. Passport Application Form to be filled out in person at the Embassy. The signature and fingerprint of the applicant will be obtained at the Embassy in front of the Consular Officer.
     
  2. Two recent color photos (Size length 4.3cm x width 3.5cm => 1.69in x 1.37in) showing full details of the face with a white background (as shown in the diagram attached).
  3. A New Passport Request Form should be filled out clearly and completed..
  4. Applicant's original Individual Civil ID (Ikhraj Kayd Fardi) whose date of issuance does not exceed 10 years, or his original new Lebanese I.D. card (Tazkarat al-Hawiyeh) and a copy of his U.S Driver Licence or green card or Passport or visa.
  5. The last Lebanese passport, either burgundy or navy blue covers.
  6. A money order (no cash or checks accepted) payable to the Embassy of Lebanon in the amount of:
  7. $40.00 for one year. $200.00 for five years.
  8. A certified or Express returned self-addressed, stamped envelope (USPS ONLY).
  9. Requirements to Obtain a New Passport by mail

    In order to obtain a new passport by mail, you should first send the Embassy in Washington DC the following required documents:

    • Two recent color photos (Size length 4.3cm x width 3.5cm => 1.69in x 1.37in) showing full details of the face with a white background (as shown in the diagram attached). 
    • A New Passport Request Form should be filled out.
    • Applicant's original recent Individual Civil ID (Ikhraj Kayd Fardi) whose date of issuance does not exceed 10 years, or the new original Lebanese I.D. card (Tazkarat al-Hawiyeh), and a copy of his U.S Driver Licence or green card or Passport or visa.
    • The last Lebanese passport, either burgundy or navy blue covers.
    • A money order (no cash or checks accepted) payable to the Embassy of Lebanon in the amount of:
    • $40.00 for one year. $200.00 for five years.

    • A large certified or Express returned self-addressed, stamped envelope (USPS ONLY) to return the filled passport application to you with the other requirements needed for the next step.

    Notes :

    • Once we receive all required documents listed above, a passport form will be sent to you with instructions on where to sign and fingerprint before a notary public or a Honorary Consul of Lebanon.
    • The passport form has a computer generated serial number and cannot be photocopied or even printed. It must be filled and signed with a blue ballpoint pen.
    • It is forbidden to fold the form and attach with staples to other papers; other documents can be enclosed with a paper clip.

    For further information, Please contact directly Mrs. Therese Philippe by Phone: (202) 939-6306 or E-Mail: TPhilippe@lebanonembassyus.org

Passport Renewal

1. please read the new instructions above related to the renewal of the Lebanese Passport: The Embassy can renew the Navy Blue passports only, and for one year,in exceptional cases, provided that the applicant submit at the same time a request for a new Passport or sign an affidavit if he's travelling to Lebanon in the next two months, stating that he/she will apply for a new passport upon arrival. In case you would like to renew for one year, send a certified or Express self-addressed, stamped envelope (USPS ONLY) requesting 2 notarized Passport Registration Forms from the Embassy or Consulate within your jurisdiction.

Please note that you should fill and affix your right thumbprint on both Passport Registration Forms in front of a notary public. The notary public should notarize the thumbprint and fill a notarized statement form prepared by the Embassy.

2. Send the following documents to the Consulate/Embassy in your jurisdiction:

  • Two filled notarized passport registration forms (see above)
  • Two 2x2 notarized photos
  • A money order of 40$ payable to the Embassy of Lebanon
  • A passport renewal application form*, in English or in Arabic (It can also be obtained by mail request from the Embassy/Consulate in your jurisdiction)
  • Copy of Lebanese I.D. both sides (Tazkarat al-Hawiya or Ikhraj Kayd).
  • The expired Lebanese navy blue passport.
  • Photocopies of the Old Passport pages containing the full name, photo, passport #, issue date, and expiry date (two copies of each).
  • A notarized parental consent from both parents authorizing the Embassy to renew the passport for applicants under 18.
  • A certified or Express self-addressed, stamped envelope (USPS ONLY).

Please provide 2 copies of each original document you send.

For further information, Please contact directly Mrs. Soukaiba Araji by Phone: (202) 939-6300 ext.1200 or E-Mail: SYaktin@lebanonembassyus.org

Palestinian Travel Document (New or Renewal)

Travel document

Important Notification concerning Machine Readable (Non Biometric)

Starting 1 February 2017, the Lebanese Directorate General of General Security will start issuing machine readable (Non biometric) for Palestinians refugees residing abroad.


Please note that the biometric travel document for Palestinian refugees can only be obtained directly from the General Directorate of General Security in Lebanon, while the Embassies and Consulates will deliver the machine readable travel document for Palestinian refugees.


You can apply for the machine readable travel document for Palestinian refugees at the Embassy of Lebanon in Washington DC, or the affiliated Consulates General in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York depending on your residing jurisdiction.


The Embassy can still renew your travel document for one year, in exceptional cases provided that the applicant submit at the same time a request for a new machine readable travel document or sign an affidavit if he's travelling to Lebanon in the next 3 months, stating that he will apply for a new biometric machine readable travel document upon arrival.


Please note that once you apply for a new travel document at the Embassy, you can keep your current travel document with you, and once we receive the new travel document from Beirut, we will call you to cancel it without cancelling the visas, and we can add the old passport to the new one. Usually it takes around 3 months from the date of submission of the request of a new travel document to get the new one.

Please note that DHL provides a “Fast Track Service” in order to get your passport in few days only for additional fees. For more information, contact Mr. Rami Fayad @202-939-6309


New travel document

  • Getting a new travel document will take usually around 3 months from the date of submission of the application to the Embassy.
  • Please note that DHL provides a “Fast Track Service” in order to get your passport in few days only for additional fees. For more information, contact Mr. Rami Fayad @202-939-6309
  • Applications for new travel document will be sent to Lebanon by diplomatic pouch and returned to the Embassy in the same way.
  • Applicants can apply for a new machine readable travel document either in person at the embassy or by mail.

Requirements to Obtain a New travel document in Person
  1. Travel document Application Form to be filled out in person at the Embassy. The signature and fingerprint of the applicant will be obtained at the Embassy in front of the Consular Officer.
  2. Three recent color photos (Size length 4.3cm x width 3.5cm => 1.69in x 1.37in) showing full details of the face with a white background (as shown in the diagram attached).
  3. A New travel document Request Form should be filled out clearly and completed.

  4. Applicant's original Individual Civil ID (Ikhraj Kayd Fardi) whose date of issuance does not exceed 3 years or blue card for Palestinian refugees (بطاقة خاصة باللاجئين الفلسطينيين) and a copy of his U.S Driver Licence or green card or Passport or visa.

  5. Your current travel document you want to replace
  6. A money order (no cash or checks accepted) payable to the Embassy of Lebanon in the amount of:
    . $40.00 for one year
    . $120 for 3 years
    . $200.00 for five years
  7. A certified or Express returned self-addressed, stamped envelope (USPS ONLY).

For more information, contact Sakiba Yaktin either by Phone 202-939-6300 ext. 1200 or by email SYaktin@lebanonembassyus.org


Requirements to Obtain a New travel document by mail

In order to obtain a new travel document by mail, you should first send the Embassy in Washington DC the following required documents:

  1. Three recent color photos (Size length 4.3cm x width 3.5cm => 1.69in x 1.37in) showing full details of the face with a white background (as shown in the diagram attached).
  2. A New travel document Request Form should be filled out clearly and completed.
  3. Applicant's original Individual Civil ID (Ikhraj Kayd Fardi) whose date of issuance does not exceed 3 years or blue card for Palestinian refugees (بطاقة خاصة باللاجئين الفلسطينيين) and a copy of his U.S Driver Licence or green card or Passport or visa.

  4. Your current travel document you want to replace
  5. A money order (no cash or checks accepted) payable to the Embassy of Lebanon in the amount of
    . $40.00 for one year
    . $120 for 3 years
    . $200.00 for five years
  6. A certified or Express returned self-addressed, stamped envelope (USPS ONLY).

For more information, contact Sakiba Yaktin either by Phone 202-939-6300 ext. 1200 or by email SYaktin@lebanonembassyus.org

Notes :
  1. Once we receive all required documents listed above, a travel document form will be sent to you with instructions on where to sign and fingerprint before a notary public or a Honorary Consul of Lebanon.
  2. The travel document has a computer generated serial number and cannot be photocopied or even printed. It must be filled and signed with a blue ballpoint pen.
  3. It is forbidden to fold the form and attach with staples to other papers; other documents can be enclosed with a paper clip.

For further information, Please contact directly Ms. Sakiba Yaktin by Phone: (202) 939-6300 ext. 1200 or E-Mail: SYaktin@lebanonembassyus.org

Palestinian Travel Document (Renewal)

Please note that according to the new Generate Directorate of General Security Regulations, The Embassy can still renew your travel document for one year, in exceptional cases provided that the applicant submit at the same time a request for a new machine readable travel document or sign an affidavit if he's traveling to Lebanon in the next 3 months, stating that he will apply for a new bio-metric machine readable travel document upon arrival.


In order to renew your TD at the Embassy, following are the requirements:

  1. Send a certified or Express self-addressed, stamped envelope (USPS ONLY) requesting 2 notarized Travel Document Registration Forms** ordered only from the Embassy or Consulate within your jurisdiction.
  2. Please note that you should fill and affix your right thumbprint on both TD Registration Forms at the Embassy/Consulate or in front of a notary public. The notary public should notarize the thumbprint and fill a notarized statement form. For the Notarization Statement Form (to be obtained by mail request from the Embassy/Consulate in your jurisdiction)

  3. Send the following documents to the Consulate/Embassy in your jurisdiction:
  • Two filled out notarized Travel Document Registration Forms (see above)
  • Three 2x2 notarized photos
  • UNRWA card and the Palastinian Blue ID card (Bitakat Iaje')
  • The expired travel document
  • Copy of Green card or US Passport or US Visa
  • Photocopies of the Travel Document pages containing the full name, photo, passport #, issue date, and expiry date (two copies of each)
  • A Travel Document request application Form in English or in Arabic (to be obtained by mail request from the Embassy/Consulate in your jurisdiction)
  • A certified or Express self-addressed, stamped envelope (USPS ONLY)
  • A money order (no cash or checks accepted) payable to the Embassy of Lebanon in the amount of:
o $40.00 for one year
o A notarized parental consent form both parents authorizing the Embassy to renew the passport for applicants under 18

Note: Please allow a period of three months for a reply for holders of travel documents issued before January 1, 1993.

For further information, Please contact directly Ms. Sakiba Yaktin by Phone: (202) 939-6300 ext.1200 or E-Mail: SYaktin@lebanonembassyus.org

Lost Passport

  • Getting a new passport will usually take between 5 and 10 weeks from the date of submission of the application to the Embassy. In case the applicant can not wait for the new passport to be issued, please contact the Embassy
  • Applications for new passports will be sent to Lebanon by diplomatic pouch and returned to the Embassy in the same way.
  • Applicants can apply for a new NAVY BLUE passport either in person or by mail.

Requirements to Obtain a Replacement for a Lost Passport in Person

  1. Passport Application Form to be filled out in person at the Embassy. The signature and fingerprint of the applicant will be obtained at the Embassy in front of the Consular Officer.
  2. Required Documents (to be added to the application):
  • A copy of the lost Lebanese passport, if available.
  • A police report clearly mentioning the lost Lebanese Passport.
  • A letter from the applicant explaining how s/he lost the passport.
  • Two recent color photos (Size length 4.3cm x width 3.5cm => 1.69in x 1.37in) showing full details of the face with a white background (as shown in the diagram attached).
  • A New Passport Request Form should be filled clearly and completed..
  • Applicant's original Individual Civil ID (Ikhraj Kayd Fardi) whose date of issuance does not exceed 10 years, or his new Lebanese I.D. card (Tazkarat al-Hawiyeh), with his U.S Driver Licence or green card or Passport.
  • A money order (no cash or checks accepted) payable to the Embassy of Lebanon in the amount of:
    • $40.00 for one year.
    • $200.00 for five years.
  • A Parental Consent Form* from both parents authorizing the Embassy to issue a new passport for applicants under 18 is required.
  • A certified or Express returned self-addressed, stamped envelope (USPS ONLY).

Requirements to Obtain a Replacement for a Lost Passport by mail

In order to obtain a new passport by mail, you should first send the Embassy in Washington DC the following required documents:

  • A copy of the lost Lebanese passport, if available.
  • A police report clearly mentioning the lost Lebanese Passport.
  • A notarized letter from the applicant explaining how s/he lost the passport.
  • Two recent color photos (Size length 4.3cm x width 3.5cm => 1.69in x 1.37in) showing full details of the face with a white background (as shown in the diagram attached).
  • A New Passport Request Form should be filled.
  • original recent Individual Civil ID (Ikhraj Kayd Fardi) whose date of issuance does not exceed 10 years, or the original new Lebanese I.D. card (Tazkarat al-Hawiyeh),with his notarized or original U.S Driver Licence or green card or Passport.
  • A money order (no cash or checks accepted) payable to the Embassy of Lebanon in the amount of:
    • $40.00 for one year.
    • $200.00 for five years.
    • A large certified or Express returned self-addressed, stamped envelope (USPS ONLY) to return the filled passport application to you with the other requirements needed for the next step.

    Notes :

    • Once we receive all required documents listed above, a passport form will be sent to you with instructions on where to sign and fingerprint.
    • The passport form has a computer generated serial number and cannot be photocopied or even printed. It must be filled and signed with a blue ballpoint pen.
    • It is forbidden to fold the form and attach with staples to other papers; other documents can be enclosed with a paper clip.
    • For further information, Please contact directly Mrs. Therese Philippe by Phone: (202) 939-6306 or E-Mail: TPhilippe@lebanonembassyus.org