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Israel Passport Stamps and Travel Visas

September 24th, 2010
Israel is one of the most popular countries in the Middle East for American tourists. US citizens do not need to apply for a travel visa in advance to visit Israel-all you need is a passport valid for at least the next 6 months and you're good to go. However, having an Israeli stamp in your passport can make it difficult to get travel visas for certain other countries. For example, if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport, the following countries will not issue you a travel visa or allow you to enter the country: Libya Sudan Lebanon Syria Saudi Arabia Kuwait Yemen Iran For this reason, most travel guides recommend making Israel the last stop on your Middle East tour. You can also ask the Israel customs officials to stamp a detachable sheet of paper inside of yo

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Travel Visa Requirements To Follow in the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

May 21st, 2010
From 336 to 323 BC, the Macedonian army, led by Alexander the Great, blazed through the Middle East as Alexander strove to conquer Darius, the king of Persia.  Although Alexander's reign was short, his impact on history was tremendous. Now, reporter Theodore May is retracing the path the army took, on foot. Currently in Lebanon, he is blogging about his journey here.  For real-time updates, you can also check out his Twitter feed here. Of course, travel visas weren't really an issue back when Alexander the Great traveled this route. Even if they had been, I seriously doubt he would have cared. You, however, are not Alexander the Great, and you don't have the entire Macedonian army at your back. If you want to undertake a similar journey, researching travel visa requirements is an

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Getting a Qatar Tourist Visa

November 6th, 2009
Tourism is a growing industry in Qatar, a wealthy, oil-rich nation in the Middle East.  According to the Qatari Embassy website,  the development of more tourist facilities was prompted by "the firm policy adopted by HH the Emir, HH the Heir Apparent and the government to open up to the outside world." Qatar's attractions include spectacular markets, interesting historical sites, and Khor Al Udeid. Also known as the Inland Sea, Khor Al Udeid is a spectacular field of white towering sand dunes that surrounds a channel ending in an inland lake.  There is no road  that leads to Khor Al Udeid, so you'll have to arrange a tour in an off-road vehicle. To enter Qatar, US citizens need both a passport and a Qatar visa.  If you enter Qatar through the airport (which all tourists are requ

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