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Requirements for a photo permission in Lebanon


Can anyone share details about current permission requirements to shoot in the Palestinian refugee camps and overall in Lebanon? I’m coming in few days there..

I googled a lot and just found some outdated informations. I believe I need to go to Ministry of Information or Ministry of Defense with the press card + a letter from the agency/publisher.

My questions are:
- which ministry?
- how long it can take to get the permissions (i guess these permissions are the easiest ones to get there)
- what should be stated in the letter?
- is it better to state that I’m coming as a photojournalist or tourist at the airport’s security check?
- is there any problem to arrive at the BEY airport full of photography gear? i heard that the customs officer can confiscate it as you can look as a seller. does the press card/letter can save me from this situation?

Note: I am NOT interested in the south of Lebanon and I know it takes time to get the permissions there both from the gov and hezbollah.

Thanks in advance,
feel free to contact me off the LS ls@bartskowron.com


by Bart Skowron at 2012-08-31 00:39:29 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hi Bart,

From my experience, you need to go to the ministry of Information, with :
- the letter from your newspaper/agency, stating your exact job, the dates of your stay. It can also mention what themes you’re working on.
- A couple of ID pictures (there’s a photo shop on the same side of the street, a block further)
- Press card
- passport

It takes a couple of hours to a full day. I don’t remember exactly, but it isn’t very long, and it was even shorter the second time I went there.

I don’t remember saying to the airport security I was a journalist, and I still got my authorizations, even for south Lebanon. I never had troubles with my gear either (that was between october 2010 and may 2011, maybe things have changed)

For the Palestinian refugee camps, it depends, I think you’ll have to get army permission for the one near Sidon. As for Burj el Barajneh, Sabra and Chatila, no special permission required, it’s good if you have contacts inside.

Good luck!

by Juliette Robert | 31 Aug 2012 06:08 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Thank you Juliette! The information you shared with me is very valuable and sounds not that hard.

If anyone has more up-to-date information don’t hasitate to say the word ;)


by Bart Skowron | 31 Aug 2012 09:08 | Wrocław, Poland | | Report spam→

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Bart Skowron, photojournalist Bart Skowron
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Juliette Robert, Photojournalist Juliette Robert
Antananarivo , Madagascar


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