At the time of writing, many Arab countries other than Egypt and Jordan – and in particular Syria, Lebanon, Libya and Sudan – will deny entry to anyone whose passport shows evidence of a visit to Israel. Although Israeli immigration officials will usually agree not to stamp your passport if you ask them clearly, an Egyptian entry stamp at Taba or Rafah in the Sinai will give you away – and the Egyptians will insist on stamping your passport. If you are travelling around the Middle East, either visit Israel after you have been to Syria, Lebanon, or wherever, or else travel from Jordan to the West Bank and back via the Allenby (King Hussein) Bridge to avoid getting any stamps at that border, and visit Israel from the West Bank. This will not of course allow you to travel directly between Israel and Egypt.


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