Why THIS country doesn’t stamp your passport – or you could be banned from travelling
Passport stamps are often a way to brag about the exotic travels holidaymakers have been on around the world.
However, many travellers may not realise that certain stamps could hinder their future travels.
A stamp from Israel is just one of the few that could mean certain countries prohibit the traveller from entering.
It also includes any other traces such as visas within the passport or luggage stamps from the country.
An Israeli stamp can often cause problem in entering many Muslim countries.
These countries include Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen.
This is why many airports and border controls no longer offer stamps and instead give a separate entry and exit card which they stamp instead to keep the passport clear of it.
Travellers should keep hold of this card until they leave the Israel to prevent any problems.
Quora user Daniel Gerber also stated: “Some Muslim countries, mainly Arab countries, prevent you visiting if you’ve been to Israel. “This is because they don’t recognise the state of Israel.”
In 1948, Israel was officially recognised as a state and a year later became the 59th member of the United Nations.
Yet to this day, 25 countries have never recognised Israel, many of which previously stated don’t allow those to enter with an Israel stamp.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) confirm on their website: “Visitors entering via Ben Gurion airport are given an entry card instead of an entry stamp in their passport.”
For those for often travel to Israel, many even have two passports to avoid the issue.