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

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As travelers, we like to visit countries with diverse cultures.

But did you know that there some countries where you can not enter if you have a certain stamp on your passport?

Well, a situation like this is Israel. If you have an Israeli stamp, you are not allowed to enter the following countries:

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

Notes for the list above:

  • some years ago, Israel authorities stopped from stamping the passports. You will receive a card on your arrival with all your personal information, but make sure you will get rid of it before entering in the countries listed above. Exception from the card is Ova Airport, where they do stamp your passport.
  • if you travel for business reasons, well, they will stamp your passport anyway.
  • if you have an Iranian visa, you will encounter some difficulties when entering in Israel, such as hours of interviews with the authorities, but it seems that many travelers succeeded in entering the country after being to Israel.
  • of course, there are a few chances that they won’t even check for the stamp, but will you risk it?

However, having an Israeli stamp does not ban you to enter in the following Muslim countries:

  • UAE
  • Dhabi
  • Qatar
  • Oman
  • Bahrain
  • Morocco
  • Algeria
  • Tunisia
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia

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