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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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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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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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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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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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Realistically, you probably can't - at least, not at the moment. Saudi Arabian visas are incredibly difficult to get. As you've said, there is no Tourist visa, and presumably you don't qualify for a Hajj visa (and even if you did, they only allow entry to specific areas and on specific dates - you can't travel within the country). In general, the only ...


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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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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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Yes, There are: Oman: Chinese, Russian and Ukrainian nationals may obtain visit visas following the same procedures provided that they are part of tourists groups arriving to the Sultanate through a local tourist agent or a hotel or as a family. In the case of groups, the number of females must not exceed the number of males. Source: wikitravel.org Saudi ...


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If you are a foreigner then it is ok, you can show them or hide them no one will actually care. It is not something common there for middle easterners to have but people do not judge foreigners for having or showing them. Regarding Egypt in particular, it is common for criminals and people who been prisoned to have them, so that will be the first ...


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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 ...


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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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Are all countries between the "near east" and the "far east" then "middle eastern" countries? I always thought Middle East and Near East are mostly synonyms. (For me, this is probably influenced by the fact that the Finnish word for Middle East is Lähi-itä, literally Near East.) Even if we stick to English terms, Wikipedia tends to agree (emphasis mine):...


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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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You will need a visa for Turkey, but the other countries you have listed (Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Malta) do not require visas from American citizens. Also remember that Crete is part of Greece, although I don't see it on your map, so perhaps this isn't relevant. A Turkish visa is issued at the border to US passport holders and is good for 3 months of ...


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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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You can cross the Turkey-Iraq border at Silopi-Zakho and travel throughout Kurdish Iraq without any problems. In the past (before 2008), the border was a bit more difficult as the Turks and Iraqi border guards were much more suspicious of non-locals crossing, but now they don't even look twice. You'll get a 10-day visa on arrival at the border although it ...


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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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Chris Guillebeau, author of The Art of Non-Conformity blog, has an article on how he managed to get there.


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I entertained the idea to spend some time in Dubai as well, considering I have to change planes there anyway. I talked to a friend last week who lived for several years in Al Ain, a city in the UAE on the Omanian border. It seems the UAE are okay for travelling by yourself, but a city like Al Ain with a population of over 370,000 and a possible gateway ...


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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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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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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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These photos were taken in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The last photo shows the Alfaysaliya building.


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Middle East is a geographical area east of the Mediterranean sea and west of India. Sometimes the "stans" are included (Afghanistan and Pakistan) but more often they're not because when the term was originally coined they were part of British India. As mentioned in the comments, North African countries are considered "Middle East" in some cases, because ...


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It is possible to go to Iraq. Business people travel there regularly, although they normally travel with security. There's a pretty good summary of the area here. Kurdistan seems to be one of the more stable areas, and the border with Iran seems to be pretty scary. I would be afraid to travel in Iraq, but then I'm also afraid to go to Colombia, which is ...


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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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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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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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