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The Israel passport stamp may cause a entry problem with when visiting the following countries, not USA: there does seem to be some consensus as to which countries do restrict access. They are as follows: Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq (except the northern Kurdish region), Sudan, Yemen, There have also been reports of ...


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Yes, having an Israeli stamp in your passport can restrict your ability to enter some Islamic and Arab nations including: Syria Lebanon Libya Kuwait Iran Iraq Pakistan Saudi Arabia Sudan Yemen What to do about it? Here are some options... Don't worry about it -- If you aren't interested in travelling to any of these countries, it doesn't matter if you ...


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You have the right to ask for a Canadian passport that does not show your place of birth. This implies that having it in your passport may cause problems in some cases. The disclaimers on that page further suggest that not having it in your passport may cause problems, too. To quote from their info page: You may request that your place of birth does not ...


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Per the incredible article Etrog-runners held at Ben Gurion, Israel imposes an import duty and requires "permits from the ministries of health and agriculture" for these items. At least as of 2011, lulav imports by individual tourists were banned. This 2015 article, from an official government site, states (via Google Translate): The Ministry of ...


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Israel never stamps passports at Ben Gurion (TLV) Airport. They always hand you a separate ticket to keep with your passport. As per the other answers, the USA is about the last place to worry about for this subject, but, in fact, there's no stamp to worry about at all.


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I am from Lebanon, you could visit Israel using a Canadian or a Lebanese passort, Israel will let you in. Many priests and nuns visit Israel each year. In fact, our Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al‑Rahi will go to Israel to welcome the pope. But there's a catch. You cannot come back to Lebanon, well technically you could, but you ...


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Israel is quite a safe country. However, due to its particular geopolitical situation, there can be surprises. Travel to some regions should be avoided, such as the immediate surroundings of the Gaza Strip and the surroundings of the Lebanese border. Due to the war in Syria, there might be some trouble in the Golan Heights. If that's the case, the region ...


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Israel allows Citizens of all countries to enter its borders, as long as they have an appropriate visa. There are countries for whose citizens Israel doesn't require a visa for a tourist stay of no more than 90 days. Malaysia and the other countries that don't recognize Israel and don't have diplomatic relations with Israel are not on that list so a ...


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More than a quarter of Israeli exports go to the United States and 13% of imports come from there. Not only does a free trade agreement exist between the USA and Israel but it was the first such agreement the USA entered into. Many large USA companies operate significant research centers there including Intel, Microsoft, Apple. Notably the Haifa research ...


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In short: Come to the airport early, security checks will take longer. You should expect a longer and more serious security check before your departure and after your landing, including questioning about your whereabouts and activities in Iran or Kuwait. If you just visited there, this should be it - your entrance is very highly unlikely to be refused. ...


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Yiddish is only spoken in very specific neighborhoods by very specific people. Usually you would identify them by being rather old (middle-aged+) and very religious (you can see by their clothing). You would probably encounter them in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak. Some younger members of the certain Ashkenazi religious communities speak Yiddish, as well as some ...


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Regarding Turkey, Egypt and Jordan: The three countries have diplomatic relations and peace treaties with Israel. From personal experience you can enter Turkey with an Israeli passport, and from people I personally know, the same goes for Egypt and Jordan. So an Israeli stamp in the passport isn't a problem. Regarding Malaysia, which doesn't have ...


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I live in the Tel Aviv area, and I can confirm that most of Israel is easily accessible from there. I have no idea what tourist infrastructure exists in the Palestinian Authority area, if any, and how to get there from Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is something like Miami, in that attractions include the beach and a lively nightlife, while Jerusalem has a lot more ...


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Jerusalem is no longer divided (it was divided between Jordan and Israel between 1948 and 1967). Israel controls all of it, and there are no check points or border control anywhere in the city. There are security checkpoints at the entrance to the Temple Mount, but they're there to keep the Israelis (and weapons) out, not the foreigners (as opposed to what ...


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Israel side of the map Israel is like any other western country. The Israelis are warm and kind people. Street thieves and pickpockets are very uncommon. Because of the political/religious tension, Israel security systems and regulations are world class, as is medicine, technology etc. Of course it has places that you should be extra cautious, or aviod. ...


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Yes, you can enter Israel or Jordan after visiting the other without problems. The two signed a peace treaty in 1994 and have permitted travel to each other ever since. Of course, you may be questioned in Israel about what you were doing in Jordan, but if you went there for legitimate business reasons, you'll be fine.


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I almost entered Israel from Egypt using the Taba/Eilat border crossing Michael Seifert mentions in his answer in 2016. In that year, there was a local bus connecting central Eilat to the crossing; I strongly assume that it still exists because it also connects places such as the underwater observatory to the town centre. So on the Israeli side, there should ...


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As an American who just recently traveled to Israel for the first time with a former Israeli, my impression is that you should stay in Jerusalem. We took a bus that only took about 45 minutes from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. They are very close together. And Jerusalem was much more interesting to me from a tourist perspective (i.e. the rich history and ...


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Re the borders, Jordanian border is the quietest one (taking the honor from the Egyptian & Syrian borders, which now have some potential for danger given the instability there). During the war of 2006 in Israel, land borders with Jordan and Egypt were open and unaffected. Land borders with Syria and Lebanon are only open for the UN personnel and Syrian ...


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You can just cross through these zones. No extra visa required. There may be checkpoints where the Israeli army will have a look at your passport or scan your bags (such as e.g. the Bethlehem checkpoint). But on some road blocks they may just wave you through (such as e.g. on the road 90 in the Jordan valley). It all depends on the current situation ... In ...


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Yes, security interview is done on all domestic Israeli flights as well as all outbound flights and inbound Israeli flights. To the best of my knowledge, and from my experience there is no difference in the interview and security check between international and domestic flights. With the only difference is that (at least for Israeli citizens) a passport isn'...


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As an Israeli with some Israeli-Arab and Palestinian friends I've found that English is understood (even if not spoken) pretty much everywhere. In Israel, English is taught for 10 years, and most people - especially in tourism and in the richer parts of Israel (Gush Dan - central Israel) - will be fluent English speakers. In touristy places, people will ...


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Yes, you can get interviewed both for domestic and international trips. Source: it happened to me when I was flying from Eilat to Budapest via Tel Aviv. But, if you are worried about this because of the time it takes then there's a lot more that happened to me on that day: I was strip searched at the Eilat airport before boarding to Ben Gurion and they ...


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He can apply for a visa. Entering Israel, like any other state, requires permission in the form of a valid visa, unless it's for specific reasons by citizens of specific countries. As an enemy state, Lebanon is obviously not one of the countries exempt from a visa. But, it's Israel's policy to allow everyone, including citizens of enemy states to apply for ...


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English is taught in Israeli schools from primary school, and as you mentioned, foreign media is subtitled and not dubbed (except for media targeted toward children). Most people have at least basic or better knowledge of English and will be able to help a tourist. Also most public signs have an English translation, and many restaurants will have an English ...


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Background The Shabbath (pronounced Shabbat in Israeli Hebrew) imposes some travel limitations but offers some exciting experiences. If you plan your trip correctly, you can greatly benefit from it. The first important thing to know about Shabbat is that its character varies greatly among different areas in Israel. Ultra religous quarters in Jerusalem (...


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It has an impact, but it isn't problematic. The Sabbath runs from Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown, though in practice it could extend from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. In planning your trip, it is much like planning in other countries where shops are closed on Sundays or museums are only open on certain days. The key thing is to plan your ...


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German citizens (born in 1928 or later) do not require a visa to enter Israel, so there won't be any background check in advance. As to the background check at the border, I'm not sure where you're getting your information from about this: "Realistically the Israelis will do a digital background check ... natural language processing of everything you wrote ...


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This Anglo List webpage on the topic carries information on various useful contact numbers in Israel, including emergency numbers: Note you can also use 112 to contact emergency services in many countries including Israel, in which it is callable from mobile phones only.


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Like any country, a visa is just an endorsement allowing you a specific period of time in a country based on your citizenship (and other potential factors). However, once you're at the border, the border agents / authorities can and will still make a further assessment. They might evaluate: your ability to support yourself while in the country your intent ...


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