There are 2 phone companies in Lebanon: Alfa and MTC touch. If you want to purchase their SIM card, you must first register your mobile device to be able to access either of the 2 data networks. You can do this at the airport and will see signs. You will then purchase the SIM card and activate it by replacing it with the one in your phone. Make sure not to lose your original SIM card! If you will be roaming on your own SIM card, there is no need to register your phone. Please call your service provider to purchase appropriate data plans prior to your travel.
Passports and travel visas are required. Please make sure your passport is not expired! U.S. citizens can obtain a one-month visa on arrival at the Airport or other port of entry. Visas from the following countries are required: Brunei, Seychelles, Taiwan, Uruguay, and Vatican City. Palestinian and Israeli citizens or any other person who holds any passport bearing stamps, visas, or seals issued by Israel will likely be denied entry to the Republic of Lebanon and may be subject to arrest or detention for further inspection. People who have recently been to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are refused entry due to Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.
Please see the visa requirements from the Lebanese General Directorate of General Security:
http://www.general-security.gov.lb/en/posts/37 and/or http://general-security.gov.lb/en/posts/38
Located about 5 miles south from the center of the city, the Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport is accessible from highway 51, Hafez El Asad. The hotel is a 20-minute drive at 10 kilometers away. Upon your arrival at the airport, a Four Seasons-appointed airport greeter will be present to assist you and escort you to the car. The Four Seasons desk is located just outside the airport's sliding doors once you have passed general security. You can contact the Four Seasons-appointed airport greeters at 961 70 008823. *We recognize that travel can be unpredictable. AGBU is not responsible for any cancelations and strongly encourages travel insurance.
The hotel's main entrance is located on the waterfront and can be accessed via BCD Mir Majid Arsalan. Limousine and car rentals can be arranged in advance through the Concierge and valet parking is offered 24 hours a day and is chargeable.
A list of fully licensed taxi companies will be provided prior to the AGBU FOCUS weekend in order to ensure that vehicles meet specific safety requirements – and that passengers are guaranteed fair and consistent rates.
If you will be using your smart phone, you can download the Uber app and check upfront fares before you book a ride. Payment is completely cashless and is done though the app when you sign up for an account and input your credit card information.