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Artistic Enterprises

Definition:
An artistic firm or a commercial private institution that recruits foreign artists. The latter preform in shows, exhibits, or an artistic achievement of some sort, in Lebanon.
 
Artist:
A person that performs professionally in fine arts, or on a superior level in arts and craft, or any applied art (such as music, theater, cinema, dance, televised animation, radio, circuses, shows, imitations, advertisements, paintings, drawings, photograph, tattoo, engraving, sculptures, and decorations).
 
The required documents:
  • Certified copy of the investment permit
  • An extract of commercial register
  • A certificate of registration held by the firm
  • An extract of financial register
  • A financial statement
  • A certified copy of the ID card held by the owner of the firm
  • A certified copy of the ID card held by the guarantor, if the latter exists.
  • A proxy done via a notary
  • Singers, musicians, animators, circus artists, dancers, as well as more cultural artists such as international orchestras, ballet dancers, sport show artists, water-skiing artists, figure skating artists, theater, are exempted from artist taxes. They are granted a touristic visa, except the sport players, and coaches, that come to work In Lebanon for a period superior to one year.
 
The latter have to have In hand the related contracts, and work documents required, that conform to foreign regulations.
 
 
Singers:


Arab or foreign singers, that are filming a video clip, or a promotional clip, a or music video, are exempted from artist taxes as well, and are granted an entry visa by the general security - public relations bureau.
 
The artists that wish to work in Lebanon, have to have an entry visa in hand that has been delivered by the general security – artist bureaus. The interested party has to apply for this visa, whether it’s the firm or the convener, they must specify the date and duration of work, as well as the remuneration of the artist.
 
NB: these artists cannot work for more than 6months, without interruption. They can eventually return to work after an absence period equivalent to their last professional stay in Lebanon.
Arab artists, and members of international artistic groups are exempted from this.
 
Actors of advertisements: that play in promotional videos, as well as televised advertisements, newspaper and magazine advertisements, and billboards.

NB: These artists cannot work for more than 6months, without interruption. They can eventually return to work after an absence period equivalent to their last professional stay in Lebanon.
Arab artists, and members of international artistic groups are exempted from this.


Advertisement actors can work in Lebanon as artists, or models but the opposite remains untrue.
 
  • : that work in touristic institutions except night clubs. Their entry requires a visa granted previously by the general security.
 
These artists cannot work for more than 6months, without interruption. They can eventually return to work after an absence period equivalent to their last professional stay in Lebanon.
 
A model cannot work as such, if she has already worked as an artist. As for artists
 
Requested documents when it comes to artists:

- Two filled applications
- A guarantee engagement
- A work contract that has been dated and signed by both interested parties, containing the duration, and location of the show, as well as the remuneration given to the artist.
- A work attestation delivered by the interested firm
- A financial guarantee of 2 000 000 L.B.P for each artist
- A certified copy of the ID card held by the convener
- A certified colored copy of the passport held by the artist
- An ID photo of the artist (4x4)
- A fiscal stamp
- An investment license held by the firm or the restaurant where the show will be performed
- The official stamp of the enterprise on all documents
 
For models and communication / advertisement artists:


- Two filled applications
- A guarantee engagement
- A work contract that has been dated and signed by both interested parties, containing the duration, and location of the show, as well as the remuneration given to the artist.
- A work attestation delivered by the interested firm
- A certified copy of the ID card held by the guarantor
- A certified colored copy of the passport held by the artist
- An ID photo of the artist (4x4)
- Four fiscal stamps
- The official stamp of the enterprise on all documents
- A financial guarantee of 2 000 000 L.B.P for each artist / model
- Parental authorization for minors
- A certified proxy done via a notary when it comes to the procedures done at the general security bureaus.
 
Acceleration the above-mentioned procedures: (48hours)
 
The interested party applies for an accelerated visa (an emergency visa). He has to hand out the requested documents, and then wait for a response from the general security. His records are analyzed and a response is given, if the latter is positive, he must show up at the bureau of public relations, to pay the requested fees. A receipt is given to him, which he will later have to bring to the artist bureau. The records will be reviewed, before granting the visa in a 2 day period.
 
The owner / his representative, and the artist / dancer have to show up at the general security – artist division, 4 days before the end of the first month. They must have in hand 2 ID photos that conform to norms and regulations, as well as the passport of the artist.
 
The arrival of the artists-model-advertisement actors:


The role of the border points: (upon entry)
 
  1. Research and legal investigations: if he has an artist record, investigations are conducted to verify everything, if the former has an artist visa that conforms to norms, then his passport shall be stamped with an entry visa valid for 48hours.
If he does not have an artist visa, a tourism visa shall be granted to him, he cannot work as an artist though without showing up at the bureau of artists – general security.
 
 
Medical exams:
Arab and foreign dancers must endure medical exams, and laboratory exams, when their stay exceeds one month. They have to repeat those every 3 months. Advertisement artists have to follow the same terms. As for models they do not endure any medical exam.
 
Work contract:
Models / Artists must sign a contract within 48hours of their arrival to Lebanon, at the department of Arabs and foreigners – artists division, general security.
This contract is done between the model and the owner of the agency. The work hours shall be specified, as well as the durations, dates and locations of the show. The remuneration of the artist / model as well as the address of her stay is also specified.
 
Entry Visa:
The artists and models are granted an entry visa equivalent to the execution period mentioned in the contract (30days). The latter is renewable every month, upon agreement of both parties. A 3month visa can be granted according to the contract if the fees have been paid.
 
Fees:
25 000 L.B.P – every month for each artist if the location of the show is in the class B (1 or 2 stars)
50 000 L.B.P – every month for each artist if the location of the show is in the class A (3 stars or more)
Modeling agencies are exempted from fees appointed to artists, when it comes to fashion shows, for a period of one week at the most, 2 times a year.
 
Models that participate in fashion shows during the month of sale promotions, and summer festivals, are exempted from artist fees.
 
Fees are required at each additional entry, and every time her stay exceeds the previously appointed duration. This is the case, every time her stay exceeds on week, or the month of sale promotions, as well as the summer festival.
 
The model has to show up at the general security before departure to be granted an authorization to do so, having in hand a financial statement, and her passport. The firm notifies the general security of the date of departure, if the model cannot show up at the artist division in order to sign the cancelation of the contract and pay the fees.
During the month of sales promotions, as well as the summer festivals, and the 2 weeks given, the model shall be notified a deadline to leave.
 
General instructions: military retirees must no work at pubs, night clubs, or massage / physical therapy institutes.
 

G.S. Addresses

Central Direction
Central Direction
Phone number
Adlyeh - Sami el Soleh street
01/386610 - 01/425610
 
Adress 
01/612401/2/5
Adlyeh - Sami el Solesh
 
 
Headquarter at the Border
Headquarter at the Border
Beirut International Airport
01/629150/1/2 - 01/628570
Port of Beirut
01/584400
Port of Jounieh
09/932852
Port of Tripoli
06/600789
Arida
06/820101
Aboudieh
06/815151
Bakiha
06/860023
Kaa
08/225101
Masnaa
08/620018
Port of Sour
07/742896
Port of Saida
07/727455
Nakoura
07/460007
Port of Jiyeh
09/995516
 
Beirut
Beirut
The department of Beirut
01/429061 - 01/429060
 
North
North
North
06/431778
Tripoli
06/625572
Menieh
06/463249
Zgharta
06/661671
Bchareh
06/671199
Al koura
06/950552
Batroun
06/642384
Al danieh
06/490798-06/490877
North (second bureau)
06/695496
Mechmoch
06/895182
Halba
06/690004
Kobayat
06/350028
 
Beqaa
Beqaa
The department of Beqaa
08/803666
Zahle
08/823935
Jeb Jannine
08/660095
Rachaya
08/590620
(The department of beqaa (second bureau
08/370577
Chmestar
08/330106
Hermel
08/200139
Der el Ahmar
08/321136
 
South
South
South
07/724890
Saida
07/735534
Sour
07/741737
Jezzine
07/780501
Jouyah
07/411891
(South (second bueau
07/760727
Nabatieh
07/761886
Bent Jbeil
07/450010
Marjaayoun
07/830301
Hasbaya
07/550102
Jbaa
07/211418
Tebnin
07/326318
 
Mount Lebanon
Mount Lebanon
Mount Lebanon
05/920090
Baabda
05/920090
Berj - Albarajne - Medhat Alhaj
01/471912
Al Maten
01/888647
Keserwan
09/934425
Jbeil
09/945868
Hemena
05/533005
Douhour elchwayr
04/392281
(Mount Lebanon (Second bureau
05/501926
Aley
05/554864
Chwayfet
05/431142
Chouf
05/503529
Iqlim- Al Kharroub
07/242047