I have a friend who was living in Australia and he said that I would not be permitted to enter Australia with an Israeli stamp on my passport, is this true? I find that very hard to believe.
Your gut instincts were right. We’re just off the phone with our contact at Australia Tourism who says emphatically, “Australia absolutely has no issue with any stamps on passports.”
For an up-to-date, country-by-country listing of passport requirements around the world, go to the “Foreign Entry Requirement” Web page of the U.S. State Department at http://travel.state.gov.
That said, you may wish to note the following caution from the experts at Frommers posted online at: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/israel/0227020032.html
“If you plan to visit Arab countries, ask for your visa stamp to be placed on a piece of paper separate from your passport when you enter Israel (if your passport is stamped by Israel, that stamp will close the doors to many Arab and Islamic countries for the duration of your passport). Israeli passport control personnel are accustomed to this request and in most cases will cooperate, but an occasional ill-tempered clerk may decide to make extra problems for you by stamping your passport. With political conditions the way they are, even in relatively friendly places such as Morocco, Egypt, or even Bali (a Hindu island in Muslim Indonesia), Israeli stamps in your passport could cause problems should you find yourself in a local police station, or when you show your passport in banks, hotels, or post offices.”
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