Announcements of the Consulate

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Extending the closure of Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut due to CORONAVIRUS

The Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne announces that, in accordance to Decree No. 6209 dated 26 March 2020 issued by the Lebanese Cabinet, which extended the declaration of the state of general mobilization to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in Lebanon issued a circular requesting all Airlines operating at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut extend the suspension of all commercial and private flights to and from Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut until Sunday, April 12, 2020 inclusive, except for military aircraft, air ambulances, aircraft transiting the Lebanese air space, Lebanese cargo planes, aircraft transporting  members of accredited diplomatic missions in Lebanon, international organizations, UNIFIL forces and persons working for companies associated with drilling operations in Block 4.

Donations to support the health sector in Lebanon to counter the Corona virus - 19/3/2020

The Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne announces that the Lebanese health sector is in need of urgent medical and financial assistance in order to combat coronavirus and the difficulties resulting from it. Therefore, those willing to help can provide any of the following medical equipments which are exempt from customs fees:

  • 1-COVID-19 PCR Test Kits
  • 2-Protective equipment: masks, gloves, gowns, goggles, eye shield
  • 3-Equipment including ventilators

Donations in kind: The High Relief Council (HRC) at its address: Starco Building, Beirut Commercial City Centre, Block C, 8th floor, Telephone number: +961 3/953103 – +961 70/244004 – +961 1/363052 – +961 1/373202.  The Council will coordinate tasks to exempt donated equipment from customs duties.

 

Financial and cash donations, account opened at the Central Bank of Lebanon (Banque du Liban):

Account Name: Ministry of Finance - Anti-Corona Donation AccountIBAN:

  • 1-LB36 0999 0000 0001 0017 0036 1885 (Lebanese Pound)
  • 2-LB88 0999 0000 0001 0027 0036 1885 (American Dollar)

Donations to Rafik Hariri University Hospital (hospital and staff) on the following account opened at the Central Bank of Lebanon (Banque du Liban):

IBAN – ليرة لبنانية LB40 0999 0000 0001 0017 1904 1200

 

Account Name: Current No. 719041190 / Donations for Employees working in The Corona Section (IBAN):

  • LB19 0999 0000 0001 0017 1904 1190 Lebanese Pound

 

The mechanism for receiving social assistance to be allocated to support families affected by procedures taken to combat the Virus is as follows:

Account Name: Ministry of Finance - Social Aid Donation Account (IBAN):

  • LB30 0999 0000 0001 0017 0036 1896Lebanese Pound
  • LB82 0999 0000 0001 0027 0036 1896American Dollar

 

Closure of Rafik Hariri International Airport due to CORONA virus -17/3/2020

The Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne announces that the Lebanese Cabinet, which was convened on 15 March 2020, has declared a state of general mobilization due to the new and accelerating health conditions as a result of the spread of the coronavirus, and has taken the following decisions:

Closing Rafik Hariri International Airport and all air, sea and land ports (land and sea portsonly for travellers) and stopping all commercial and private flights to and from the airport from midnight on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 until midnight on Sunday, 29 March 2020, excluding military aircrafts, air ambulances, aircrafts transiting Lebanese airspace, cargo planes, aircrafts transporting members of UNIFIL forces, accredited diplomatic missions in Lebanon, international organizations and personnel working for companies associated with drilling in Block 4, where these categories are, as usual, subject to prior permissions through diplomatic channels.

Permitting Lebanese citizens and their family members who do not have a Lebanese identity or residence cards, and those with residence cards to return to Lebanon up until 18 March 2020 inclusive. This permission excludes passengers from the following countries where travel has already been bannedfrom and to: France, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Germany, Spain, The United Kingdom, Italy, Iran, China (Hong Kong, Macao, ChineseTaiwan) and South Korea.

Further instructions on Coronavirus - 16/3/2020

The Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne announces that further to the preventive measures taken by the Lebanese government to counter the threat of the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), the Committee for the Follow-up of Preventive Measures for the coronavirus issued the following recommendations on March 11, 2020:

1- All trips (air, land and sea) to and from the following countries: Italy, South Korea, Iran and China (Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan) are suspended for one week from the date of the decision.

2- Entry prevention (by air, land or sea) for all persons from countries where the new Coronavirus is spreading, particularly France, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and other countries to be specified in turn, with the exception of Lebanese citizens, families of Lebanese who are yet to obtain Lebanese citizenship or residency in Lebanon, holders of valid residences in Lebanon, members of diplomatic missions accredited in Lebanon, international organizations and members of UNIFIL forces, and grant them 4 days to return to Lebanon, from 12:00 Thursday night of 12 March 2020 until 12:00 Monday night of March 16, 2020.

3- After the four-day deadline has expired, all flights from the countries mentioned in section"2" will be suspended for one week and Lebanese wishing to return must get in contact with Lebanese Embassies in the above-mentioned countries in order to take appropriate action in coordination with the General Directorate For civil aviation. Transit passengers are excluded from this procedure. Lebanese and foreigners returning to Lebanon from the above-mentioned countries who have not shown symptoms of the disease must commit to home isolation for 14 days and communicate with the Ministry of Public Health in the case of developing any symptoms.

Coronavirus prevention measures 10/3/2020

The Lebanese Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) have circulated preventive measures regarding the coronavirus in addition to launching an awareness campaign to maintain hygiene and prevention while travelling. The Ministry of Public Health has advised not to travel to infected countries except when necessary and to take all preventive health measures and avoid gatherings and contact with pets and people with symptoms similar to those of the virus. Following is a publication in Arabic and English on prevention methods while travelling: Corona.pdf

The possibility of renewing the Lebanese passport for three years: 5/3/2020

The Consulate General of Lebanon in Victoria announces that a new three year option has been added to the other options for issuance and renewal of Lebanese passports, with a fee of A$208.50. So the possibility of issuing and renewing Lebanese passports and fees are now as follows:

- One year: A$62.50

- Three-years: A$208.50

- Five-years: A$312.50

- 10 years: A$521

However, the option of issuing and renewing the passport for three years and 10 years is only applicable to holders of biometric passports issued in Lebanon.

Announcement from the Lebanese Embassy in Canberra and the Lebanese General Consulates in Sydney and Melbourne concerning the Correction of Electoral Lists 2020-2021 -  5/3/2020

 

Pursuant to Articles 32, 33 and 34 of Election Law No. 44 dated 17 June 2017, the Directorate General of Civil Status in the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities in Lebanon has published the preliminary electoral lists and invited resident and non-resident voters to view them on the official website of the Directorate General of Civil Status: https://www.dgcs.gov.lb/arabic/voters-list

Voters whose names are not on the published electoral lists or have been wrongly registered are required to apply for correction before March 10, 2020, including either to the registration committee directly for residents or to the Embassy or Consulate concerned for non-residents. 

Note that the application forms for correction of electoral lists for non-residents are available on the following link: https://www.dgcs.gov.lb/arabic/forms-files

The Directorate General of Civil Status has issued a CD containing the preliminary electoral lists and anyone is entitled to obtain copies at a cost equal to 35,000 Lebanese pounds per copy.

Signing of the book: Lebanese in Australia: A Changing Mosaic 28/11/2019


On 24 November 2019, a book by Trevor and Andrew Batrouney entitled: LEBANESE IN AUSTRALIA: A CHANGING MOSAIC was signed at the Northcote Town Hall with the participation of some members of the Lebanese Community.

The book contains important information about the waves of Lebanese migration to Australia from the 1880s to today, and how they integrated and contributed to Australian society in all its fields, as well as some old photographs and documents of this migration.

The book can be viewed on the publisher's website:

https://www.connorcourtpublishing.com.au/Lebanese-in-Australia-A-Changing-Mosaic--Trevor-Batrouney-and-Andrew-Batrouney_p_324.html

Parliamentary by-elections in the small district in Tyre on 15 September 2019


The by-elections in the Small District in Tyre will be held on 15 September 2019 in accordance to the Majority System, and since the voting process will not take place abroad, Lebanese Citizens residing abroad and whose names are on the voters' lists in this district can exercise their right to vote at the selected election polls in the Small District in Tyre
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 Exemption from transfer fees and real estate settlement of properties on which Palestinian camps are located

Article 29 of the General Budget Act and Subsequent Budgets of 2019 - Section 3 –that was issued on 31/7/2019, states: "Exceptionally, and contrary to any other provision, owners of properties on which the Palestinian camps are located are exempt from transfer fees of property and real estate settlement upon their transfer to immediate inheritors until the 31st of March 2020."

Accordingly, the Consulate General in Melbourne calls upon the owners of these properties in the Lebanese community to take advantage of this law before the deadline.

 Melbourne, 8/8/2019

Preserving the Arabic Language

The Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne urges the Lebanese community to preserve their mother tongue by teaching their children the Arabic language, reading and writing, and to this end provides the following website of the Victorian Government for the teaching of languages (Victorian School of Languages: www.vsl.vic.edu.au) where a student can enter the post code for the area in which he/she is living to find the nearest school close to his/her residence from a list of approved schools that teaches Arabic language on Saturdays.

The consulate also lists below a number of Lebanese-Australian schools that teach our mother tongue and invite the Lebanese community to register in them

Antonine College

Cedar Campus

130 Harding St

Coburg VIC 3058

Tel: (03) 9354 1377

Saint Joseph Campus

71 Grandview Ave

Pascoe Vale South 3044

Email: enrolments@antonine.catholic.edu.au

Website: www.antonine.catholic.edu.au

Glenroy Private School

93 Daley St

Glenroy VIC 3046

Tel: (03) 9306 7988

Email: admin@glenroyprivate.vic.edu.au

Website: www.glenroyprivate.vic.edu.au

(Al Kamal Arabic School (Saturday classes)

Thomas Mitchell Primary School

Thomas Mitchell Drive

Endeavour Hills Vic 3802

Tel: 0434 540 404

Website: www.alkamal.org.au

A draw was held on the 2nd of April for the first return ticket to Lebanon for those who applied to rest
 their Lebanese nationality


On April 2, 2019, a draw was held at the Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne for the first return ticket to Lebanon for those who submitted their citizenship applications since the prize was announced in October 2018. The ticket was won by Mr. Andrew Batrouney, who attended the offices of the Consulate General and received his prize from the Consul General Dr. Ziad Itani.

Mr. Batrouney expressed his delight in winning the return ticket, which is an opportunity for him to visit the ancestral land to learn more about its archaeological and touristic attractions and visit his home town.

A second return ticket will be drawn on the Independence Day in November 2019. The consulate General calls upon all descendants of Lebanese origin, to submit their applications to benefit from this draw.

Voting for the Lebanese who are residing outside Lebanon in the upcoming By-Elections in Tripoli on the 14th of April 2019




The Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne invites all Lebanese residing in Victoria, according to the decision of the Constitutional Council number 10, dated 21-02-2019, who wish to participate in the voting process on the 14th of April 2019, to fill the vacant parliamentary seat in Tripoli which will be run on one course and according to the majority ballot, to view the electoral lists belonging to the small Tripoli district in North Lebanon governorate, via the following link:

http://www.dgps.gov.lb/election/index.php

Please note: Those wishing to participate in the poll must come in person to Lebanon with a Lebanese identity card
or a valid Lebanese passport.

Decreeby the Lebanese Minister of Tourism regarding the organization of Beauty Pageantevents in Lebanon and abroad dated 14/11/2018

 

The Lebanese Minister of Tourism, Mr.AvedisGuidanianissued Decree No. 282 dated 14/11/2018 regarding the organization of Beauty Pageantevents in Lebanon and abroad, which consists of three articles:

Article 1: The establishment and organization of the Miss Lebanonevents, whether held and organized in Lebanon or abroad, and all other beauty ceremonies held in Lebanon, be it by Lebanese or none Lebanese individuals or organizations, shall be subject to a license issued by the Minister of Tourism pursuant to the provisions of Article 4 of the Decree 9427/68.

Article 2: Any violation of the provisions of Article 1 of this decree will result in the election’soutcome not being recognizedby the Lebanese authorities, and local and international bodies will be notified and advisednot to give recognition and the provisions of Article 770 of the Penal Code shall be applied against the violator.

Article 3: All decisions that contradict with the provisions of this decree shall be canceled.

Article 4: This decree is published where necessary and shall be effective immediately upon its publication in the Public Journal.

Implementing the Lebanese Migrant Museum 26/10/2018

In the process of equipping the Lebanese Migrant Museum in Lebanon to document the history of Lebanese dispersion in the world and with the objective of preserving the cultural heritage for future generations, the Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne kindley asks the Lebanese community to provide it with images and films related to expatriates or any ancient items that can be displayed in the museum, using the highest technologies and visual and acoustic effects

An example of what can be provided to the consulate: Old identity cards, old passports, photographs of old visa stamps, photographs of old title deeds, old possessions of immigrants, letters highlighting the relationship between the immigrant and his family, old newspapers or publications, or any old belongings that you may consider suitable to be displayed at the museum.

The opening of Gibran Khalil Gibran's Exhibition in Melbourne on 27/11/2018 


The Gibran Khalil Gibran (Kahlil Gibran) exhibition was opened on 27/11/2018 at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne under the title "The Garden of the Prophet".  The exhibition includes a number of paintings and writings of Gibran Khalil Gibran, as well as some of his personal items, which were brought specifically to Melbourne from the Museum of Gibran in Bsharri to showcase the works of the writer and the great Lebanese poet to the Lebanese community, the descendants of Lebanese origin and the Australians.  The Consulate General encourages everyone to visit the exhibition which will run from 28 November 2018 to 17 March 2019. The exhibition was sponsored by the Bank of Sydney and the Gibran Khalil Gibran National Committee, with funding from the Council for Australian Arab Relations of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The exhibition is located at:
Immigration Museum
400 Flinders St, MELBOURNE 3000

The new option to renew Biometric Passports for ten years starting from 5/9/2018 

The Lebanese Consulate General in Melbourne announces that adult Lebanese citizens are eligible to exchange their biometric passports for another biometric passport with 10 years validity, (cost $521.00).  The option of renewing the ordinary non-biometricand machine-readable passports (2003 Version) remains unchanged, for a one year validity, (cost $62.50) or a five year validity, (cost $312.50). The applications will be sent to the General Directorate of General Security in Lebanon to be implemented and returned to the Mission. These applications can be sent by diplomatic pouch or by DHL according to the existing procedures available on the following website: http://fasttracklb.dhl.com

Details request from the Lebanese - Australian Clubs -  1/08/2018  

  The Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne kindly requests that all Lebanese - Australian clubs, associations and organizations, (civil, religious, political, media, etc…) operating in the State of Victoria, provide this mission with a clear and full detailed list that includes the name of the club/association/organization, postal, website and social media addresses (if available), names of the President and Administrative Board members with their titles, postal addresses, and emails for the purpose of renewing the Consulate’s data base and to facilitate future communication in preparation for various invitations and events. In order to achieve this goal, the Mission also requests to be periodically informed of any changes in the names, addresses and emails that may take place in any future elections or appointments.

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