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Visiting Israel, Palestine, and then Lebanon

Travel Forums Africa and The Middle East Visiting Israel, Palestine, and then Lebanon

1. Posted by dmuldoon (Budding Member, 2 posts) 6 Mar '08 21:46

Excuse me for my ignorance, but I have a question/dilemma.

If I want to visit Palestine I have to go through Israel. I understand that if one visits Israel and plans on later visiting a neighboring Arab country they should have the stamp on a separate piece of paper. The thing is, won't my passport be stamped at checkpoints in Israel if I live in Palestine? Wouldn't that just give away the fact I was in Israel anyway?

Is it possible to visit Palestine, and then say... Beirut?

Thanks in advance!

Dan

2. Posted by bertles86 (Inactive, 109 posts) 10 Mar '08 09:31

From what I have read, if you have the stamp of Israel in your passport then many Arabic countries won't let you in!

3. Posted by airali (Budding Member, 2 posts) 10 Mar '08 11:55

Hi,

I'd never been there, but I read a lot about this because it's in my future travels...

I pretty sure you can't go from israel to lebanon, that border is closed because of the last recent war...

You can go easily to beirut from damasq, in syria, with a shared taxi for about 10 dollars...

"The thing is, won't my passport be stamped at checkpoints in Israel if I live in Palestine?" : do you live there or do you have to visit Palestine? I guess if you are planning to move there you'll have many movement restrictions, and if you want to stay there for a long time, as for volunteering, israeli soldiers will make you a lot of questions about why/where you were in west bank and what did you do there.

Maybe i did't answer you, but i hope to be helpful.

ilaria

4. Posted by dmuldoon (Budding Member, 2 posts) 11 Mar '08 14:32

airali,

Thank you for the information. I plan to go there in order to study, and to give humanitarian aid. I'll likely be there for a while if I can...

I wonder if it would make any difference if I told the guards in other Arab countries I'd been living in Palestine, not Israel. That I was there to help, etc...

I may just have to figure things out as they happen. :)

Dan

5. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 11 Mar '08 16:19

Quoting dmuldoon

Is it possible to visit Palestine, and then say... Beirut?

Yes, but only if you visit Beirut first. Or fly from Israel to Europe, loose your passport in Europe and travel with a new passport to see the rest of the ME.

It takes some fiddling with visa and passport and planning your initiary around the visa issues. Syria, Iran and Lebanon are the trickiest, they are very strict about Israeli passport stamps. Even if you tell them that you were in Palestine they won't let you in.

You might be interested in the movie "The Syrian Bride", it shows the madness the visa issue can take. You can get the DVD on amazon. http://www.syrianbride.com/english.html

Give me some more information about your travel plans, you nationality etc and I might have an idea on how to work this out.

6. Posted by goodman (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 13 Apr '08 08:39

I plan on spending the summer in Palestine. Could anyone advise me on whether it would be less of a headache to enter the West Bank by flying into Jordan or Israel?