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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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While Tourist Israel is not government, it's a pretty reliable site and their page has this important note: As of January 2019, Israel made a change to remove cash from bus transportation and use the Rav-Kav card exclusively. OK so we need that card! Almost everyone will enter Israel either at Ben Gurion or Ramon so let's see where we can get a card ...


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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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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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I flew Tel Aviv–Amman earlier this year on Royal Jordanian. On my way to the security screen between land and airside, I quickly drank up the bottle of orange juice I had with me under the impression I would have had to dispose of it anyway. However, that assumption was wrong. Quite a few other members of my group kept liquids in bottles through the ...


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Because of the lack of diplomatic relations with so many countries to the East, El Al has a very limited number of flights that go Eastbound from Tel Aviv, and most of those flights (Beijing, Bangkok) take very circuitous routes to avoid flying over countries which are technically at war with Israel including Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. So if you were ...


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It didn't stop me, I got a grilling about the contents of my passport when I traveled for business in February. The people doing the checks were El Al staff, before departing LHR. They asked me about stamps for Egypt x2 (from the beginning of the civil unrest), Jordan, UAE, Turkey, Morocco and a trip to Lyon, France (though I suspect that was to get a ...


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A. You can turn it into a blank horizontal postcard by taking a blank white sticker and putting it on the lines. B. Put the address in such a way that it's distinct from the content. Remember that after all the people that handle the mail are people, they can process mail that doesn't fall exactly into predefined templates, but they will not get out of ...


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General rule: read the sticker on the item you want to use, although in some cases it is a text area molded into the plastic of the transformer of the charger. Most laptops, phones, camera chargers and such these days are made to run off 100 as well as 240 volt, and can handle 50 as well as 60 hertz. If something is made to run on 240 volt, it will ...


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