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Visas for Northern Africa, Lebanon, Syria & Israel

Travel Forums Africa and The Middle East Visas for Northern Africa, Lebanon, Syria & Israel

1. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

What kind of wait times should I encouter getting visas from the following countries (If done here in the US):

Algeria
Egypt
Israel
Lebanon
Jordan
Syria

I'll also be visiting Tunisia and Morocco (No visas). Libya seems impossible at the moment.

I've heard that some Arabic countries refuse entry if your passport has been marked by an Israeli stamp. Is this practiced by any of the nations above? My plan is to take an overland route from Turkey to Egypt (I really want to see Israel though) then somehow get from Egypt to Tunisia > Algeria > Morocco. I know Algeria is dangerous at the moment but that's not going to stop be. Nonetheless, I'll be trying to get through to Morocco in a quick pace lol. Would this be a feasible route?

Please let me know if there will be any potential problems such as border crossings and such, Thanks much!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Countries that reject passports from Israel and any other passport which contain Israeli stamps or visas:
Algeria
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Brunei
Djibouti
Iran
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Malaysia (Clearance permit needed from the Ministry of Internal Security).
Pakistan
Saudi Arabia
Sudan
Somalia[citation needed]
Syria
United Arab Emirates
Yemen

Countries that do not accept passports which contain Israeli stamps or visas:
Iran
Lebanon
Libya
Sudan
Syria
Yemen

Border Algeria-Morocco is closed.

Cheers!

MIchael

3. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

Thanks for the help. I'm hoping Israeli customs won't have a problem with me crossing into the country from Lebanon or Syria. This shouldn't be a problem right?

Perhaps I'll pay someone to smuggle me across the Algeria-Morocco border

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Quoting NantesFC

Thanks for the help. I'm hoping Israeli customs won't have a problem with me crossing into the country from Lebanon or Syria. This shouldn't be a problem right?

Perhaps I'll pay someone to smuggle me across the Algeria-Morocco border

Actually, I don't think you can cross borders with Lebanon. Syria I am not sure, but I don't think there are borders with Israel either. Only with Jordan and Egypt.
I was in Lebanon and Syria with a friend several years ago. That friend went to Israel and could enter the country with the stamps in his passport but he was questioned at the airport for 2-3 hours!
They asked why you visited Lebanon etc. etc. Do you have friends there? What's there to see? LOL.

5. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 8y

Hi,

Loved the list of places that don't let Israeli's into their country... very interesting reading!

Anyway, With regards to getting into Israel, Jordan and Egypt it is at the moment. Syria closed theirs and so did Lebanon (for good reason as I'm sure you'll both already know!)

I went in through Jordan and out through Egypt, however I asked the Israeli border guys to provide me with another piece of paper to put into my passport onto which they put my israeli stamp.

This meant I could remove the paper from my passport once I'd left and I could then get into the above mentioned countries... I was working in the UAE at the time so was pretty relevant :)

I think they should still do this on request....... In fact I'd insist on it at the border and you should be fine!

Hope this helps

Taffski.

6. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

Utrecht - That sounds like a real bother. Hmmm....haha. I guess I'll find out what I want to do when I get there lol.

Taffski - If that's the case, I'll have to do it. I just got my passport renewed last spring, so I have 9 more years left till I have to renew it again. If I were to get an Israeli stamp in my PP, it means I wouldn't be able to visit all those other countries for 9 YEARS!! No way Jose!

Thanks for all the responses guys. I'm not more confused as ever. Not with the issues, but as to what route/countries I'll go to on this trip (which is also an extension of a Euro trip). The help was greatly appreciated! :)

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

If this is an extension of a Europe trip it is best to go Europe-Turkey-Syria-Lebanon-Syria-Jordan-Israel-Egypt-Europe. This is a classic Hippie overland route that has been in existence since the 1970's and is very well travelled. Since visa to Syria are a bit of a hassle for US-citizens (and expensive too -100 USD visa fee both times you enter) consider either skipping Lebanon or flying from Beirut to Amman.

Visits to Algeria are still dangerous, but if you are determined best way is to go to Tunisia (fly charter from Europe or take the ferry from Italy) and cross the overland border.