Lebanon running out of passports, suspends renewal applications

Lebanon’s General Security has temporarily stopped issuing passports due to a rush that has depleted stocks

Since 2020, passport renewal requests have been ten times higher than in previous years in the face of the financial crisis [Getty- archive]

The agency in charge of issuing passports in Lebanon announced on Thursday that it has stopped taking appointments for renewals due to a rush that has depleted stocks of new passports.

Since 2020, passport renewal requests have been ten times higher than in previous years, which has increased pressure on passport centers and “affected the stocks of passports available”, General Security said in a statement.

Grappling with the worst financial crisis in its history, Lebanon has suffered a mass exodus of people that is only getting worse as politicians fail to chart a course for recovery.

Lebanese authorities still have to pay for more passports to be produced “at a time when the number of available passports is starting to run out”, the agency added.

“As a result, General Security has been forced to stop working on the passport appointment platform from April 27,” he said, adding that people with appointments pre-existing documents are still eligible for new travel documents.

The suspension will last until funds are released to the company responsible for issuing new passports, he said, meaning those who do not have existing appointments have no idea of ​​the when they could get a new passport.

Even those who were able to get appointments often had to wait months.

According to an Arab Barometer survey published this month, around half of the Lebanese population is seeking to leave the country.

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