Q&A on Spam information regarding ‘Cancellation of residency fees adopted by Government of Lebanon for Syrian refugees’
Q: I recently received information that the Government of Lebanon in collaboration with UNHCR cancelled residency fees for Syrian refugees and abolished the new entry categories at the border. Is it true?
A: No. The information which has been circulating recently, often under the form of a Whatsapp or text message (see below one example) is not coming from the Government of Lebanon or from UNHCR and must be considered fake.
Official communication related to the entry and stay requirements in Lebanon can be found on the GSO website: www.general-security.gov.lb In case of doubt, please approach UNHCR or partners providing legal counsel for information.
Please find here an example of a message which have been circulating these last few days.
The text says:
“UNHCR office in Beirut- Lebanon
In coordination with the Government of Lebanon and the Ministry of Interiors, UNHCR has adopted the decision /700089/ on Thursday 19/02/2015 as follows: “Cancellation of all residency fees requested from Syrian refugees as long as they are carrying a special document issued by UN agency for Syrian refugees”
And UNHCR also adopted in coordination with the Lebanese government- MOIM- secretariat of Lebanese GSO the decision /6547006/ on Thursday 19/02/2015 as follows: “admission for Syrians to enter into the Lebanese territories as refugees and get residency to live in the country as refugees without any financial cost”.
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