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1. Posted by dream.girl (Full Member 48 posts) 6y

Hi!

I'm a Canadian citizen planning a sort of RTW trip for 2010-2011. I've heard a lot about passport problems in the Middle East with an Israeli stamp, so with that in mind, I have two questions:

1) Would an Israeli stamp cause problems anywhere OTHER than the Middle East, ie. Africa or Europe?
2) Are there any countries in Africa specifically that would cause a similar 'stamp problem' as Israel?

Thanks for any help!
-Cassandra

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

Sudan is off-limits for people with an Israeli passport stamp.

The list of countries Israelis can travel to visa-free is a very good indicator where you can enter with an Israeli passport stamp without getting into trouble:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli_passport

On the bottom of the page there are also some notes on Israeli passport stamps, read them.

Many countries in Africa have a significant muslim population, if you know beforehand that the country has "islamic" or "muslim" in its official name double check whether you are allowed in with an Israeli passport stamp.

3. Posted by dream.girl (Full Member 48 posts) 6y

Thanks for the info and websites :)
Now just one clarification:
Would Sudan still be off-limits if I was just in the airport less than an hour for a flight transfer? (I'm planning on flying from Egypt to Nigeria, and the cheapest flights stop over in Kartoum....) Would I need to search alternate flights that DON'T connect in Sudan?

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

Look at alternative flights. The Sudanese are as anal-retentive about the Israeli passport stamp as the Syrians and the Iranians, which is saying a lot.

5. Posted by dream.girl (Full Member 48 posts) 6y

The more I learn about passport stamp issues, the less I think visiting Israel would be worth the trouble at various borders or in other countries, since I plan on travelling in western Africa and the Middle East. Thanks for the advice! :)

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 6y

Quoting dream.girl

The more I learn about passport stamp issues, the less I think visiting Israel would be worth the trouble at various borders or in other countries, since I plan on travelling in western Africa and the Middle East. Thanks for the advice! :)

Hehe, exactly my thoughts. I am going to visit Israel in December 2012, because my passports expires on in January 2013, so I can get a new one as I come back in the Netherlands

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

Quoting dream.girl

The more I learn about passport stamp issues, the less I think visiting Israel would be worth the trouble at various borders or in other countries, since I plan on travelling in western Africa and the Middle East. Thanks for the advice! :)

Actually, Israel is totally worth visiting. It just makes a lot of sense to go to Israel after you have been all over the ME and West Africa. I've been to Israel and would love to return, but I am in no hurry to do so. My passport will expire in 2016, if I go to Israel again it will be in that year I think. Until then I plan to enjoy my Israeli-passport-stamp-free passport by visiting Iran, Syria and maybe Saudi-Arabia.

One important thing: Note that it is possible for Canadians to get 2 passports to avoid the complications involved with the Israeli passport stamp.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Dec-2009, at 07:41 by t_maia ]

8. Posted by dream.girl (Full Member 48 posts) 6y

Note that it is possible for Canadians to get 2 passports to avoid the complications involved with the Israeli passport stamp.

This is news to me! it sounds like a great solution to passport woes, but I'm hesitant, there must be some restrictions or a catch somewhere.

I'll do some research on it though, if it works that would be an awesome way to beat the system!