Lebanon to adopt biometric passports for diplomats

LEBANON – Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil announced a plan Monday to supply all diplomatic figures in Lebanon with biometric passports to match international standards.

“These passports can be used in all the embassies in the world,” Bassil said during an announcement held at the Foreign Ministry in Beirut Monday morning.

“This will grant [Lebanese] citizens greater protection.”

The move comes after General Security started issuing biometric passports to the Lebanese public last August.

Biometric passports use a contactless microchip containing important information about the document holder that border guards around the world can use to verify the document indeed belongs to the traveller. Lebanon is among the numerous countries adopting the biometric passports in line with changing international standards.