Can I visit Arab countries with an Israeli stamp in my passport?

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Good question. Some Arab countries have reasonably good diplomatic relations with Israel and visiting these countries (listed below) after a visit to Israel shouldn’t be a problem whatsoever. However, there are of course a number of Arab countries that would rather curl up and die than have a visitor with an Israel-stamped passport (Oh My Allah!) step through their immigration…

As many visitors to Israel often make short trips over the border to Jordan and Egypt/the Sinai Peninsula, the question of whether an Israeli stamp in your passport will limit travel to these countries is a very valid one.

If you’re looking to visit Israel AFTER visiting an Arab/Muslim country, read this. You might also want to check out the questions Israeli immigration are likely to ask you at border control.

Fortunately, the list of Arab nations that are more than happy to accept visitors with Israeli stamps in their passport include two of Israel’s immediate neighbors, Egypt and Jordan. It might not surprise you that the two other countries that share a land border (but not a crossing point) with Israel, Lebanon and Syria, do NOT permit visitors to their country if any trace of a visit to Israel is found in a passport.

And what is meant by “any trace of a visit to Israel”? Well, eagle-eyed immigration clerks are often on the lookout for indications of a visit to Israel, as they know it is standard practice for Israeli immigration to stamp entry and exit visas on a separate piece of paper (if requested). What can give the game away and cause the end of your visit is Egyptian or Jordanian border control stamps if you popped across the border from Israel to Amman, Cairo or Sinai. This is evidence enough that you visited the evil state of Israel and you will be wished Bon Voyage right back to where you came from. Even security check stickers and luggage tags issued at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport have been known to bring visits to an end, so get rid of all traces of these if you plan on visiting any of the countries in the list of “bad guys” below.

UPDATE EARLY 2013: Israeli passport control now stamps a separate piece of paper, which is actually a small slip of paper that fits into your passport. They stamp it whether you want it or not. However, the issue of Jordanian and Egyptian passport control stamping your passport (and hence showing signs of you being in Israel) still remains…

Arab/Muslim countries that accept visitors with Israeli stamped passports:

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Oman
  • Morocco

Arab/Muslim countries that DO NOT accept visitors with Israeli stamped passports:

  • Syria
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Kuwait
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Yemen

For those of you with Israeli passports, the following list might be of interest.

Arab/Muslim countries that ALLOW entry for Israeli citizens:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Tunisia
  • Jordan
  • Qatar
  • Oman
  • Morocco
  • Mauritania

Some tips on how to visit Arab countries after visiting Israel…

Our hot tip for avoiding any future issues when visiting Arab countries: get a second passport. Americans should find this is easy to do: you will have to answer a questionnaire as to why you need it, but then you’ll get a passport valid for two years. So use this passport for visiting Israel and your regular passport for anywhere else in the world.

If a second passport is out of the question, when arriving in Israel ask the immigration clerk to issue the entry stamp on a separate piece of paper because you intend visiting Arab countries after your visit to Israel. It shouldn’t be a problem and has become standard practice for Israeli officials, who have become very familiar with the problem of travelers later visiting Arab countries. Apparently, if you have one of the new biometric passports, the Israeli officials have all your details on computer so won’t stamp your passport anyway.

Another hot tip: use Cyprus as your Middle Eastern gateway to Arab countries. Of course, immigration will know from which country (Cyprus) the plane has come from, but the plane before?

One last tip: always check with your embassy or tour operator about any visa restrictions. Things change all the time, so hopefully things will have changed for the better when you make your travel plans…

If you’re looking to visit Israel AFTER visiting/working in an Arab/Muslim country, check out our tips here.


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    • Vania Melamed

      January 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      DON’T FORGET: Regardless if you do NOT have an Israeli passport or stamp on your passport, or were never an Israeli citizen, you CANNOT visist Saudia if you are a Jew!!!!!!!!!!! Very important for people on business or news reporters if they are Jewish. Saudia has more than a hatred for Israel, but also for the entire People of the Book. So if you’re Jewish, convert to Islam or forget about visiting beautiful Saudi Arabia. :) Happy trails…

      • Didier

        September 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm

        That is not true!

      • Digityogi

        December 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

        My understanding is that you can visit Saudia Arabia but you can’t visit Mecca.

      • Michael

        February 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm

        I am Jewish and have had no trouble visiting Saudi Arabia as part of my work. In the “Religion” blank on the visa application, I put down “Jewish” and they returned my visa and passport in the normal amount of time.

        • rock

          December 25, 2015 at 1:32 am

          You can only go to Saudi for work. You cannot visit as a tourist if you are Jewish in Saudi Arabi. They are antisemitic. They only issue visa’s to Jews if it’s a work visa only! For many years they wouldn’t even issue work visas to the Jews.

          • J

            June 11, 2017 at 3:18 pm

            You can’t just visit Saudi as a tourist anyway, they control who comes into their country and it is very limited.

      • John

        February 15, 2015 at 2:05 am

        Looks like a good list of countries you would not want to go to, maybe they are doing the Israeli’s a favor.

      • Truth

        March 4, 2015 at 7:22 am

        What you are saying is a lie. There is no restriction on entry of Jewish people to Saudi Arabia.

      • Karim

        April 30, 2015 at 6:34 pm

        Not true. Only requirement to enter Saudi is that your Muslim! This can be establish by getting a letter from an imam!

        • T.

          March 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm

          That is not true that is if you want to enter Mecca, a very specific place in Saudi Arabia just for muslims to do holy pilgrimage. So…. yea as non muslims we can get everywhere else.

      • Suigeneris

        May 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm

        This is so stupid! in an increasingly economically integrated world, why does it matter where you come from or what religion you practice? isn’t religion all lies made-up by the would-be politicians of two thousand plus years ago?

      • World Traveler

        February 9, 2017 at 7:48 pm

        Not true! First of all, Saudi Arabia doesn’t even issue tourist visas so it’s a moot point there.

        You may get a working visa to Saudi regardless of your religion. (Although an Israeli passport may certainly deter you for obvious reasons)

        The only other visa there is (unless you’re family of a Saudi citizen) is the Hajj visa and clearly you need to be Muslim for that.

      • Asma

        March 22, 2017 at 2:30 am

        Such a reatard spreading lies and hate this vania kakhba

  2. Alison

    September 14, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    A third option would be to get a passport from another country in addition to your American passport, if you are eligible(you might be eligible without even knowing it!) Here’s a link to a blog post explaining the process:

  3. Bob

    September 19, 2009 at 4:47 am

    It goes both ways. Let’s just say the airport officials had some questions for me when they saw my Malaysia stamp on my passport.

    • Farhan

      February 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      and u r from which country?

  4. John Smith

    September 20, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Iran and Pakistan are NOT Arab countries.

    • T.

      March 15, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      it says arab/muslim. so if its not an “arab” country it’s majority muslim. Thanks

      • Zad

        July 12, 2017 at 6:57 am

        By that logic though, somewhere it would also have to include Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Maldives, and etc… as there are many more Muslim majority countries in the world than are listed here.

  5. Elizabeth

    September 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Can you enter Israel with an Arab or similar country stamp in your passport?

    • Vania Melamed

      January 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      How do you think all those Yemenis got there, a Chabad private deal? ;)

  6. Ashley

    September 27, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Elizabeth, you can enter, usually without any problems. However, if you have a whole series of entry and exit stamps for a country that Israel views as an enemy state, such as Syria, you’ll be in for a bumpy ride at immigration. I wouldn’t like to guess how long they’ll question you…just don’t have friends or a taxi waiting for you on the other side!

  7. Hassan

    October 4, 2009 at 1:55 am


    can somebody with place of birth like Baghdad, Jeddah or Cairo and hold British, Australian or Canadian citizen and passport visit Israel without problems? as I’m planning to visit Jerusalem in 2010?
    Strictly tourism, want to see the church of holy sepulchre, tower of David, the temple mount and al aqsa mosque, and so many other things.

  8. Ashley

    October 4, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Hi Hassan,

    With a passport from one of these countries (UK, Australia or Canada) you should be OK. Unfortunately, with a name like Hassan, you will probably get a bit of a grilling. Just be prepared to show the security guys lots of proof of your stay – hotel, tickets, tour guide even…

  9. Hassan

    October 7, 2009 at 2:31 am

    I would be very surprised if they acted otherwise!! I don’t blame them, they have all the right.
    Do you recommend any season to visit, spring or the fall?

    • Vania Melamed

      January 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      If you are a Christian Arab you might find spingtime, when Easter occurs, to be spiritually significant. Otherwise, if you’re visiting all holy sites, all times of year are significant.

      • Sandeep

        August 18, 2015 at 11:24 am

        If I am a Hindu arab will I be permitted to travel to Saudia?

  10. Ashley

    October 7, 2009 at 7:28 am

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  12. Leo

    October 17, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Iran and Pakistan? So now those are Arab countries and nobody let me know.

  13. john g

    October 29, 2009 at 3:57 am

    funny how any jewish man or woman can go to israel and be given a home and money for living expenses. yet if you own the land they bullboze it and kick you out with no right to return.

    • Alex

      October 2, 2011 at 6:29 am

      They only bulldoze land of terrorists who killed innocent civilians. That is a rather light sentence. Your comment has no factual backing.

    • Vania Melamed

      January 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      You can thank the Grand Mufti and Great Britain for orchestrating aliyah, John, not the Jews.

      • Truth

        March 4, 2015 at 7:23 am

        British soldiers died to defeat the Nazis. They kept British Jews safe from the Nazis. Shame on you for defaming their memory!

    • Denis

      March 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      That is almost pure fiction. Israeli Arabs are never expelled (though they may not unsurprisingly be arrested and imprisoned – but never executed – if they have engaged in terrorist activity). The Palestinians forfeited any right to return because most of them were expelled by Arab armies in 1948-49 in the middle of a war the Arabs started and lost.

  14. linkwheel

    November 11, 2009 at 6:29 am

    I dont think Iran and Pakistan are considered as Arab countries….

    • Vania Melamed

      January 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      I think in this politically correct era, we Westerners are hesitant to point out that they are “Islamic” countries, for that would stigmatize all Muslims, I guess. Incidentally, Jews are the first Arabs; our entire first half of our history was developed in the Arab world, so I guess being not only P.C. but also historically accurate, even “Arab” country is not a proper term. I guess you just can’t qualify what types of countries hate Israeli visitors and which care about economic stability. Maybe…Diplomatic nations versus Non-Diplomatic? I guess that’s really the most technical way to classify countries that are and aren’t Israel-blind.

      • Denis

        March 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

        Not really, Vania. The Arabs only arrived in the region in the 7th century, following great Arab invasions. The original Jewish world was more complex.

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  16. ma

    December 25, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    can israeli born us passport holder visit arab countries?

    • Vania Melamed

      January 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      I want to know why Yemen is on the No-Go list when they still have an active – albeit tiny – religious Jewish community…

      • Ryan Brubaker

        August 9, 2013 at 7:53 am

        I love listening to a person with a great mind. Vania is right on!

      • Wendy

        July 2, 2015 at 4:35 am

        *Most* of these countries (with the exception of Saudi Arabia) still have tiny Jewish communities. That doesn’t affect the nature of the country’s diplomatic relations (or lack thereof) with Israel, and therefore, whether or not they will accept visitors who have been to Israel.

        That issue is more of a political one than religious, although of course with Judaism and Islam, it’s not always so easy to separate the two concepts.

      • Eric

        February 21, 2017 at 4:56 am

        Many of these countries, and Iran is notorious for this, like to keep token Jewish populations (and Christian for that manner) that are held up as proof that they are not anitsemitic. This is similar to Apartheid South Africa having a few designated black athletes, politicians, businessmen, etc. and Nazi Germany having token Jews on their Olympic team at the Berlin Olympics. So it is because they are anti-Israeli / anti-non Muslim that they must keep not riducuosly persecuting their Jewish populations. So they can say, see we are only anti-Israeli not anti-Jewish. If they were anti-Jewish in their own countries that would only give the idea of a state of Israel needing to exist more credit.

  17. Ashley

    December 26, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Good question ma. I guess it depends what place of birth is listed, and to which countries you’re intending to visit. As in the article, I think the more stringent countries won’t let you in because of the Israeli town listed as your birthplace.

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  19. Linda

    January 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    We are travelling to Haifa in March as part of a cruise itinery. We have British passports apart from one who has a Greek passport. We all have Bahrain stamps from holiday visits and four of our party work in Bahrain at moment and also have Saudi stamps from previous work there( one of them has the Greek passport). They will be returning to Bahrain after cruise and we are all due to visit them there later in year.I have tried unsuccessfully to find out if our passports will be stamped in Haifa and if that would prevent us going to Bahrain afterwards and also our family who work in Bahrain since they already have Saudi and Bahrain stamps will they be allowed ashore to go on organised excursions and then allowed back into Bahrain? Can’t get a straight answer from any consulate, embassy or website. Please can you help!!

  20. Ashley

    January 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Ooh Linda, that’s another tricky one! How about checking with your cruise company (which is…?)? I’m sure you’ll be OK and be able to get a slip of paper rather than your passport stamped, especially if you explain the situation. Most Israeli security personnel are aware of these kind of scenarios. However, if you can’t get a guaranteed answer, it might be worth staying on the boat, especially for those guys working in Bahrain. Sorry I can’t give you a better answer but embassies and cruise companies should be able to point you in the right direction. Good luck!

  21. Ashley

    January 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Just one point I forgot to mention – Bahrain is currently OK with passports stamped in Israel, so if it’s just about Bahrain I believe you should be OK. The Saudis don’t accept Israeli-stamped passports…

  22. steven clarkson

    January 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I have an Israeli stamp in my UK passport and have since been to Saudi Arabia , Iran and Malaysia in the last year( because of work )and had zero problems so would not read too much into what people say. funny enough the most trouble i had was when i went to Israel as they where more bothered about my Eygption visa’s !

  23. Michael

    January 26, 2010 at 12:28 am

    what if your visiting a arab indonesia with an isreal stamp will they let you in or give you trouble.

  24. Amos

    April 3, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    For those who questioned the status of Iran and Pakistan – you are right. They are not Arab states. Don’t even like Arabs.
    Author should have said Muslim countries and included Turkey as one of those who reject holders of passports with Israeli stamp, or anyone who has visited the Greek part of Cyprus, and so on.

  25. Ashley

    April 5, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Amos, you’re right, I should have stated Muslim rather than Arab.

    But as for Turkey rejecting Israeli stamped passports, you’re mistaken. The Turks, despite the odd diplomatic hiccup recently, are very welcoming to Israeli passport holders, so I doubt an Israeli stamp is an issue.

    • Vania Melamed

      January 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Because like all normal countries, they like fiscal stability and don’t want to alienate the Jewish citizens within Turkey who already contribute positively to Turkish economy and society.

  26. Needle

    June 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Ashely: Doesn’t Isreal have a problem the other way round?

  27. Ashley

    June 4, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Needle – if you’re referring to current Israel-Turkey relations, Israel has a few problems! Hopefully it will calm down soon…

  28. StevenE

    December 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I am a US passport holder currently working in Afghanistan and we must fly thru Dubai to get to and from Kabul Airport. I have a work visa for Afghanistan in my passport as well as resident visa for Kuwait from past work. I also have multiple entry/exit visas for Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Macedonia, Kosovo. I plan a visit to Egypt and Israel in a few months. Do you know if Afghanistan and Dubai allow passports with Israeli entry/exit stamps? Will there be a problem entering Israel with all the other stamps I have?

    • Fred

      July 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Both Afghanistan and the UAE have no problem with Israeli stamps in my personal experience. Either that or they just didn’t notice mine.


      June 9, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Am planning to visit Israeli if I may ask am a Moslem and will I be ask some questions at the airport am going there ask a tour…I have my tour invitation hotel and even my transport

  29. Ashley

    December 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Steve, you look like you know your way around the world’s hot spots :-)

    I think you’ll be OK on arriving in Israel, as long as you have proof of your funds, tickets, hotels etc, plus can also tell them what you were doing in those countries. Expect a grilling…

    As for getting entry into Dubai and Afghanistan, I think Dubai will be OK (use the tips above though) – Afghanistan less so – as of March 2009 it was on the list of 10 enemy states: Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and the Gaza Strip.

  30. Anna Lopez

    December 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm

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  31. Jennifer Smith

    December 18, 2010 at 2:25 am

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  32. Claire

    February 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I have recently been to Turkmenistan – would this also be considered dodgy for the Israeli’s?

    • Vania Melamed

      January 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Claire, I hate to say it, but as long as you’re not Muslim, there is nothing suspicious about a woman named Claire visiting Israel who has also visited Turkmenistan. Muslims would of course be permitted entry, as well, but becaue of the anti-“Zionist” rhetoric echoed from so many broadly-recognized Islamic clerics, a Muslim seeking may reasonably raise a bit more suspicion.

  33. Ashley

    February 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Claire, I honestly have no idea. I guess the Israeli embassy would know…

  34. Recent traveler

    February 22, 2011 at 2:53 am

    This is a rule for most MUSLIM countries, not Arab countries. Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, etc. are not Arab countries.
    I was just in Israel and Jordan in January 2011, and I can tell you that the stamp on the separate sheet of paper does NOT work, they will no longer do this. Also, if you have the stamp from the Jordanian or Egyptian border at Taba or King Hussein bridge, you might as well just have the Israeli stamp itself. You also will not be able to use your passport in Malaysia and Indonesia if it has an Israeli stamp.

    • Vania Melamed

      January 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      WOOOOOOOOOOOOW, I did not know this. I guess that argument that we’re the People of the Book holds no clout, heh? Practical question: if we claim Israel is our ally, and we claim to have all interest in protecting that ally and preserving that relationship, why are we allies with the nations who hate it? If Obama is against, say, a Palestinian state, wouldn’t that also mean he is against all supporters of Palestinians seeking a state, i.e. Israel-hostile allied nations? I’m not blaming those nations, but the syllogism is off.

  35. Ashley

    February 23, 2011 at 8:18 am

    OK recent, thanks for the update. One question: Did you actually ask for the separate piece of paper? If so, what was the “official” response?

  36. Stephen S

    March 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    A word of warning on the countries listed as okay to travel freely. Last year, I was denied entry into Dubai (U.A.E.) because of an Israeli stamp on my passport. I was in Israel on business, had proof it was only for business, but it didn’t matter. They sent me back and the airline treated me harshly because they said they were fined for letting me board (somehow their culpability for not informing me of the change in Dubai policy at check-in was my fault, too).

    • Vania Melamed

      January 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Man, that’s duplicitous. But it makes sense; not like there are any shuls in Dubai.

  37. Ashley

    March 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Wow, thanks for the update Stephen – and sorry to hear of your troubles.

  38. Alex Cruz

    April 17, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I am a Filipino, but a resident/employee in Saudi Arabia. Can I go to Israel and return to the Kingdom after my trip to Israel?

  39. Ashley

    April 17, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Alex, Saudi Arabia doesn’t accept Israeli-stamped passports, so I think you’d have to use a second passport.

  40. akshay

    May 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm


    i am from india and have travelled dubai,oman in arab countries and now want to come israel for a holiday visit for indian people is there visa on arrival or i should apply visa for israel in india, and i dont want my passport to be stamped by israel authorities because in the future there is my visit to dubai and jeddah is the stapled visa in paper still exist.


  41. nigeria liberty reserve

    May 27, 2011 at 12:46 am

    This is a rule for most MUSLIM countries, not Arab countries. Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, etc. are not Arab countries.
    I was just in Israel and Jordan in January 2011, and I can tell you that the stamp on the separate sheet of paper does NOT work, they will no longer do this. Also, if you have the stamp from the Jordanian or Egyptian border at Taba or King Hussein bridge, you might as well just have the Israeli stamp itself. You also will not be able to use your passport in Malaysia and Indonesia if it has an Israeli stamp.

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  43. @LuskyG

    July 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I’d want to know the list of countries restricted you arrive from to U.E or E.U

  44. joe

    July 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Your list is wrong. Iran is NOT an Arab country. Please do your research correctly.

    • Vania Melamed

      January 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      I’m sure the author knows that these are Indo-European countries. Don’t be pissy just because he’s trying to avoid a libel suit or have his site be shut down by NOT referring to these countries as “Muslim” nations, for that could be construed by the p.c. as hate rhetoric. He’s just being cautious; “Arab”, however inaccurate, is a more innocuous term.

      • David

        April 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm

        Sorry? Are you saying that the word Muslim, as a descriptive, is hate rhetoric? That’s absurd. Suggesting that pc’s would hold that attitude is equally absurd. Clearly, the original poster has no knowledge of ancient cultures in the region. That’s why he called Persians Arabs.

  45. Michael

    July 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Turkey is definitely fine with Israel. I just got back home to the USA after a holiday to Turkey and Israel. Turkish Air flies between IST and TLV, so they are 100% okay with an Israel stamp. My day trip to Jordan from Israel definitely earned me an extra 10 minutes of interviews when trying to fly out at Ben Gurion Airport a few days ago, but not much of a deal.

    My question is with southeast Asia, as I may travel there next year. Some on this list serve have noted that Malaysia will not allow you in. Is this true? How about Indonesia and other southeast Asian countries? I am a bit leery of contacting them to ask directly. Do any Israel travelers or representatives know?

    • David

      April 13, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Turkey was still fine as of December 2013.

  46. Olivia

    August 11, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I went to Bali in Sept 2009 with an Israeli stamp in my passport and they didn’t look twice…but it may be different if you go to the other islands of Indonesia.

    Sorry but I don’t know about any other country in SE Asia that would care.

    Also for others, if you are worried about an Israeli stamp in your passport (assuming they will still stamp the piece of paper as one commenter suggested they have stopped this), the moment you hand over your passport, say “no stamp please”. On my way in to Israel, they asked me if it was OK to stamp the passport…I said no and they used a piece of paper. On the way out I assumed it would be the same thing but it wasn’t, the guy took my passport and stamped it before I had a chance to say anything.

    I was hassled to no end going in and out of Israel as a single blond female traveling with a church group…I’m not sure what they stop people for these days!

  47. coil winding machine

    September 28, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Im about to travel to a coil convention in India, I will be stopping in Israel, should I be weary of traveling to these other countries mentioned? hmm….

    • Ashley

      September 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      I think you need to be careful if you are planning to visit those countries, yes, as mentioned in the comments above. If you plan on visiting Israel last, you should be OK, but expect some questions from Israeli immigration.

  48. Crazytourist

    September 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Will be traveling to Israel in Oct. A) What is the weather like; dress etc? B) I work in Iraq and will be coming to Israel via Turkey then back. Is Israel still allowing the visa stamp to be put on seperate sheet of paper? This is a must as I will need to return back to Iraq.

    • Ashley

      September 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Crazy one, the weather in October is usually pretty great, mid to high 20s with little rain. (see the chart near the bottom of this page:
      In regards to your second question, if you have a second passport, use it. If not, I believe the piece of paper is still being given, but you should make it absolutely clear as to why you need it. Shouldn’t be an issue with most immigration personnel…


    October 30, 2011 at 8:47 am


    • Ashley

      October 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Nader,
      How are you getting to Lebanon? Direct flight or overland via Jordan and Syria?

  50. Karen

    November 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Can anyone guide on the below?

    Using a German passport which states Please of Birth as Israel. Is it possible to enter Dubai – travelling from Jordan?

    • Ashley

      November 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

      I think the Israel in your passport will class you as an Israeli in many immigration officials eyes…could be a problem, as listed above and in the comments above…although from what I understand Dubai is actually OK about Israeli stamped passports, not sure about Israel listed as a birthplace. You might want to check their consulate…

  51. Tara

    January 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I am going to Egypt soon, and I am wondering if anyone knows if the Israeli stamp that I have in my passport will be any problem now? -I know, by reading the comments above, that having an Israeli stamp in your passport wasn’t a problem before, but now with the election in Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood in power, I don’t know if it is a problem or not. Anyone? :)

  52. Roni

    March 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    i’ve notice that the article was published 3 years ago.
    i was wondering if Qatar and Bahrain are still countries that allow Israeli citizens in? I’m also holding Canadian passport.

    • Ashley

      March 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Hi Roni,
      I think the second passport here is your solution, just to avoid any possible problems. Just make sure the Canada passport has no Israeli border stamps if you’re planning on visiting the real toughies…

  53. Michelle

    April 16, 2012 at 8:12 am

    This is my problem as well (most others only care about stamps)… I was born in Israel which I assume is even more of a problem.

    While I’m not going tomorrow, I would like to visit places like Morocco & Turkey one day.

    Of course asking now is a waste of time, who knows what could happen from now until then LOL

    Have fun everyone!

    Michelle : )

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  55. Mr. Iraq

    May 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Why is Iraq! on the list. Did we spend so much money to make it a free country

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  57. Roberta

    June 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    It begs the question as to why in hell would I want to visit a country that doesn’t want me as a) a Jew, b) an Israeli, or c) someone who has visited Israel.

    F ’em I say!

    • Mark

      February 23, 2015 at 4:20 am

      A country is not a monolithic entity. In every country there are groups with different opinions on issues.

  58. Libyan Exile

    July 15, 2012 at 4:12 am

    hi there,
    so, what about Libyan nationality living in libya??? i wanna go to visit israel, but i don’t know how to got the visa!!! also is it possible to sign out of passport???

    • Ashley

      July 15, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Not sure what you mean about “to sign out of passport”, but I have a feeling it will be very hard for you to visit Israel, unless you have another passport. And then there’s the big question of getting to Israel…

  59. Rajiv

    July 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Dear Readers.

    I’ve a planned business visit to Israel in the month of Sep 2012. I’m an Indian citizen and previously worked in Malaysia for nearly 1.5 yrs. I have 2 Malaysian Work Permit Stamps (both expired) on my Passport.

    Will it be a problem in applying to Israel Business Visa or any problems once I reach to TLV airport during immigration?

    Also, I went through some posts and understood about request for stamping during immigration (Entry/Exit) on separate Paper. Even if I get the Entry/Exit immigration stamps on separate paper, then what about the Israel Business Visa Stamp on my Passport? After seeing the Israel Business Visa stamp on my passport, can I be denied entries for Work/Tourism in countries like Malaysia/Indonesia in future.

    How to avoid the above situation? Can we avoid getting the Business Visa stamped on the Passport and instead get them in a separate paper just like immigration entries?

    I’m waiting to hear from you as I want to get the information as soon as possible. So that I can plan my trip to Israel.

    Thanks for your help.

  60. Christian B.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:41 am

    I am a Filipino national and would love to visit Israel, especially Jerusalem and Bethlehem. But I have a residence visa in UAE.

    My plan is, travel to Aqaba with return tickets from UAE. And then from Aqaba, travel to Tel-Aviv with return tickets to Aqaba.

    Is it possible?

    Also, in ur list that UAE accepts visitors with Israeli stamp but it is clearly stated in the law of UAE that people with Israeli stamp is not allowed to enter UAE but I just remembered Madonna and her crew came from Tel-Aviv before they came to Abu dhabi, UAE but they were allowed to enter UAE.

    Hoping for your reply.


    • Ashley

      August 25, 2012 at 6:22 am

      I believe in this case you need to be sure to get the extra slip of paper on which the Israeli immigration will stamp the visa.

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  62. karmapolice

    October 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Dubai does NOT allow you to come with an israeli visa, just saying

  63. uncle traveling matt

    November 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I have an Israeli stamp in my passport from a few years back.
    I just visited Pakistan and the stamp was not a problem at all.
    Pakistan should not be on this list

  64. Eric Elias

    March 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

    This messing with visa in passports is now history.

    I came ineo Ben Gurion last week and now have a credit card size visa.
    It is valid for three months and bears repro inf culled from my passport with pic.
    No cachets in passport.

    • Ashley

      March 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Thanks for the info Eric! Had heard this was coming in, you’re the first to mention it!

  65. Katka

    March 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    There are new rules, introduced at the beginning of this year concerning the visa:

  66. Idan Segal

    April 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I have a Lithuanian passport (European) and i wonder if i can travel Malezia, Indonezia & Lebanon
    the probelem is that my place of birth is Haifa Israel
    is this a problem for me to enter the mentioned countries?

    Thanks in advance

    • Ashley

      April 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Hi Idan, I think you will have a problem, especially with Lebanon. Your name is going to be a big giveaway for any eagle-eyed clerks…

      • Arif

        May 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

        Hello Ashley, can you please help? it is urgent.
        I am an Indian and planning to go to Israel on work visa for 5 months. Any latest info on the issue ?
        Will I be denied entry in Saudi Arabia/Dubai/other Arab countries after my trip to Israel.
        I need to make a decision on wether to go to Israel or not based on entry restrictions in Arab countries.
        I called up Saudi embassy and said it is not an issue these days.
        What is the truth ?

        • Ashley

          May 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

          Hi Arif, Earlier this year a new law came into practice: Israeli passport control now stamps a separate piece of paper, which is actually a small slip of paper that fits into your passport. They stamp it whether you want it or not. However, the issue of Jordanian and Egyptian passport control stamping your passport (and hence showing signs of you being in Israel) still remains…so be very careful if visiting other countries in the region.

          • Arif

            May 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

            Ashley, thanks a lot for the reply.

            But I still have one issue. I am an Indian and will get my Israel work visa on my passport (it will be pasted). If this happens, then all the “stamp on separate paper” will have no use as passport will have a record of Israel. is there any method to resolve this?

          • Ashley

            May 30, 2013 at 8:11 am

            I see…not sure, you might have to check with those that stamp your passport with the visa, maybe it can also be stamped on a separate piece of paper?

  67. Arif

    May 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm


    I am an Indian and planning to go to Israel on work visa for three months. Any latest info on the issue ?
    Does anybody know whether I will be denied entry in Saudi Arabia/Dubai/other Arab countries after my trip to Israel.
    I need to make a decision on wether to go to Israel or not based on entry restrictions in Arab countries.
    I called up Saudi embassy and said it is not an issue these days.
    What is the truth ?

  68. David

    June 24, 2013 at 6:23 am

    when one obtains a second passport, do you travel with both? or just bring the second one?

  69. Fred

    July 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    You can take Pakistan off the list. I go to Pakistan regularly and my Israeli stamp has never ever been an issue.


    October 28, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Hi All

    I recently went to UAE thru Sharjah. I have an Israeli visa and stamps in my passport. Had gone to Israel for business purposes. There were no issues with immigration at UAE. But I have read in other sources that they might ask you to get a CID approval at the airport or maybe the immigration might ask you some questions about why you visited Israel. I do not think it would be a problem in UAE.

    I didn’t get tickets to Dubai, so went thru Sharjah. But I have heard that Dubai is more lenient compared to Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

    Anyway no issues with me entering UAE with an Israeli visa and stamp. Just wanted to share my experience.


    Vinod Varghese

    • Ashley

      October 29, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Thanks Vinod!

  71. Sandra

    January 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Ashley,
    I have a Lithuanian Passport and I am going to Israel in a few months will I have any problems at passport control at Israel ?

  72. Look To Travel

    January 14, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I am carrying an India passport. I traveled to Israel (Entry through Ben Gurion) – went to Jerusalem, Nablous and Bethlehem. This was a business trip on a pre-stamped Israel Visa. I traveled to Israel from Amman – Jordan and returned back to Amman. Both time through Air.

    Since then, I have renewed my passport.

    Now, I am planning travel to Jeddah, KSA. Can I apply for a business visa and travel?

    • Ashley

      January 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      As far as I know, if your renewed passport has no evidence of an Israel visit, you should be OK. The Saudis have been known to refuse entry after coming across evidence of a visit to Israel, so I’m not sure if that is “still” the case…

  73. samith

    February 27, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Great going Ashley, went through your site and subscribed to your newletter, i plan to visit Israel within this year asi always wanted to visit Jerusalem , bethelem and other holy places in Israel and of course tel aviv , just a doubt if i can work in the emirates with Israeli stamp ( im an indian muslim doctor ) and I have my sister in law who is jewish back in the states and they are nice ppl , how are israeli ppl are they friendly like American jews or they Zionist? That’s what i heard from my colleagues at work

    • Ashley

      February 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Samith,
      The locals are typically great, with a little getting used to…families are very warm and close!

  74. samith

    February 27, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Cause even some Jewish friends said that’s Jews. Are friendly and accomodating but not Israelis

  75. Jackie

    April 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    If you are not an Irish but had a grandparent born on the island of Ireland you can get an Irish passport and use one one for Israel and the other for problem countries.

  76. Silvina

    May 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Ashley,
    I am a Filipino citizen a former foreign worker in Israel, Jerusalem for over 7.5yrs. with my kids both born in this country. We went home for good about 3yrs and 7months ago and now I am planning to have our vacation cos we already missed the place alot, our friends everything about Israel we love it. Now, we have a renewed passports issued here in the Philippines in which the one with the Israeli stamped passport was in the old one that we are no longer using,my question, is there any problem the immigration will refuse us for the entry visa after several years of being there in the country and now entering again but for a different purpose of just spending only our vacation?

    • Ashley

      May 29, 2014 at 7:55 am

      I believe that if you have return flights booked and that you can show the immigration guys, you should be more than OK. Without the tickets I believe they will give you a hard time…hope that helps!

  77. John Smith

    July 20, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Why would anyone in a right mind want to visit this terrorist state? I think anyone going to Israel really needs their head checking, its a country that propagates terror. A disgusting country that has nothing to live for. Thats why some people (or quite a lot of us – (btw israelis dont flatter yourself you are a minority – get that through your thick skulls)) dont want to go to.

  78. Razzaq

    August 1, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Hi !!

    I have been planning for a while to visit Israel but as I keep hearing stories I step back !

    Firstly I am Muslim with Indian passport born in kuwait and having dual nationality (i.e. Indian and South African)

    So not only my religion but my name and birth place is Muslim country, btw I still reside in kuwait and I frequently travel to other Arab countries but not Syria or Lebanon or Iraq. Having South African passport too I am entitled for on arrival visa .

    Being a Muslim will I be allowed to enter Israel through the airport immigrations as am planning to fly via Istanbul. I don’t want Israeli stamp in my passport as I want to avoid situations .
    My visit is purely tourism !

    I have read all the comments above and who all mentioned Israeli stamps are allowed in few Arab countries is a myth ! It all depends all on ur luck if the immigration officers gets a glance of the Israeli stamp.


    • Ashley

      August 3, 2014 at 7:12 am

      As far as I’m aware the new process of not stamping your passport with an Israeli visa is applied to everybody, so that shouldn’t be a problem. However, with your name and passport stamps, you will probably face quite a bit of questioning, both on departure and arrival. Just be prepared for a lengthy, frustrating time at the airport. :-(

  79. Dr Solomon

    August 27, 2014 at 4:00 am

    With your tolerance to dictatorship you will lose your democracy in near future

  80. Kamal

    October 14, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Pakistan do not accept Israel passport but passports with Israel stamps are acceptable in Pakistan.

  81. Clayton

    October 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    According to my experience, Dubai used to be lenient with Israeli stamps until 2010 when it was proved that Israeli intelligence have entered Dubai with fake passports and assassinated a Hamas leader on Emirati soil. Since then anything with “Israel” on it doesn’t pass Dubai International Airport.

    I’m Canadian, and I had Arab stamps on my passport and I went through so much shit at Ben Gurion. So I think it’s only fair to state that these incidents are prone to happen on both sides and not only on the Arab side. They might have “Oh my Allah” issues, but from my experience, you guys have serious “Oh my Hashem” issues too.

    • Mark

      February 23, 2015 at 4:24 am

      Israel has no restrictions on entry based solely on nationality, unlike the Muslim countries.

  82. Phoebe Agpaoa

    February 17, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I am a filipino former working before in Kingdom of Bahrain and United Arab Emirates,presently I’m staying here now in Moscow Russia were planning to go in Israel with my employer. But
    According on my passport stamps from Arab Emirates,is there a chance to enter in immigration of Israel?

  83. cecil

    November 8, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    hi from 1993 to2013 December I was working kuwait .in 2014 June I enter israel as elderly care again I would like to visit kuwait. is it possible

    • Ashley

      November 8, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Not sure it’s at all possible if you have Israeli stamps in your passport…

  84. unknown.

    January 4, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    What about an Israel denied entry stamp? Will they not allow you in or will they like it?

  85. shibi martin

    January 29, 2017 at 6:56 am

    I am Shibi from India.1yr before I aattend Israel care giver interview .unfortunately I am rejected .The emposy one black seal put on my passport page.can I come to again Israel for care giver job

    • Ashley

      January 29, 2017 at 7:28 am

      I think you might have a hard time getting a permit. Why did they reject you?

  86. Mey

    February 13, 2017 at 2:12 am

    What about Maldives? ? Can israeli citizens can enter Maldives???

    • Ashley

      February 13, 2017 at 7:20 am

      I believe you can still get a tourist visa, but you should definitely check with a Maldives embassy/consulate.

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