To see the most beautiful place in Lebanon, foreign visitors should rent a car. International driving permits are required for foreign visitors who are planning to drive in Lebanon.

The main road traffic rules:

  • Driving is on the right hand side of the road.
  • Seat belts when driving are mandatory.
  • The use of a cell phone without a hands-free system while driving is prohibited.
  • Drivers must obedient to traffic control devices.
  • Drivers must stop at all military checkpoints.
  • Stopping at sidewalk area is forbidden.
  • Pedestrians on crosswalks always have right of way.
  • Every driver must obey to a signal or direction of a police officer.

Additional information:

  • For hire a vehicle in Lebanon, a driver must be at least 21 years old and have held a driver license for 2 years or more.  Some rental companies require charging extra from drivers under 25 years old.
  • There are no toll roads in Lebanon.
  • As a rule, on-street parking has a maximum duration of 2 hours.
  • While operating a car, drivers must carry their valid driver licenses, car registration and insurance documents.
  • The police phone number is 125.
  • Local drivers very often exceed the speed limits and do not respect other traffic rules. As accidents are common, driving is very hazardous in Lebanon.
  • It is not permitted to place injurious material or obstruction on the street.
  • Road rules are effectively non-existent.
  • The Lebanese like to hoot so horns are common used.
  • On Lebanese roads, any driver must focus on what is in front of his car and what is coming in from the sides.
  • To avoid a head-on collision, drivers should approach every blind bend wide and slowly as someone may overtake in that moment.
  • There is no right of way on most intersections.

Lebanese Road Traffic Signs

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