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Author: somagsimon

Joined: 4/7/2010
Posts: 3
GCT Trips Taken: 2
OAT Trips Taken: 12
Traveler Since: 2001

April 09, 2010

 I understand that it is difficult to travel in some countries with an Israeli stamp on your passport.  We are going to Israel in December and I was wondering if anyone had experience with requesting a stamp on a form detached from the passport.

Author: liz109

Joined: 8/10/2010
Posts: 13
GCT Trips Taken: 14
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Countries Visited:

Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czechoslovakia (pre-breakup), Czech Republic, Croatia, England, Egypt, Estonia, France, Greece & Greek Islands, Germany, Hungary, Jordan, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia (both pre and post breakup ), Serbia, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland , Syria, Tibet, Turkey, Yugoslavia ( pre breakup), Acalpulco, Hong Kong, and via the Trans Siberian Railroad, Mongolia and Siberia...

Traveler Since: 2004

August 10, 2010

Hope I am not too late for responding.  DO NOT get Israeli stamps in your passport if you have ANY  inkling of traveling in Syria or  some other Arab countries..  I opted not to get the stamp in mine in 2007 as I was concerned about  traveling later to Egypt.  Turns out that Egypt didn't object to  the stamp,  but the way the Arab countries are frequently having diplomatic disputes, my strong recommendation is avoid any  potential future problems.

I will add that when both entering and exiting Israel, the passport control  folks were not too happy  with my request.... they took it as an insult, and asked why I didn't want  my PP stamped.  I told them the truth - I had plans to visit some Arab countries in the future and didn't want to have to apply for a brand new PP.

Although I had no intention of traveling to Syria back in 2007, the oopportunity presented itself as an extension on the TUrkey Magical Hideways trip which I am taking in October, and am SOOOOO glad I opted to not have the Israeli stamps entered in my PP.    


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