Travel Information

Entering Lebanon
The Beirut International Airport is Lebanon’s only airport. Travelers with evidence of a visit to Israel on their passport are denied from entering Lebanon.
A visa is mandatory to enter Lebanon. Visas can be obtained from the Lebanese consulate or embassy in your country. For some foreign nationals, visas can be obtained upon arrival at the airport just before passport control.

For information on visa requirements, please refer to Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Security by clicking on the links below:
Visa Letter
Citizens of some countries may not be eligible for a visa upon arrival at the Beirut International Airport. In this case, a visa should be obtained prior to the travel date from any of the Lebanese consulate or embassy in the country in question.

In case a visa letter is required, one can be requested after registering for the conference, by sending an email to BEmenaBeirut2019@usek.edu.lb with your name, affiliation, postal address, and the mention “Visa Recommendation Letter” in the subject field.
Travel Document
Make sure that your passport remains at hand at all times; you may be required to show it as ID at security checkpoints.

Air Transportation

Middle East Airlines is the national carrier, with an extensive network covering Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.
The Beirut International Airport is served by major international airlines, including:

Air France (airline code AF)          Middle East Airlines (airline code ME)
Alitalia (airline code AZ)          Qatar Airways (airline code QR)
British Airways (airline code BA)          Royal Jordanian Airline (airline code RJ)
EgyptAir (airline code MS)          Saudia (airline code SV)
Gulf air (airline code GF)          TunisAir (airline code TU)
Kuwait Airways (airline code KU)           Turkish Airlines (airline code TK)
 Lufthansa (airline code LH)          

For a complete list of carriers with flights to/from Beirut, check the Beirut International Airport website.
Hotel Accommodation

Burj On Bay Hotel

Whether you are staying at BURJ ON BAY 5-star hotel for business or leisure, or to attend an event, such as a wedding or a conference, our team provides a warm welcome that will leave you feeling inspired and relaxed.
Superbly located in Tabarja, our hotel is a few minutes away from key city attractions and a 10-minute drive from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK).
Each of the 129 sea view rooms and suites is designed so that the guest feels very comfortable and enjoys a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. With 5 different restaurants to choose from, your stay at BURJ ON BAY will be exceptional and memorable. Our internationally trained chefs are passionate about cooking; they use the finest ingredients and only serve the highest quality food and drinks. It is this attention to the smallest details that makes all the difference.

Inquire reservations@burjonbay.com ;
Corporate rates available to the participants (Code: USEK – AACSB conference)
Phone number +961 9 857 555
Address Tabarja – Kfaryassine
www.burjonbay.com

The city of Jounieh

Located along the Mediterranean coast, Jounieh is the city of ancient civilizations and a modern business center near or within a reasonable distance of the Casino du Liban, the Beirut International Airport, the Cedars of Becharre, Byblos, the Jeita Grotto, and the Our Lady of Lebanon shrine. This city retains a certain old-era charm: its cobbled souk area, known as “Old Jounieh”, has recently been regenerated and now displays a mix of outdoor cafés and restaurants, boutiques, artisan shops, banks, supermarkets, nightclubs and hotels of various categories.


Other Tourist Sites in the Area

                             
Byblos (Jbeil) is a popular tourist destination to the north of Jounieh. Like many of Lebanon’s coastal cities, it has seen many civilizations, from the Phoenicians to the Greeks and the Crusaders.             The Jeita Grotto is the largest cave in Lebanon (9,050 m long). First discovered in 1836, the cave is composed of an upper and a lower grotto. A cable car takes visitors to the entrance of the upper grotto, which is open year round for walking tours, to admire its impressive stalactites and stalagmites.             Our Lady of Lebanon (Harissa): The 8.5-m landmark bronze statue of the Virgin Mary was inaugurated in 1908. Pope John Paul II visited the shrine in May 1997. The shrine is located on the Harissa hilltop, at an altitude of 600 meters and offers a panoramic view of the coastline. It is also accessible by cable car from Jounieh.
Other information
Climate: Lebanon has a mild Mediterranean climate and four distinct seasons. The conference date falls in spring, where the temperature usually varies between 15 and 25°C (58-72°F) along the coast.

Currency: The official Lebanese currency is the Lebanese Pound or lira (LBP). Notes are available in denominations of: LBP 1,000; LBP 5,000; LBP 10,000; LBP 20,000; LBP 50,000; and LBP 100,000. There are also LBP 250 and LBP 500 coins.
U.S. dollars are widely used throughout the country.
The US$/LBP exchange rate is relatively stable, hovering around US$1 = LBP 1,500.
The Euro/LBP exchange rate is hovering around 1 Euro = LBP 1,700.
Money or traveler's checks can be exchanged at banks, private money exchange shops, and major hotels. Major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club) are widely accepted throughout the country. ATMs are also widely available and will usually dispense both U.S. dollars and Lebanese pounds.

Language: Arabic is the official language. English and French are widely spoken.

Time: Lebanese time is G.M.T. +2 hours in winter (October to March) and +3 hours in summer (April to September), when daylight savings time is observed.

Electricity: Electricity is 220 volts, 50 Hz. A two-pin plug, with round pins is commonly used (Type C, similar to many European countries), but other types of plugs are also in use. Adapters may be needed and can be usually found in the market.

Public Transportation: Public transportation is not well developed. Taxis are the most efficient way of transportation, and taxi fares are not expensive. There are three types of taxis:
Service-taxis: The passenger has to specify his destination and enter the taxi only if it corresponds to the itinerary of the Service-taxi. The driver stops to pick up additional passengers anywhere on the streets and drop them off generally in main squares and main streets. It remains advantageous with very low fares.
Traditional taxis: The driver must not pick up additional passengers. Most of these taxis are not equipped with meters, so it is recommended to negotiate the fare before embarking.
On-call taxis: Pick up people who have pre-booked by phone. They don’t respond to hails in the street. They don’t have a meter so passengers should agree a price before starting a journey.

Tourism: For touristic sites, maps, or additional information about Lebanon, visit the website of the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism
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