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Visitors to Lebanon Required to Register Mobile Phones at Airports

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Nearly three quarters of all mobile phones in use in Lebanon have been smuggled in the country, the government has claimed.

Telecoms Minister Sehnaoui has now announced a clampdown on smuggling that will come into effect from this June.

He said the crackdown on smuggling would boost state revenues by $60 million a year through taxation on legitimate handset sales.

The plan is to require the mobile networks to block any handset where the serial number has not been registered with customs when imported into the country. The blocks would only affect phones sold from June onwards.

However, roaming visitors in the country, although clearly roaming on the mobile networks and distinct from using local SIM cards will still have to register their serial number with officials when entering the country. Otherwise their handset will not work.

On the web: Daily Star

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