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Have you obtained a short-stay ‘Schengen’ visa over the past 5 years, or would you like to make your voice heard on how these visas are issued? The European Commission (hereinafter the 'Commission') is reviewing the procedures for issuing 'Schengen' visas and would like to hear your views on them. The idea is to modernise the current visa policy and your input via this public consultation will help us to make the right changes.
The situation regarding migration and security in Europe has fundamentally changed during the past few years. The visa process is a key tool to prevent risks of irregular migration and security risks to the European Union (EU). At the same time, visa policy fosters economic growth and cultural exchange by facilitating the process for travellers to the EU who comply with the legal entry criteria, such as business people, tourists, students and young people. We are considering whether the EU's policy on visas still strikes the right balance between these objectives and how it can be changed to address current challenges in terms of migration and mobility, including how visa policy could be used in the EU's relationship with third countries.
That is why the Commission wants to hear from the main ‘users’ of the common visa policy: individuals, interest groups, advocacy groups, think tanks and professional organisations. We want to hear from as broad a range of users as possible, as it is important to get views and input from all stakeholders.
You can find the entry page to the questionnaire here:
The consultation will run until 2nd February 2018
Generally, a short-stay visa issued by one of the Schengen States entitles its holder to travel throughout the 26 Schengen States for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Visas for visits exceeding that period remain subject to national procedures.
Applications for Schengen visas shall be submitted to the Embassies. For contact details, see below.
For more information on the Schengen visa policy, follow the link Schengen, borders and visas.
For a set of frequently asked questions on Schengen visas, please follow the link Schengen FAQs.
Please note that it is necessary for staff working under projects financed by the EU to obtain a visa from a Lebanese embassy abroad before entering the country.
This obligation applies both to short stays (1-90 days) and to long stays (over 3 months). Unless such a visa is obtained prior to arriving to the country, the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not issue the necessary residency permit (a residency permit is needed for stays exceeding 3 months). The visa obligation is valid also for accompanying family members.
Please note that it is not possible to obtain such visas upon arrival to Rafic Hariri International Airport.
NB: Please make sure to tick the box “Business” (and not “Tourism”) regarding the purpose of your visit on the immigration form that has to be filled when arriving to the Beirut airport. Ticking the wrong box will lead to delays in issuing the necessary work permit later on.
Lazarieh Bldg., Bloc A, 10th floor, Central District, Beirut
P.O.Box 11-1600, Riad el Solh, Beirut
Tel: 01/976 001 - Fax: 01/976 007
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3, Abou El Feda Str., Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Tel: 00202 273 83 155 - Fax: 00202 273 55 812
Embassies Complex, Army Str., Zkak el Blatt, Serail Hill, Beirut P.O.Box 11-5190 Beirut
Tel: 01/991 001/2/3 - Fax: 01/991 006
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Tabaris 812 Bldg., Bloc C, 4th floor, Ashrafieh, Beirut
P.O.Box 16-5513 Ashrafieh, Beirut
Tel/Fax: 01/218 860/1
Damascus Str., Beirut
Tel: 01/420 000 - Fax: 01/420 013
23 Muhammad Mazhar Str., Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Tel.: 00202 273 66 461 - Fax: 00202 273 65 139
Netherlands Tower, Charles Malek Ave., Ashrafieh, Beirut
P.O.Box 16-7190 Beirut
Tel: 01/211 150 - Fax: 01/211 174
Consular Email: email@example.com
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Makarios Ave. No. 9 – Severis Bldg., 5th floor, Nicosia, Cyprus
P.O.Box 27407, 1645 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel: 00 357 22 375 131 - Fax: 00 357 22 756 456
Honorary Consulate General of Sweden in Beirut
Fattal Bldg., ground floor, Dany Chamoun Str., Sin El Fil, Beirut
Tel: 01/485 489 - Fax: 01/512 118
Embassies Complex, Army Str., Zkak el Blat, Serail Hill, Beirut
P.O.Box 11-471 Beirut
Tel: 01/960 800 - Fax: 01/960 855
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
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