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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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UPDATE as at September 28, 2019: Effective today, Saudi Arabia has started issuing tourist visas to the nationals of 49 countries, including Canada (which was the country originally being asked about in this question) eVisas can be obtained via the official Saudi Visa Website, or on arrival in Saudi via a kiosk, at a cost of around US$125. Original Answer:...


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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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What people usually do is putting on their boxers/underwear in the shower cubicle then come out and put on the rest. Some people do what Burhan described in the other answer as well.


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There is no list published by the US government as mentioned in other answers, but I know people who were refused US visas in different US embassies/consulates because they have visited one or more of these countries: Iran Syria Pakistan Sudan Bahrain The list could be longer, and visiting one of these countries doesn't mean you will be refused; but, it ...


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Not at all! In fact, we see it as a sign of respect. It will also help you with the heat! these things are designed for the hellish weather in this desert. One thing to remember, be sure to use the right name in the right place, for some reason it has many names depending on the place and people might not understand it. The name "Thobe" in the UAE for ...


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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 diplomatic ...


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Technically, I don't believe that the US has a list of countries that would automatically disqualify you from entry if you have visited them. However, immigration officers have a large degree of discretion when it comes to denying entry to non-citizens. If you are unfortunate enough to run into an ignorant, prejudiced, or suspicious agent at the border, ...


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Wrap a towel around your waist (or use a dressing gown/shower gown and face the locker) and then change your trunks/shorts.


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Iraq - Level 4: Do Not Travel Source: U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, April 9, 2019


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Yes it does. The Department of Homeland Security answers this exact question: TSA recommends passengers transferring at one of the 10 affected airports place any large personal electronic devices in their checked bags upon check-in at their originating airport. Do note what the Washington Post says, quoting an anonymous source: the logistics of enforcing ...


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We in the Middle East follow international standards :) Shaking head means no, nodding means yes, thumbs up means thumbs up, middle finger means the same as in the US, same as in the V sign. That's not the case for "crossing fingers", which could be interpreted as vagina, but only when the context is about that. Also, the "OK" sign means "I will kill you ...


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Subsequent to this question being asked, the US has changed the Visa Waiver Program rules such that people who visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria on or after 1 March 2011, or are dual nationals of those countries, must apply for visas even if they are of a nationality that would normally be granted a waiver. In addition, people who've visited Libya, Somalia ...


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Petra is in the desert, so rain is rare, but it's also in a dry river bed (wadi) so flash flooding after heavy rain is possible. It's worth noting this only affects the actual monument, the town of Petra where all the hotels etc are is located above the valley and is not subject to floods So avoiding flash floods is simple enough: don't go into the valley ...


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This is a more general answer, as I don't have any knowledge of what is the protocol for Lebanon born citizens of non enemy countries is. Palestinian born citizens of other countries, and even people whose parents are Palestinian citizens (but they are not) will have trouble entering Israel. As depicted in this story, as well as on the site of the U.S ...


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No, it is currently (2016) not safe to travel to Socotra nor Yemen at all. Yemen is in a bloody civil war since 2015, with no peaceful outcome currently in sight. Basically all governments warn against travel to all of Yemen, including the island of Socotra. UK travel advice The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Yemen....


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As a practical and comforting example, I had been to Lebanon, Qatar, Oman and Jordan and maybe some other "questionable" countries (such as Yemen that is mentioned in another answer, but not including Iran from your list) before visiting the US last year, and that did not cause any trouble. Admittedly, I had obtained a fresh passport in the meantime, but it ...


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Israel's immigration allows you to stamp in a piece of paper ( outside the passport ), so if you want to travel to other Arabian countries, their immigration will not get the Israel's immigration stamp in your passport. Check this blog about Israel's Passport Stamping Policy. I never heard any problem entering Israel after visiting Bali / Malaysia.


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It is totally okay to visit Egypt with a tattoo. I am 100% Egyptian and I have tattoos in many parts of my body and nobody can say anything. It does not identify me as a criminal or anything. It is just normal.


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I am not sure what sandals you are talking about (I live in Kuwait where the temperature today is a nice and cool 43C); here we wear all manners of sandals. The traditional sandals are made of leather or other typical shoe material; what I mean here is that there is no special formula or material used just to avoid the heat. You should, however, avoid ...


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It may depend on which crossing you will use. If you go by the Allenby bridge, and return by the Allenby bridge within the visa validity, you don't need a multiple entry visa. They also do not make any stamp on your passport on the Jordanian side (and you can ask for no stamp on the Israeli side) at this border crossing. From a much older version of the ...


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The general answer is that all countries have the right to refuse entry to anyone who isn't their citizen, for any reason. The more interesting and applicable answer is that, in practice, Israel is very unlikely to deny you entry just because of where you were born. Since Canadian citizens don't need a visa to enter Israel, you'll get off the plane and go ...


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In September 2019 Saudi Arabia announced it is going to open its borders for tourists with a new visa regime. BBC: Saudi Arabia's tourist spots you are now free to visit The Saudi Visa Portal lists Canada as one of the 49 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania eligible for the new visa regime. According to the portal: The eVisa will be ...


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If you are traveling to either Dubai or Sharjah wiping your Kindle is not required. If you are traveling with a non-portable computer (a desktop) they may ask you to turn it on just to make sure it is actually a computer and not something else. For portable computers (laptops) you don't have to wipe them either. For printed books it's a different matter, ...


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Currently only the US and UK have applied a ban on electronics in the cabin. Australia has implemented additional screening at the origin airport.


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I could not find a formal statement by any country that previous travel to Israel forbids entry. www.gov.uk states that a passport indicating such entry may prevent entry to Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lybia, Sudan, Kuwait and Lebanon. However: This is not a formal statement by any of these countries. The problem mentioned is with passport stamps, not a prior ...


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Basically, the answer is no. It's anecdotal but I have heard many reports about people being denied entry to the US based on repeated travel to "unfriendly" countries, never to European countries (and especially not to the Schengen area). Generally speaking, there is a sharp distinction in the US between citizens and residents, whose rights enjoy strong ...


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I would personally take that sign to mean 'no strutting around in the nude', aka it's acceptable to quickly change but not for longer than necessary.


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Since you are asking for the middle east let me give you and all visitors an idea of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. Plenty of western people in Dubai have tattoos on display in the water parks and the major areas, sensitivity issue is not so much the tattoo but the "owner" and choice of dress. If you are dressed respectful then nobody will complain ...


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In theory, nothing has changed: pornography, very broadly defined, remains entirely banned in the UAE. An Internet filter also remains in place, although it's very patchy (playboy.com will be blocked, obscurehotgoatse.xxx probably not) and it's easily circumvented by VPN. In practice, Dubai gets so many visitors that they don't even attempt to control the ...


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