Israel Passport Stamp: Everything You Need to Know [July 2020 Guide]

Israel Passport Stamp
Israel Passport Stamp

The Israel passport stamp is a hot topic when it comes to travelling in the Middle East. It’s something that causes a lot of stress to a lot of people. 

Almost any mention of travelling to Israel is synonymous with concerns about the Israel passport stamp. There is a lot of misinformation out there. However this is not something that you need to be concerned about. 

About This Guide 

The Israel passport stamp
The Israel passport stamp

This Israel passport stamp guide is updated periodically. I have travelled extensively through the Middle East and have visited Israel numerous times. 

The guide exists to answer all of the frequently asked questions and concerns about the Israeli passport stamp that you may have. For instance: 

  • Will my passport get stamped in Tel Aviv?
  • Can I visit Qatar with an Israeli passport stamp?
  • What is the problem with having an Israel stamp in my passport?
  • Can I travel to Israel if I’ve been to Iran? 

The Israel Passport Stamp 

The Israel Passport Stamp is no longer a concern for those flying into Israel - Neve Tzedek doorway
The Israel Passport Stamp is no longer a concern for those flying into Israel

Israel no longer stamps passports on arrival into the country. Travellers are now provided with a slip of blue paper that serves the same purpose. You are given this upon arrival and you should keep it safe throughout your trip.

The process of stamping people’s passports on arrival was phased out because of the problems the stamp incurred. Israel has not been stamping passports for several years now. This is because, unfortunately, Israel has less than favourable relations with some of its neighbours. 

Having an Israel stamp in your passport could ban you from being allowed to travel to certain countries in the Middle East. This was obviously a deterrent for many people. Consequently, the blue immigration slip was introduced. 

Things to Know About the Israel Passport Stamp 

Haifa, Israel
Haifa, Israel

The most commonly asked questions and concerns about the Israel passport stamp are detailed below. Feel free to contact me if you are worried about something that is not answered here.

The Blue Immigration Paper 

Israeli border control now hands you a blue slip of paper instead of stamping your passport. You will need to show this if you cross the border into the West Bank. Furthermore, some hotels and rental companies request to see this.

Your slip of blue paper is replaced with a pink “exit slip” when you leave the country. Your passport will not be stamped flying in or out of Israel. 

Land Border Crossings 

You can cross the land borders from Israel to Jordan or Egypt. There are no open borders between Israel and Syria or Lebanon. 

Crossing Israeli land borders is the only time where the passport stamp becomes a cause for concern. Stamps at any border crossing (including those on the Egypt and Jordan sides of the border) act as proof that you’ve been to Israel. 

You should request that the Immigration Officers stamp on your blue slip of paper instead of your passport. This way, you avoid getting an Israel passport stamp. 

The border guards are generally very understanding and cooperative about why you would not want an Israel passport stamp. Make sure that you ask them before handing your passport over. 

Israeli Visas 

Most nationalities are eligible for visa-free travel to Israel. This includes citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom, and most of Europe

If you are from a country where citizens require a visa for travel to Israel, this will be printed in your passport. Consequently, the matter of the Israeli passport stamp is irrelevant. Your Israel visa acts as proof that you have been to Israel.  

Travelling to Palestine

It is possible to travel to Palestine’s West Bank with an Israel stamp or slip of paper. Israeli forces control Palestine’s borders. You have to enter Israel to get to Palestine. 

You should present your blue slip of paper to the guards when entering and exiting Palestine. 

Countries That Prohibit Travel with Israel Passport Stamps 

You will note that your chances of even having to worry about an Israel passport stamp are slim. However, to clear up any uncertainty, the countries that you can and cannot enter with an Israel stamp are detailed below. 

Countries You CAN Visit with an Israel Passport Stamp 

Countries You CANNOT Visit with an Israel Passport Stamp 

  • Iran**

  • Iraq** (Iraq not Iraqi Kurdistan)

  • Afghanistan

  • Lebanon

  • Syria

  • Libya

  • Kuwait

  • Pakistan

  • Saudi Arabia **

  • Yemen

  • Sudan

The above countries are those that officially sanction Israel and probit travellers that have traces of Israel in their passports. There are a few important caveats to this though. 

Firstly, Iran has now stated that you can travel to Iran with an Israel passport stamp. Travel to Iran is permitted if your trip to Israel happened more than 6 months ago.

Secondly, Saudi Arabia has recently started opening up to tourism. The Saudi electronic tourist visa application does not prohibit those with Israeli stamps from entering the country. Similarly, many people have reported being able to get in and out of Saudia Arabia on business visas with no problem. 

Travelling in Spite of an Israel Stamp 

It is advisable not to try and enter countries that sanction Israel if you do have an Israel passport stamp. Penalties vary from country to country. Lebanon in particular is very strict about this.

Some countries may not even bother to check your passport. However, others may issue fines or refuse entry if you have travelled to Israel.

Entering Israel 

Israel does not prohibit travellers from entering the country on the basis of having certain stamps in your passport. However, Israeli border control is notorious for being strict. This is simply for the purposes of safety. 

You may be asked questions about your previous travels. This is especially the case if you have travelled to places such as Iran and Iraq.  

I have passed through Israeli border control several times. There were stamps from Morocco, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, and the UAE in my passport. I did not receive any serious questioning or interrogation.

Additional Border Checks Happen Sometimes

Additional checks do happen occasionally. For instance, if you have just returned from somewhere like Iran or Iraq, the Border Guards may ask to check your electronics, your phone, and your social media. Keep calm, remember this is a safety procedure, and cooperate with the Israeli border guards. 

Will People Know I’ve Been to Israel? 

There is no way that you will be flagged up as having previously travelled to Israel if you do not receive a passport stamp. Rest assured, there is no high-tech spy level technology that records this. Similarly, if you had an Israel passport stamp in a previous passport, it will not affect you travelling on your new one. 

Can I Rip a Page Out of My Passport? 

You should never rip a page out of your passport. The entire document is essentially voided if you remove a page because you received an Israel passport stamp,

Review Your Local Government Travel Advice 

Check your country’s government travel advice before travelling to Israel. This article is up to date to the best of my knowledge. However, processes can change overnight so it is better to double-check everything before you travel. 

You can find the UK government’s travel advice to Israel here. Here is the USA government’s travel advice for Israel.

Do you still have any additional worries or concerns about the Israel passport stamp? Do you need help planning an Israel itinerary? Please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will get back to you as soon as I can. Safe travels! Melissa xo


Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer and Blogger based in Athens, Greece. She writes for numerous high profile travel publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, Matador Network, The Times of Israel and The Huffington Post.

40 thoughts on “Israel Passport Stamp: Everything You Need to Know [July 2020 Guide]”

  1. If my passport expires and I get it renewed – so it is like a blank passport!
    Can immigration officials still pull up computerized records?

    This is that after my visit to Israel on business VISA, now I want to see Egyptian mummies and Istanbul on tourist VISA.

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    • Avantika I am sorry for the delay in replying – I was travelling in Uzbekistan with not much internet. Nope! There is no way that immigration can see that information without a stamp. In any case, Turkey and Egypt are both countries which are fine to visit even if you did have Israel stamps 🙂 Safe travels! Enjoy your trips!

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  2. I am taking a tour trip that will include Israel and Jordan. I am thinking of visiting Egypt before Israel (literally 2 days before Israel) If I fly from Egypt to Israel (with layover in Jordan) Do you think I will have trouble with stamps?

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    • Hi Ivett,

      Your trip sounds wonderful – hope you will have a great time!
      You shouldn’t have any issues with stamps as Israel, Jordan and Egypt all have peaceful relations with each other. Even crossing by land between Israel and Egypt, or Israel and Jordan is possible.

      Safe travels! Melissa xo

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  3. You might want to update your bit about crossing from Jordan to Israel via the Allenby Bridge.

    Jordan will stamp a passport on entry into the country at any point (eg Queen Alia Airport). Crossing to Israel via the Allenby Bridge, the passport will not be stamped with an exit stamp from Jordan – this is a red rag to an enthusiastic bull. An entry stamp into Jordan without an exit stamp suggests to any conscientious border official that the only possible route was an entry into Israel.

    The way around this is to then exit Israel and re-enter Jordan. Israel will neither stamp your passport on entry, nor on exit, at Allenby Bridge. Jordan won’t stamp on exit nor on re-entry here too. So, enter Jordan at any border or airport other than via Israel (getting a Jordan entry stamp), hop over to Israel via the Allenby Bridge and then return the same way to re-enter Jordan (without any extra stamps anywhere), and then leave Jordan by any route other than through Israel (and get a Jordan exit stamp) – then it just looks like you’ve been in and out of Jordan only!

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    • Hey Steve – Thank you very much for your input! When I travelled to Jordan, I did receive both entrance and exit stamps when crossing via the land border so I think it can depend. It’s worth keeping in mind, but I guess it depends a lot on the Border Guard that is working that day, and whether the process is subject to frequent review/change.

      Kind Regards,
      Melissa

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  4. I think someone must visit Isreal such a nice country and one of the worlds best economy. I rather prefer to visit Isreal instead of visiting some stupid countries which are not allowing visitors to their country if he/she having an Isreal stamp in the passport. These countries should remember that nothing is there in their countries.No Tourists, No GDP, Unstable economy..

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    • One should not pass judgement and call a country stupid because of their policies shows a lack of intelligence. I am a world traveler and when I visit a country I respect their culture and laws. I have been to Lebanon (one of those countries you refer as stupid) which is one of the most beautiful countries I have visited.

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  5. Hi! I just read your article above. To confirm, if vice versa, my friend has a Bahrain stamp on her passport, she will not be denied entrance to Israel via a cruise? Thank you for any knowledge you can share.

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    • Hey Jackie,

      Officially no, Israel do not ban people with Bahrain stamps from entering the country. It’s important to note though, that the Immigration Officials may ask questions about the various stamps that you have in your passports and where you have travelled before – this seems to be standard protocol. Of course, I cannot speak for what will happen with the Immigration Officer on the day.

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  6. Melissa, you are hot. seriously. don’t waste it.

    now to the question: you updated your post with statement that it is now ok to go to Iran with Israeli visa as long as I was in Iran? more than six months ago.

    I assume you meant Israel?
    and is this confirmed info? where?

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    • Hahaha well thanks.

      Yes – as long as you were in Israel more than 6 months before, the “official” word is that it is okay. This is according to the Iranian embassy while applying for my own Iranian visa.

      It’s important to note though that the relationship between the two countries is less than favorable, and with new developments being made in the Middle East constantly, I’d advise you to check with the Iranian embassy/consulate in your country before travelling.

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  7. I am an Indian, and we need advance Visa for Israel, in such case, Visa will be stamped on Passport. Later if I wish to visit Saudi Arabia, then it may create an issue?
    In general having Visa on your passport does not mean that you visited that country. Btw, I am planning to visit Israel as a tourist.

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    • Hey Shadab,
      I hope you are well.
      An Israel visa printed in your passport essentially acts the same way as an Israel passport stamp so it can cause issues in the countries mentioned as they do not have a good relationship with Israel. Having a visa in your passport doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve visited a country, sure, but some countries will not accept anyone that has even a trace of Israel in their passport.

      In the case of going to Saudi, I know a few people who had been there on work trips in the past with no problem. Now Saudi are also opening their doors to tourism and have introduced an e-visa which does not ask anything about Israel. My advice to you would be to email your local Saudi consulate and ask them what their thoughts are. I am not sure if Saudi immigration will be checking passports for this on arrival.

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      • Hi I m Mike from Nigeria nd I also have Dominican republican visa so I want to know if I ll be allowed entrance nd what re my chances of getting in

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        • Hi Mike,
          I suggest you check the requirements for your country/nationality. After a quick Google search, it appears that Nigerians need a visa to enter Israel as a tourist. You should contact your local Israeli consulate/embassy in Nigeria.

          Kind Regards,
          Melissa

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  8. We travel four or five time a year from Australia into Indonesia where we have an orphanage and school so of course we have many Indonesian stamps in our passports but we also hold a UK passport is it better to use this one for Israel rather than our Aussie passport?

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    • Hi Mike and Ann,
      Hope you are both well. Honestly, I doubt it will matter if you take the passport with Indonesian stamps, as Indonesia is not one of the countries that has tense/troubled relations with Israel. You ought to be fine.

      Israeli border control can often ask a lot of questions about stamps but it seems to be part of the process rather than anything interrogative. I had a lot of stamps in my passport from Turkey (had to travel there a lot with my old job), and a lot of Middle Eastern countries. The Israeli passport control guys asked me what I had done in those countries but just seemed to be standard questions they ask.

      I hope that helps.
      Have a wonderful trip!

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  9. Hi Melissa,

    My cousin is going to be visiting his brother-in-law in Dubai soon.
    He is an Indian passport holder.
    My concern is he will have a UAE stamp on his passport and later next year he would need to travel to Israel as well.
    Will the UAE stamp on his passport restrict his entry into Israel or reject his visa application?

    Best regards.

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    • Hi Rebecca,
      I would advise you to contact your Israeli consulate if you are concerned. However officialy no, Israel do not ban you from entering or getting a visa if you have stamps and visas in your passport from UAE, or even countries that do not recognise Israel such as Iran and Lebanon. If anything, this just may lead to additional questions from Immigration when passing through airports/borders in Israel.

      Melissa

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  10. Am impressed.Am learning new things.Am from Kenya,and have been to Dubai once,and am planning to visit next year,and at the same time visit Israel.Then visit Dubai again since i have relatives there.What should i do to avoid the Israeli stamp on my passport?

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    • Hi Kelba,

      This entire article discusses avoiding the Israel stamp… Have you read it?

      You will not be given a passport stamp on arrival in Israel unless you and from a country that requires you to have a visa for Israel in which case your visa will be printed into your passport.

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  11. Just a quick correction to your article; I had Israeli visa in my passport and wanted to visit United Arab Emirates and no, I was not allowed to enter. Just so you know that United Arab Emirates do not accept any trace of Israel in passports

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    • Hi, this is not true. The official word from the UAE is that they do allow access to those with Israeli stamps and visas, just not Israeli passports. This is well documented.
      I too travelled to the UAE after having travelled to Israel and with proof of the visit in my passport. The UAE border guards at Hatta checked my passports thoroughly and made no comment. I am sorry that this happened to you, but it seems to be an isolated incident, as officially, you CAN enter the UAE with an Israel passport stamp.

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  12. Hi,

    I need to know if I can get the Israel Tourist Visa as a separate document and not stamped on my passport, then this will avoid the entry/exit stamp on the passport correct ?? Noting that I’m Jordanian and UAE resident. Also I travel a lot to GCC countries (KSA, Kuwait,..etc) and ME region in general. Accordingly, would you please advise??

    Thanks.

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    • Hi Yaser,

      It is my understanding that an Israel tourist visa is printed into a passport. I suggest that you contact an Israeli consulate in Jordan for specific advice related to your country’s policy and arrangement with Israel.

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  13. i am in love with Isreal and I want to visit it since years..I am from Pakistan and Pakistani passport does not allow to get passport sticker on it……..but i have heard they issue visa on a separate paper to pakistani visitors..i am planning to visit Jordan and from Jordan to Isreal for 2 days only….Can you guide me? is it true?? do they allow pakistanis through blue paper ??

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    • Hi Shakeela,
      I am not sure of the specifics for every country. I would advise you to check with the Israeli embassy/consulate in Pakistan to see what the specific visa process is for Pakistanis.

      Safe travels! Melissa

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  14. My situation:(bare with me here…) I am going on a backpacking trip. I first fly from Atlanta to DOHA, Qatar on Qatar airlines for 12 hour stopover, then fly to Maldives, then fly to BAKU, Azerbaijan (flight connects through Doha, Qatar again) After exploring Azerbaijan, we take a train to GEORGIA, then later bus into ARMENIA. We then bus back to Georgia, then FLY from Georgia to ISTANBUL, Turkey. WE bus/fly around Turkey and then fly to Cyprus. Then we fly back to Turkey from Cyprus. We then ferry from Bodrum, Turkey to Santorini, Greece, then fly to Athens. THEN WE FLY INTO TEL AVIV. After 9 days of exploring Israel, we then FLY TO CAIRO FROM TEL AVIV. Then we fly out of Egypt to BAngkok, Thailand, then fly to Japan, then Korea then Taiwan, then China then back to USA. I just read your blog. It is January 25th, 2020 now. I believe my wife and I will have NO ISSUES according to your blog? We will just ask immigration of Tel Aviv to STAMP our blue cards as a precaution for Egypt? Yet, you go on to mention that even with “traces of stamp from Israel” Egypt is still okay to enter? So, regardless if we somehow got stamped in Tel Aviv when exiting, then no worries for CAiro? Plus, I assume Israel may simply question us when we arrive regarding visiting Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Qatar, but no need to be concerned? Please correct me if I am wrong? Thanks a lot!

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  15. Hi Melissa

    I’m thinking about a 3+ week trip which will encompass Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Cyprus. In fact, that’s the order I was planning on doing, unless you suggest something else.

    Border cross into Jordan, flight from Amman to Beirut, and then Beirut to Cyprus…

    Of course, any specific travel related information on any of these areas would be appreciated, in so far as can’t miss sites, best meal ever, and even personal contacts (especially in Beirut)…

    Thanks so much, Tom

    ps I own a small company, assisting American schools with the coordination of their Study Abroad programs…

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  16. Dont forget about Israeli security stickers on the back of your passport. Those let the israeli immigration know if youve been questioned and other countries’ immigration officers might check. Id give the article but you disabled pasting.

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    • Hi John,
      I’ve travelled to Israel numerous times and did not receive such a sticker. However if you do receive a removable sticker, common sense says to take it off when you depart the country – especially if you are planning on travelling onwards to places like Lebanon, etc, where you may have issues.

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  17. Hi,
    I am an Indian passport holder with a valid US B1B2 visa and a travel history for US so is there any option of applying e-visa for Indians? and Can i travel to UAE if my passport got an Israeli visa stamp?
    Really appreciate your response

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  18. Hi,
    I have a Malaysia visa on my passport and I want to apply for an Israel visa. Is there going to be any problems?

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    • Hey Herbert,
      Thanks for your comment. You shouldn’t have any issues with this. I had Malaysia stamps in my passport the first time I entered Israel. Additionally, Israel do not prohibit entry to those who have previous history/evidence of travel to Malaysia. You can always double-check with your local Israeli consulate/embassy when you apply for your visa for your own peace of mind if you so wish. Safe travels! xo

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