I've recently come back from China and on the way back to Europe I made a stopover in Dubai, UAE where my passport was stamped.

If I decided to go to China again, would this stamp be a problem whilst applying for a new visa?

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    Is there something specific that makes you think this would cause a problem? Anything in particular you are worried about?
    – drat
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 6:58
  • According to one of the visa agencies in my country it might be a problem. So I rather seek an advice beforehand instead of having my future visa application rejected.
    – Tomas
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 7:23
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    Why does your visa agency think that would be a problem? Dubai even has lots of flights to China on Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Emirates etc. Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 7:50
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    I can't think of any passport stamp that would be a problem for China. Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 8:27
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    Countries like Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and others wont let you in, if you have an Israeli passport stamp. Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 10:57

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If you ever do have a situation where a visa stamp in your passport will preclude you from visiting another country, your passport agency will likely be fine with granting you a second passport.

This happens not infrequently with US journalists--the US government issues them a second passport for what some call the "terrorism tour" countries. (The second passport is not free and is only issued after an interview with an FSO, Foreign Service Officer.)

The idea that you can only get one passport at a time from a particular country is NOT true.

Your mileage may vary if your passport is issued by a country other than the US.

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    Haha, I like your expression "terrorism tour", but don't think the United Arab Emirates counts for this ;). You made a good point - if any problems should arise I'd play it safe and ask for 2nd travel document. However, from other comments it seems it will not be necessary.
    – Tomas
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 11:28
  • Also note that you need to know about the need for a second passport way in advance of travel. -- You need to convince your state dept to authorize the granting of a second passport. Some countries enable their consulates to grant passports, others (eg UK), do not.
    – Larry K
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 11:49
  • Any decent paranoic entry-denying state would of course build up enough intelligence to find out where you've been with your other passport without even looking at any stamps, wouldn't it? Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 13:05
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    The good news is that the paranoid entry-denying states aren't decent. So no worries.
    – Larry K
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 13:18

I've been to China with a UAE stamp in the same passport. No problem was raised. I don't particularly see why there would be a problem?

China and the UAE have pretty good relations.

So in answer to your question - yes, it IS possible to travel to China with a UAE stamp in your passport.

  • Great! Can anyone else confirm please? Anyway, I'm very pleased to hear that I won't need to have a new passport issued.
    – Tomas
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 7:25
  • China and most countries have pretty good relations, everyone loves (and hates) China, and they do the same back. It's modern diplomacy nowadays.
    – insidesin
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 10:46
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    @Tomas have traveled to both countries too, so here is your confirmation. The only country I would be worried about is visiting Israel and then a Mid East country. Enjoy your travels!
    – AKS
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 5:59

I can confirm Mark Mayo's experience. It is possible to travel to China with a UAE stamp in your passport.

I base this on my own experience. I have two stamps from the UAE as well as several visas, both business and travel Visas from China in my passport and never experienced any problems at immigration in either of the two countries.


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