🇱🇧 Monzo in Lebanon [Wiki]


(Tristan Thomas) #1

This is a wiki crowdsourced by the Monzo Community to help you travel with Monzo.

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Safe travels! :wave: :airplane:


Currency

Lebanon uses the Lebanese Pound (often abbreviated to LL).

Monzo users pay the Mastercard exchange rate with no added fees.

Change is relatively rare so whenever possible, try to break your bigger notes into smaller notes — this is much easier in large department stores and international chains.

Card usage

Debit card readers are relatively common in Lebanon, especially in the capital Beirut. Most upscale restaurants and bars will allow you to pay by card — but always opt to pay in Lebanese Pounds rather than US Dollars when asked. Outside of Beirut, you should always carry cash as card readers are much rarer. Contactless is very rare.

ATMs

Most ATMs in Lebanon seem to support Monzo cards, although some banks will charge an additional fee to withdraw cash (Byblos Bank). ATMs are common throughout the country and any mid-sized town has at least one.

There are ATMs in the arrivals hall at Beirut Airport that support Monzo cards, so you do not need to exchange cash in advance.

Payment and withdrawal limits

All Monzo cards have some payment and withdrawal limits. To check yours before you leave, go to your Profile section of the app and tap on Limits.

Crowdsourced merchant data

As a less popular tourist destination than many countries, the Monzo merchant data is often incorrect (eg. the map shows the wrong location or the name of the place is not correct). Please submit improvements to this data so it can get better for future visitors.

Miscellaneous

Car rental places tend to want a credit card for the deposit. Some negotiating can often smooth this over though.


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Monzo in Lebanon
(Edmund Greaves) #2

Just came back from Lebanon. Cash machines are relatively easy to find, and more modern restaurants and shops will take card (where my Monzo worked perfectly well every time). But cash is still king out there, so be ready to draw larger amounts to keep you going from ATMs.

Didn’t try all the banks…but several charged for withdrawal (up to £5). The only bank where my Monzo was refused was BLC Bank, so avoid them!


(Matt Richardson) #3

Hi @edgreav,

I’m going out to Lebanon in the next few weeks? How did you find it?

What’s your recommendations for cash / card? I was hoping to try and get by just by using my card and withdrawing a couple hundred pound in Livre.

Thanks,
Matt


(Matt Richardson) #4

Has anyone used their Monzo in Lebanon. Going in a few months and want to double check there’s no issues. There’s a pretty extensive card network in the main cities, so wondering if anyone’s got any feedback on it?

Thankkkks!!


(Jack) #5

Hi @mattrichardson

I’ve moved your post here to keep the discussion all in one place. Hopefully you shouldn’t have too many issues reading the above.

Hope you enjoy your trip!


(Matt Richardson) #6

Thanks @Jackcrwhitney

Noticed there was a Lebanon thread a looooong way day the forum!!


(Edmund Greaves) #7

Hi Matt,

In the bigger and more touristy towns cash machines and card machines in shops/restaurants were relatively prevalent, but you should be prepared to draw cash to survive on in smaller places. It was pretty affordable most places, but I went a year ago so it depends how different the value of the pound is now!

Lebanon is an amazing country, where are you planning on going when you’re there?

Ed