Does Israel Still Stamp Passports?

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Yesterday I wrote about how I’m planning a trip to Israel, which I’m excited about, both in terms of trying EL AL, and also in terms of visiting the country. You guys provided a ton of great advice as usual. Several readers chimed in (both in the comments and by email) recommending that I get a second passport, since some other countries won’t let you in (or will give you a hard time) if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport.

Come and think of it, this is something I’ve heard many times over the years. Even though I’ve never been to Israel, it is something I’ve researched a bit, so I figured it was worth making a post to clarify this.

It’s my understanding that Israel no longer stamps passports when entering the country by air, and hasn’t done so for years. Instead they give you a little sheet of paper when you land, and then you show that again when you leave the country. They seem to do this in recognition of peoples’ general concerns with having the stamp in their passport.

The only potential thing to look out for is if you’re entering Jordan by land after going to Israel. Jordan does have a “stamp” when entering by land from Israel, and that makes it clear where you’re coming from. That being said, it’s my understanding that they’re willing to stamp a separate piece of paper if you prefer — just make sure you request it specifically.

Nonetheless it seems to me like it could still make sense to get a second passport before going to Israel. I’m a dual citizen and have a German and US passport. My US passport is probably the most abused looking passport you’ve ever seen in your life. Fortunately the US lets you get a second passport if you’d like. That’s something I’ve been meaning to do, mainly because it would make my life easier when I’m without a passport due to visa processing.

I imagine my arrival and departure experience in Israel would be significantly easier with a mostly empty passport. My US passport has a disproportionate number of stamps from Middle Eastern countries. That’s because I have Global Entry for the US (so I don’t get stamped), I use my German passport for EU countries (so I don’t get stamped), and I mostly use my German passports for South American countries (since they generally have more favorable entry requirements for EU citizens). So that means my US passport has all kinds of stamps from Asia (including the Middle East), and that’s about it.

Call me a masochist, but I’m looking forward to reporting back on my experience with security at the airport, and I feel like I should use my craziest looking passport for that to see just how much they’ll grill me. Entering with a mostly empty passport just seems too easy.

What do you think — should I use a second (mostly empty) passport for Israel, or should I go in with my passport that has dozens of stamps from Middle Eastern countries?

  1. You’re correct, Israel does not stamp passports if you arrive at Ben Gurion. You’ll get a little slip instead, which you keep in your passport and then present at immigration when you’re leaving the country.

    Even if you enter using your beat-up passport, I don’t imagine you’ll have many issues. The Israeli security services know more about most people than they know about themselves, so they’ll likely know who are (and about this blog) before you arrive, and if they don’t, they’ll find out very quickly if they do decide to further interview you. I wouldn’t worry about it – imagine you’ll still be in and out pretty quickly, no matter which passport you use. They know how to identify threats very efficiently, and (as far as your readers know…) you’re not a threat!

  2. Would still go with your U.S. passport. You’ll get an entry card when you go into the country and an exit card when leaving. You’ll get “grilled” by Israeli security on your way out regardless as that’s just the way they do things. Gone through it several times and never had problems with other Middle Eastern countries stamped on my passport.

  3. In my experience from crossing the Eilat-Aqaba border to Jordan and back, Jordanians do stamp passports but Israelis do as well when returning over the land border. This was in 2013 so it may have changed since.

  4. Israel doesn’t care as much where you’ve been it’s the Arab countries that care if you’ve been to Israel ,

    when Arab countries deny entry because you’ve been to Israel that’s ok when Trump denies Arab countries for security then the leftist make a stink that it’s wrong and those are the countries that do the same thing to Israel deny them entry for no reason.

  5. yep they give a very little slip (do not lose) and do not stamp.
    Just expect some questions when at the airport by el-al security, as they tend to note the middle-eastern passport stamps. and gonna question you about it.

  6. All above comments are correct. I found it a breeze to both enter and leave Israel. The only small issue I had was I look absolutely nothing like my passport picture, and I did have to show her my global entry card and my drivers license, but that was no big deal. You are going to have the time of your life. I would move there tomorrow. Safe travels

  7. They give you a paper slip not a stamp. If you use the passport with all the stamps make sure you give yourself a lot of time to get through the airport. My passport is tame in comparison and it took me almost two hours to make it to the departure lounge with every item of my luggage being checked.

  8. Israel does not stamp passports and has not for years. You shouldn’t really have an issue using a passport with many mideast Stamps either.

  9. I was in Israel in 2015 and my passport was not stamped. You should go with your passport with all sorts of Middle Eastern Stamps so you can report on the experience. I think that some of us av geeks might be faced with a similar situation without the luxury of second passport.

  10. There’s security everywhere in Israel. Don’t be surprised when a man with an uzi checks your bag before you can go into a cafe or onto a bus.

    Israel recently completed their rail line which is both very efficient and very scenic, I highly recommend you take it, at a minimum to/from the airport.

    Finally, I hope you’re spending at least a week there. Not the best market for hi-end hotels but you could easily do 4-5 days in Jerusalem, a day or two in the West Bank, a couple days at the Dead Sea and a few in either Eilat or Tel Aviv (this of course doesnt include everything up North).

    You could also try crossing by land into Egypt and spending a few days in Dahab or Sharm El Sheikh (i love the Le Meridian in Dahab).

    Regardless of your religious leanings (or lack thereof) it’s a fascinating country to visit. Enjoy.

  11. Please use your beaten up passport. It will be interesting to document the Israeli security considering its uniqueness.

  12. @Matt
    Except for the fact that some things are expected from obscurantist monarchies, quite less so from a developed country.

    Just having been to Iran (which happens to be a quite interesting place to visit even for someone uninterested in harming other people) has been a reason to go through several hassles and big expenditures to get a visa for the US while citizens of my country usually don’t require one. No problems for my saudi stamps though, it probably means that nobody coming from there is expected to threaten the US security…. did they ever? đŸ˜€ And people can’t even go to saudi for tourism!

  13. Been to Israel on American passport 4 times in the last two years. As everyone else says you won’t get stamped.

    I have several stamps from predominantly Muslim countries in my passport. Immigration entering Israel is a breeze – nothing unusual. It’s leaving when you encounter the security process (since you are flying El Al, you’ll also encounter some interviewing when you check-in for your first El Al flight). I always get extra questions about what I was doing and who I know in the Muslim countries I visited. And then I always get the next-to highest level of security screening at the checkpoint (but this may have as much to do with being a single, non-Jewish, male traveler in my 30s, than with having visited Muslim countries.).

    The security services will know who you are regardless of what passport you use.

  14. As noted above Israel not not exclude people based on passport stamps but gulf countries can and sometimes do exclude people with Israeli stamps. It’s also true that you don’t have to get an Israeli stamp on your passport when entering.

    That said, there are a few caveats. You would have to be pretty unlucky to be excluded from a gulf country based on stamps; I have never had anyone bother to look through the passport on entry. Also, while Israel won’t exclude you for having stamps from Arab countries, you can definitely expect more scrutiny going through security on exit….sometimes much more scrutiny.

    I am also a dual citizen and have had two US passports. My experience is that the second US passport is basically useless for this purpose. I used it for entering Israel to avoid the issue with other stamps on my main passport. The problem is that while normal US passports are valid for 10 years the second passports are for two years, and Israeli security is well trained. So, the minute I presented the second passport they asked me “where is your main passport and are you showing us this one because it has stamps from Arab countries”? Unless you need it for other reasons I would not waste time and money getting the second passport.

  15. Ben,

    Long time reader, first post.

    I, similar to you, have both a US and a UK passport (due to my father being Scottish). I use my US passport for most places and UK passport pretty much only in Europe and Hong Kong as British citizens can stay longer in those places.

    I visited Israel from a land border crossing from Jordan. Passport check is indeed lengthier than normal. My passport at that point was 6 months old and I have only a Canadian stamp on it. The agent asked a bunch of questions and proceeded to take my passport to the backroom for 10 minutes before reappearing with it and asked whether I wanted it stamped. I told her to go ahead as I wanted the stamp as a souvenir. I exited Israel at Taba (Egypt) and they also put an exit stamp on it. I was told later that even if I requested Israel not to stamp my passport, other countries can determine that based on an exit stamp from Jordan and a week later an entry stamp from Egypt at Taba that you have indeed been to Israel. Just not as glaring, but easily detectable.

    Anyways, I have since been to many countries in the Middle East (UAE, Bahrain, Turkey, Qatar, Oman) as well as other Muslim counties such as as Malaysia and Indonesia and no one, I mean no one, even batted an eye at the Israeli stamps. I have never been asked even once.

    I think you should be safe. The Israeli stamp is a pretty cool souvenir.

  16. just remember, the Paper you are given at the airport is your “B2 Tourist Visa” which you will need to show for the hotel in order not to pay VAT

  17. I haven’t entered Ben Gurion since 2011 at which time they stamped my passport, both entry and exit. In 2015 we went via Amman and the Allenby bridge. Jordan stamped us coming in through AMM, Israel provided the sticker ID sheet that was required for entry and exit SO DO NOT LOSE IT! The only time you’d have an issue with entry would be the following:

    Passport stamp showing entry to Israel: denied entry in Syria & Lebanon. Conversely, stamp showing entry into Syria or Lebanon will get you denied entry to Israel. Though, they may exempt you because you aren’t middle eastern however it would not be worth the risk.

  18. If you indeed intend to go to Jordan through the Israel land border, I’d use an old passport rather than a new one because you might get in trouble with the Jordan stamps when you enter Arab countries.

  19. As an American you won’t have issue with Israeli security at the airports most likely unless you make a your self a target of additional screening. The bridge and land crossings vary a lot depending on the security threat levels. Most of the time they will just give you a slip of paper, kinda like in Hong Kong. It’s really not a big deal or a huge wait most of the time. People worry way too much about this in my opinion.
    It’s kinda like the Istanbul SSSSS myth. It doesn’t automatically happen to every person.

  20. I got my passport stamped when departing Israel in this January. However that was Ovda airport which may have different procedures than Ben Gurion.

  21. Slightly off topic but still relevant: when you arrive you will have to queue to be processed by a border control officer (as do all non-Israeli passport holders).
    You will get a small blue ticket with your photo and passport details on it.

    When you leave from Ben Gurion Airport: when you enter the passport control hall, turn to your right and use the automated border control computer – much faster than standing in line. It will print a small pink ticket with the same details as the blue ticket above.
    You then scan this at the automatic gates.
    Anyone with a biometric passport can do this but on departure only.

  22. They do the same in Vietnam, at least for Americans. Last time I went to Hanoi, they refused to stamp my passport, instead stamping a piece of paper that I had to return upon leaving the country. I found it odd that they would practice this but I never questioned it.

  23. I wouldn’t use the empty second passport for the simple reason that they probably know, or can easily access, information on your travel patterns and it might appear that you’re trying to conceal it. If questioned, just tell them the truth about your work – it would be very easy to verify.

  24. Be prepared for questions when entering and leaving Israel.

    The airport security experience was not enjoyable. Other than that Israel is a great place to visit

  25. I was in Israel recently and during my exit interrogation, I mean interview, the security personnel didn’t even look at my passport until 5+ minutes had gone by. I suspect the stamps in the passport aren’t an issue but then again, who knows. It’s completely random in my opinion and seems worse if you’ve been to Israel multiple times- but again, random. I was told I couldn’t carry my bag on the plane because my colleague behind me in line had a carry on and personal item?!?! No rhyme or reason to the mayhem. Definitely worth it though- Israel is amazing đŸ™‚

  26. Ug, El Al is crap. I flew to NYC -> Tel Aviv (via Istanbul) on Turkish Air and it was delightful. Great service, great food (in coach), and a free mini-bottle of good French wine with dinner.

    Flying home on El Al was just miserable, even though it was direct. Terrible service, could not get a cup of water to save my life. And they made my wife (she was unfortunately on an earlier flight) move because an Orthodox Jew could not sit next to a woman who was not his wife.

  27. I visited Israel earlier this year and i had a second new passport special for that and they did stamp the passport. But if you request not to be stamped they can do it on some paper. I did a mistake and now i cant use the passport going to UAE or maybe Malaysia or Indonesia.

  28. If that’s what you decide to do then be ready for secondary inspection after you get questioned by each stamp you have in your passport. My agent didn’t like too much my answers. Why you travel so much? My answer: my boss always wonders the same thing. When did you go to Dubai last. I tell her when. She said I lied. I went (later day) so and so day. I’m like honey that’s Abu Dhabi. Not dubai. It’s different. The secondary literally they take all your items. One by one. And scan them for explosives. They do it in front of everyone on that line and eventually return you all your stuff dumped on a tray. So yeah if you have extra 2 hours feel free.

  29. Was there last month and the agent practically laughed when I asked him to not stamp my passport, and told me they don’t stamp them at all now. Period. Hardest part is elbowing your way through the line to an agent.

  30. @Sergio T ….that was exactly my experience based on a Morocco and Turkey stamp… good luck Ben.

  31. I look forward to hearing how this goes for you. Best of luck. Ric Gazarian did an interview on Counting Countries with Dustin Pfundheller who was detained, then deported from visiting Israel, had to get a lawyer involved to finally visit the country.

    Dustin likes to meet a local to experience each country he goes to, he uses Tinder not for romantic purposes but, because it is more effective than the couch surfing website. This led to him having friends or “knowing people” in countries Israel has concerns about.

    Good luck!

  32. @Lucky, I had the same dilemma last year and decided to use a secondary US passport that was entirely empty in case they did decide to stamp. The fact that I had an empty passport raised a red flag (rather than showing my UK passport with stamps from plenty of mainly muslim countries) and I spent over an hour being questioned and every single thing in my bags being inspected. Not too fun an experience, but an amazing country none the less.

  33. Actually, you could get a second German passport as well. It’s possible nowadays!
    I am not sure how easy it is for you to go to an embassy or consulate to apply for one, but maybe you want to consider that too?

    Having 4 passports (2 of each country) doesn’t sound to bad to me đŸ˜€

  34. Of course, you should have the passport stamped. Why would you even go to another country
    that would prohibit you from entering, because you visited a country. Why would you play this game with these other countries?

    If Israel were a black country and another country would not allow you entry because you visited there, you would not consider going to that country or give them the time of day.

    Stand up for what is right!

  35. Perhaps this is obvious to some, but why the extra scrutiny by security when leaving TLV? I would expect that Israeli security would want to ensure anyone entering their country was fully vetted before being allowed to exit the airport to prevent any threat from arriving passengers.

  36. For most of us the exit “grilling” is not too tough – I could not remember the name of my hotel because I do not speak the language and got momentarily confused (it was early in the morning as well), and the agent just laughed and waved me through – probably knew better than I where I had stayed! No grilling at all on arrival.

  37. Have been to Israel many times. The sometimes extensive questioning isn’t to enter the country, it’s to get on a plane. So you will be questioned when you checkin for El Al, no matter where in the world you board. Leaving Israel, the questioning is for all airlines. The questioning is quite interesting — you don’t get any of the moronic questions the U.S. requires (did you pack your bag?); instead they’re super highly trained intelligent people who are trying to figure out who you are and why you’re there.

    They’re not going to care about stamps from Gulf countries. If you had Syria or Iran or Lebanon they’d be interested. Lots of Israelis actually go to Gulf countries and they have significant economic ties, just quietly. Just be truthful — and leave extra time.

    As everyone notes, you won’t get stamped. And you don’t use the same slip for exit, you scan your passport and get a new one.

  38. Why would you bother getting a second us or German passport? You already have a second passport of the other country. You’re probably right that your German passport will be easier though. Have fun.

  39. Even if they don’t stamp your passport, they may put a sticker in Hebrew on the back of your passport when going through departure security. Make sure to remove that before you visit another middle east country.

  40. Hello Lucky,
    I just returned from Israel on my Birth Right trip and can confirm they do not stamp your passport. You are given a card to carry upon entry and another card upon departure.

    Be prepared to answer the silliest questions with El Al. I am Jewish and they ran me through a gauntlet of questions about my family, what holidays I celebrate, if I know any prayers, etc. I do not know what they would ask someone not Jewish but please be sure to write them in your review since they are sure to be entertaining.

    You’ll love Israel. The people are super friendly and love guests from other countries. We had an amazing guide who showed us Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Druze holy sites and spoke with such passion about life in Israel.

  41. They much less likely to think you suspicious for having a full passport as they are if your story is an odd one.

    Telling them your plans honestly, and knowing the details of where you’re staying, how long, etc. and you will have a smooth entrance to the country. Leaving is where you’ll likely get slowed down a little more. I’m almost positive you’ll be a “5” level security, so make sure to plan some extra time for that as you leave Ben Gurion Airport.

    And if you can, avoid as many electronic items in your carry on as you can. The 5 level puts you in a separate lane where they SLOWLY look through your bag and take out EVERY THING that is electronic to do a ballastics swab on it.

  42. There’s so much misinformation, rumor, and conjecture out there on this topic. It’s very unfortunate. Even these comments have a lot of misinformation.

    Israel will not deny you entry simply because of stamps from other Arab countries. Upon entry at Ben Guirion they probably won’t even look. If you have Arab stamps, be prepared for further questioning when you LEAVE Israel. I was asked several questions about those trips during the security interview.

    The list of countries that deny entry to people bearing Israeli stamps is very small. Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia were the only ones the last time I checked. Of this list, Lebanon is the only one that sees a reasonable number of visitors. You will have NO problem whatsoever entering the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, or other commonly visited Arab countries. I was worried about this very issue and asked the Qatari embassy. They confirmed it would be no problem whatsoever, and it wasn’t.

    Sounds like this is a moot point these days, but it is seriously a non-issue unless you are planning a trip to Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, or Saudi Arabia.

  43. Last time we drove from Amman to Jerusalem and entered without going through Ben Gurion. Just got the bit of paper . The officer was a bit antsy with me for asking for it however the one processing my wife was fine . Looking forward to your El Al review. Travelling Bangkok to Tel Aviv next year and deciding between El Al & Royal Jordanian

  44. I strongly advise against using an old passport with stamps from all over the arab world. That of course, unless you have extra 30 minutes for the border control agents’ interrogation…

  45. If you are travelling in business or first with hand luggage only departing from Ben Gurion is really easy and quick. There is a special area beyond the main check in you should head for. It took me less than 5 minutes to get through. The main area is a zoo and can take ages.

  46. I’ve been to Israel twice over the last 8 weeks. They do not stamp your passport, mark your passport, or attach anything written in hebrew to the back of your passport. You won’t have any issues entering other countries in the Middle East and Africa.

  47. Just returned from Israel where I arrived by air, crossed the border into Jordan by land, then flew to Egypt. Your account is accurate. What I didn’t expect was that I’d have to show that little slip of paper wherever I rented accommodation (in addition to passport), so that caught me a bit off guard. Actually got the passport entry stamp on the Jordan side of the border, but Egypt either didn’t see it or didn’t care that I had it.

  48. The bigger issue is why? Why no stamps, why increased security and who is responsible.
    All those surrounding Arab theocracies , dictatorships and rabidly anti Semitic countries.
    So please do go to the most vibrant democracy (only) in the ME, and have an amazing time

  49. Somewhat related question: How do agents at passport control in different countries read the stamps? I have several in my current passport that are very difficult to read. When I enter a country, it doesn’t even seem like they look at the stamps most of the time. Instead, the scan it and look at a screen so I assumed they saw info about me including some travel history there.

  50. I flew El Al from BCN to TLV in May. The security questioning at BCN was much more intense than I ever imagined (at least for a US citizen). It is true that I had a one-way ticket on El Al, which is bound to raise suspicions. Still, I was taken aback by the level of scrutiny. I even had to boot up my laptop and show them emails to prove why I was in BCN in the first place. Then there was a second inspection near the gate.

    Part of the experience. Didn’t mind it as much as the similar questioning when I flew OUT of TLV, which seemed a bit redundant (after an incident-free week in Israel!).

  51. There will be no story to read if you do not use the passport with all the Middle East stamps. It is only a few hrs of grilling and maybe deny entry I got grilled for only a UAE and Malaysia stamp amongst many European stamps on mine but only for 10 mins.

  52. “My US passport is probably the most abused looking passport you’ve ever seen in your life.”

    Perhaps, but I would put mine up against it anytime. I don’t travel anywhere near the miles that you do, but, because we have traveled to many countries that require a visa, we have added pages multiple times. Then my wife ran mine through the washer and dryer. The cover is beginning to delaminate and it is a good 1/2 inch thick.

  53. I’ve seen people here comment on you getting questioned by security when checking in for your El Al flight coming from an international destination. The questions may seem intrusive, and you have a decent chance of having to speak to a security supervisor. You have a very unique line of work and reason for all the travel you do. They’ll ask if you your religion, they’ll ask if you know anyone in Israel, just be honest and you’ll be a-ok.

    The advice I give to everyone dealing with Israeli security is that even though it may be frustrating, a little intrusive, and some of the people you deal with may be…curt…be pleasant, be honest, don’t freak out.

    Also, when you leave Israel you will have to answer security questions regardless of what airline you are departing on.

  54. Israel doesn’t care if you have been to many muslim countries even if you have been to Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, etc they will not hassle you.
    If you want some “challenge”, go to Azerbaijan with some Armenian stamps/visa in your passport. Or go to Mexico with a passport in bad condition, you can be denied check-in for that.

  55. Last time I visited Israel (flew into TLV) I asked for my passport not be stamped and they didn’t even give me a stamp on a piece of paper. The only minor inconvenience with that was that I had to fill in a form when I checked in at my hotel as … surprise surprise … the couldn’t find an entry stamp in my passport đŸ™‚ It was a very short form though, so not really an issue.

  56. My experience was from 19 years ago so may not be useful, but when entering Jordan at Allenby/King Hussein Bridge and upon asking a Jordanian border official to not stamp on my passport, he gladly didn’t stamp and instead did on a piece of paper.

    Also entered Israel before that at Ben Gurion Airport with tons of Middle Eastern countries’ stamp and visa (including Syrian one) on my Japanese passport, but immigration was a breeze – only was asked the purpose of visit and that was it (was travelling with my mom at that time). And that too was arriving by a Jordanian airline from Amman. Then again, this is an old info.

  57. Israel gives you a printout with your picture type of visa and a barcode which is used to open gate and get to baggage claim. Customs is easy. Cannot comment on questioning as I am Israeli. However it is driven by security concerns and immigration. Yes Israel got illeagal immigration issues. The passport control is a mess. Ben Gurion arrival hall which seems big and airy 10 years ago is crowded. Be patient. You will be fine. Interrogation while intrusive is done by young people after army service usually students. They are polite, but us cis is just as intimidating as security questioning. If they suspect something they will grill you look at your laptop. While more curteous maybe and it is not a fun experience

  58. I would use the virgin German passport. If you have certain Arab stamps and/or visas it can cause very long secondary screenings which are no fun. They are much worse than the US ones. Everything is about security in Israel.

    If you have a tight time budget buy the VIP service at Ben Gurion since they can rush you through the lines.

  59. I arrived at Ben Gurion 2010 and received an Israeli stamp in my passport, inbound on TK IST-TLV.
    Breeze entering the country.

    Upon departure, it took 2.5hrs to process security. I was outbound on DL TLV-ATL in Business Class. As a single male traveling alone, I was sent to secondary screening. Many Q’s were asked about my stamps from UAE, Oman: what hotel did I stay at in Dubai? Why did I go to Oman? The female soldier then said, “We are worried that someone gave you a bomb to blow up the flight” to which I said ‘well, you gone through my bag 3x
    if you want it, keep it’ (I was only traveling with a small carry-on) the exit experience was negative and cast an unfavorable impression on my trip there.

  60. Israel doesn’t care if you’ve been to Arab countries. They care if you are a threat. Many Arab countries, however, care if you have been to Israel. Fortunately, as noted, Israel no longer stamps your passport directly when arriving by air. My US passport is liberally stamped with Saudi, Bahrain, UAE entry/exit stamps. And I have literally had 0 issues entering Israel with that passport.

    Since many Arab countries (and Iran) consider Israel an existential enemy, they do not allow Jewish people, Israeli citizens, or others who routinely travel to Israel, to enter their countries. This is not nearly as bad now as it has been in the not so distant past.

    Enjoy your trip to Israel.

  61. @Patrick as I noted in my first comment … I routinely travel to Saudi, Bahrain, UAE for business. And Israel. I have literally NEVER had an issue departing Israel due to the stamps in my passport. Ever.

  62. “when Arab countries deny entry because you’ve been to Israel that’s ok when Trump denies Arab countries for security then the leftist make a stink that it’s wrong and those are the countries that do the same thing to Israel deny them entry for no reason.”

    It isn’t for no reason.

    “Lots of Israelis actually go to Gulf countries and they have significant economic ties, just quietly”

    They travel with non-Israeli passports.

    “Since many Arab countries (and Iran) consider Israel an existential enemy, they do not allow Jewish people, Israeli citizens, or others who routinely travel to Israel, to enter their countries.”

    Not true, Jewish people with non-Israeli passports are allowed to enter those countries. And they do.

  63. I am the passport holder of a country that needs israeli visa in advance of travel. Is there any way i can get this visa on a separate sheet of paper instead of the passport?

  64. @Matt Trump was trying to ban people over their religious beliefs (which is clearly against the constitution). Arab countries don’t recognize Israel period. It isn’t over the fact that they follow Judaism (Jewish people can enter Arab countries), but over the fact that they don’t believe Israel is a true country, and that they’re an entity that are occupying another country (Palestine). Two completely different issues.

  65. The security interview, is slightly intrusive, but sticks to the point (even if you might not know it). The interview generally is based on a few topics, baggage, purpose of visit, and personal questions. The personal questions try to create a profile of who you are, including religious affiliations, marital status, if you have children, etc. They will then ask who packed your bag, where it was stored, if anyone gave anything to you to bring to Israel, or any sharp objects or weapons in your bag, they will then explain that the purpose of those questions. They will also ask why you are visiting Israel, where you will be staying, how long you’ll be there, do you have family there, etc. The interviewers also pay close attention to body language, so remain calm, and collected, and you should have no problems. If you do use the passport with the Arab stamps, they will simply ask you purpose of the visit, and all you need to say is business.

    The questions on departure from Tel Aviv are similar, and usually less intrusive (from my experience). I hope you enjoy your travels to Israel, and understand that the young adults questioning you would much rather be at Tel Aviv beach, and they are only there for you safety, the safety of others, and the safety of the State of Israel. Keep in mind, Ben Gurion airport, or El Al have not had a successful hijacking, ever!

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