While looking at another thread, I remembered something I've heard a while ago. I've been told that if you had a Syrian Stamp in your Passport you won't get into Israel and vice-versa.
I am not sure if that's true, but I think it would be very important for anybody who wants to travel in the region.
Is there anybody who can confirm or correct this information?
There was a thread about this a little while back...
I think the conclusion was that it is Syria that you (theoretically) can't get into with an Israeli stamp - Israel with a Syria stamp is fine. However - if you ask Israeli immigration nicely then they'll stamp a piece of paper instead of your passport (remember not to lose the piece of paper as this is your visa) and you can thusly remove any evidence of having visited Israel after leaving the country.
The best thing to do IMO is ALWAYS get an Israeli stamp on a seperate paper because you never know if a few years down the road it will cause a problem. A few years ago my girlfriend and I were in Jordan and had a really cool driver who told us he'd take us up to Syria for a few days. We asked him about the Israel stamps in our passports and he said that's gonna be a big problem at the border. We ended up doing more sight seeing in Jordan but now it will be much more of a hassle to get back to visit Syria (+ tensions are MUCH higher now with the never ending babble of Bush and Condi bringing up how "evil" Syria is in every other sentence. Who knows when it's gonna get to a boiling point with all this irresponsible cowboy talk. Would have been great if we could have gone during that Jordan trip. Gotta ALWAYS think ahead. ZOOM
ah - also you would need to convince the jordanians to put their entrance/exit stamps on a piece of paper too otherwise their syrian counterparts might get wise to the ploy, apparently they will do this.
The Syrian authorities are also wary of passports issued by the embassies in Amman and Cairo - if they suspect that you got a new passport there to hide the fact that you were in Israel, they might say "no" too.
The best solution to this problem is to do two trips - one for Isreal, convienently in the last year your passport is valid, and the other to Syria with squeaky clean shiny new passport issued at home, in Europe, Australia or the America's.
If necassary, you can always report your passport with the offending stamp as "lost" with your government and apply for a new one. (At home of course.) Just remember that when you have the new one, you need to convieniently find the old one in an obscure bag and have it stamped invalid, or (depending upon your countries laws for this) you might get in trouble for fraud.