Aug 07

Entering Dubai with an Israeli stamp in the Passport

International Terminal at Dubai Airport

International Terminal at Dubai Airport

Dubai is one of the hottest destinations right now. It is part of the United Arab Emirates. Several nationalities can enter the country without even needing a Tourist Visa. The process for those who need one is quite easy. One can apply using the Emirates Airlines system (for those flying with them) or it can be worked out with many different hotels. The process just takes three or four days.

There has been a lot been said about if one person who has been previously in Israel and has a stamp from there in their passport can enter Dubai. Well, officially the United Arab Emirates does not put any restriction for persons in such a situation. It is true that they deny tourist visas to Israeli citizens or to those who even holding a different citizenship were born in Israel.


A recent update for travelers planning on going to Israel with future plans for Dubai, The Israeli government is no longer stamping passports at the Ben Gurion International Airport, so this question is no longer an issue on the basis that there will be no stamp in your passport from Israel as of April 2014 onwards if you enter Israel using the International Airport. If you have an Israeli stamp from before, keep reading below to see that it is also not an issue that will complicate entry to Dubai.


It is important to understand that there are different airports in the UAE. The main one is in Dubai. Abu Dhabi is another very important point of entry. Sharjah receives several flights from different international destinations and we have heard some reports of people entering through that airport who have been questioned why they have an Israeli stamp in their passports. Sharjah is the most conservative of the seven Emirates.

On their last trip one of the members of our team had an Israeli stamp in their passport, the immigration agent opened the passport in the exact spot with such stamp. He carefully examined the page and then asked if the trip to Israel has been enjoyable and he put the Dubai entry stamp next to that one without a problem.

So, as a conclusion we can affirm (and it is clear in the page of the U.A.E. embassy in London) that there is not a problem in having a stamp from any specific country when thinking about visiting Dubai or any of the other cities in the Emirates.


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    Hi All

    I recently went to UAE thru Sharjah. I have an Israeli visa and stamps in my passport. Had gone to Israel for business purposes. There were no issues with immigration at UAE. But I have read in other sources that they might ask you to get a CID approval at the airport or maybe the immigration might ask you some questions about why you visited Israel. I do not think it would be a problem in UAE.

    I didn’t get tickets to Dubai, so went thru Sharjah. But I have heard that Dubai is more lenient compared to Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

    Anyway no issues with me entering UAE via Sharjah with an Israeli visa and stamp. Just wanted to share my experience.


    Vinod Varghese

    1. Thanks Vinod for sharing your experience, it is good to know that people are still transitioning smoothly with the Israeli stamp in their passports.



  2. Traveller

    This is good to know as I travel to the ME all the time for business, and I will be visiting Israel this year for a holiday. Any idea if the same holds true for Qatar as relating to the Israeli stamp?

    1. As far as we know it is the same for Qatar


  3. Miserable git

    The above info is not completely accurate. Passport are still being stamped at the land crossings, just not at Ben Gurion. Also, I had no issues (apart from a few terse questions) in entering Israel twice with an Iranian visa on my passport.

    1. Thanks very much for your comment. The first sentence in our article about Israel not stamping passports states that they have decided not to stamp passports In Ben Gurion airport. Yes we are aware that they still stamp passports at the border crossings, thanks for mentioning that again, we will add a line to the article clarifying that. Finally about the problems related with stamps from other Middle Eastern countries, no one can really predicts if it will create a problem. Most of the times it just leads to an intense questionary, but other times it will represent long time awaiting until one receives the clearance to travel. Just two weeks ago one of our good friends was interrogated for one hour at Ben Gurion Airport for having stamps of Qatar and UAE in his passport, it is something that will not stop me of traveling to Israel but one has to keep it in mind.

  4. Traveler

    Hello there,

    Thanks for the info on your site here.

    I am from India. I traveled to Tel-Aviv, Israel a few months back. The embassy here in India pasted a visa document on one page of my passport. When I reached Ben Gurian airport, immigration did not stamp it. They hand out a small slip as entry document and I gave it out back when going back.

    I have 2 quick questions. If you / your readers have any info around it, do share:

    1 Can I apply for and get work visa / permit for Dubai?
    2 Can I apply for and get business visa / permit for Doha & UAE?


    1. nandubeede

      Did you go to Polycom in israel

  5. Miserable git

    In response to the last query, you shouldn’t have problems in applying for a work permit to Dubai.Now whether or not it would be granted..

  6. Romeo Bije

    I have a question i am a student and a filipino citizine .. I have a OJT in israel for 11 months… Because of our school my visa was student and not permitted to work but have israeli stamp. …. Now i want to go in uae to work can i enter uae without any pfoblems?pls reply

    1. Hello Romeo,

      Thanks for your question. To be honest your situation seems a bit more complicated than what we are capable of answering. Since it relates to work visas. We would recommend you contact whatever UAE official agency is available in your immediate country for the best reply. Also you might be able to ask anyone you know who already has a UAE work visa if they’ve had a similar situation.


  7. Mario Aeby

    I, Swiss citizen, travelled to Tel Aviv in January 2009 and got my passport stamped at Ben Gurion airport upon arrival. On December 31 2014, I had no issue at all to enter the UAE in Dubai during an eleven hour layover in order to visit the city and its sights. I don’t think the immigration officer even saw the Isreali stamp, probably also due to sheer number of stamps in my passport.

    Conclusion: Nothing to worry about.

    1. Thanks for your input Mario!

  8. Yamama

    I am Arabian of 48′ and an Israeli passport holder. I teach at unternational school and having workshop at Dubai regarding the IB sponser and there is no other places in the world which provides Arabic workshops and I would like to apply for it.
    I would like to know if there any procedure I need to do before that.

    1. voyageur

      Thanks Yamana for your comment.
      I am sorry but all the official information we have is that Israeli Passport holders are not allowed to enter UAE under any circumstance.
      Those with Israeli Passports can Transit through the airports in UAE but not to enter the country.
      There may be willing to do an exception but that will have to come directly from the official authorities in UAE.
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  9. Maria

    Hi there,
    My husband and I will be moving to Abu Dhabi as he received a job offer. We both have a Israeli stamp in our passports as we have been there in 2012, do you think this is going to be an issue to get our visas? Is it better if we get a new passport? Someone who can help us with advice?

    1. voyageur

      First of all, our experience is related with tourists. We never have seen they getting a hard time to enter the country with an Israeli stamp. But living there my be a whole different story.
      We know for sure they are not very pleased in general with Israel I am you in your circuntances i will get a new passport, it may save you potential headaches, but these are my own thoughts.
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    2. Darren

      Hello Maria, I am currently in the same position as you. Can you please tell me whether you had any trouble getting your work visa with the Israeli stamps in your passport?

  10. Abraham McKenzie

    Why is the racism against Israel tolerated?

    1. voyageur

      Dear Abraham

      Thanks very much for your comment.
      This may not be the right forum to ask that question, since this is a page about practical travel tips.
      We want to take advantage of this opportunity to reaffirm once again that as a team members of traveladept.com we don’t see a place for racism in the world against anyone. All humans beings despite their race, creed, citizenship deserve respect and love.
      We have been in Israel many times, we have enjoy each one of our visits there and always encourage people to visit the country as we do with every other country in the world. We have a deep conviction that each country has wonderful people and amazing experiences for visitors.
      If you have any other question about travel, please do not hesitate to write to us.
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  11. Punji

    I’d like to travel to Israel, and then Riyad through Dubai. Is this possible?

    1. voyageur

      It will depend on what Visa you need to get into those countries. You can request they not stamp your passport in Israel but stamp a separate piece of paper so as not to complicate your further travel plans. An Israeli stamp in the passport entering Saudi Arabia is not an immediate disqualifier but it may cause you more headaches.

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  12. Mony

    Hi I have a question. Please can u help me? I’m Indian…I have a business tour from India to Dubai …I’m hear in Dubai only 3 days..now I want to go to visit from Dubai to Israel..
    It is possible or not..
    If it’s possible what is the process about it..

    1. voyageur

      Hi Mony,

      You will need a visa to enter Israel as an Indian Citizen. In order to get that you need to apply at a Consulate beforehand and unless your trip is several weeks ahead you probably will not have time for the whole process.

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  13. anu kurian

    my name is anu kurian . i am an indian passport holder working in israel since 2012 august. i would like to travell india from amman to bombay via abu dhabi airpot. Is it really possible to transit through abu dhabi? i have work permit visa of israel and would like to comeback the same way.

  14. anu kurian

    Appreciate if you can help me here as i can not find any info:

    i am indian nationality who holding indian passport.
    i have israel work permit visa and lotts of israeli stamps on my passport.
    i am planning to travel to india from amman with etihad airways and will have to stop for 5 hours in abu dhabi airport

    i know that people that have israeli stamps are not allowed to enter but i do not want to enter but just to transit for less than 8 hours as my interconnecting flights will take of later.

    Do you know if i’ll have any difficulties?

    1. voyageur

      Dear Kurian.
      You should have no problems Transiting via Abu Dhabi.
      You will not be entering the country, you will be only in the international area, so no stamps will be posted in your passports.
      Even if in the future you have to enter UAE the fact of having Israeli stamps in your passport does not exclude you of the possibility of entering the country. I have israeli stamps in my passport and I have been in the UAE in several opportunities.
      If you have any other question please do not hesitate to send us a message.
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  15. Kris Dapana

    I’m from the Philippines & I’m working here in Israel.. I’m planning to go for vacation in the Philippines for a maximum of 45day dis December 2015 & during my vacation, I plan to go to DUBAI for tourist visa.. is it possible to enter Dubai without any problem /issues?? coz after my tour in Dubai, I’ll go back to m country Philippines then back to Israel again for WORK… Thank you so much

    1. voyageur

      Hi Kris,

      As long as you get your Dubai visa for your trip there, as it currently stands there should be no problem or issues. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

  16. Tin


    I’m from Philippines.
    Currently working in Dubai and I had UAE residence employment visa on my passport.
    Is there any problem if I travel from UAE to Israel– Israel to UAE?


    1. voyageur

      Thanks for you comment.
      In theory you will not have problems entering Israel.
      Just keep i mind that security is very tight there. So they will probably give you a hard time with lots of questions about what do you do in UAE and things alike. You just have to explain plainly what you do and at the end they will allow you to enter the country or to leave.
      Probably your best option UAE would be turkish since they have several flights from Dubai to Istanbul and at least two daily connections to Tel Aviv.
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    2. Settles

      I’m looking to travel to Palestine via Israel. I have a residency visa with UAE as well. Could you tell me if you stumbled upon any issues during your travel?

  17. craig


    I am looking to TRANSIT only with Etihad through Abu Dhabi . I don’t have a israel stamp in my passport as i entered Isreal after the airport stopped stamping, However i do have a Thai visa which was issued at the Tel Aviv office and states so on the Thai visa in my passport. Will this cause me problems in Abu Dhabi ? Should i look at using another airline? Plus Etihad Sponsor Manchester city which is also upsetting for me.

    1. voyageur

      Hi Craig,

      We don’t see that as being a problem with your itinerary, as we say in the article the official policy is that it is not a problem to have a stamp to enter the UAE let alone transfer.

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  18. Francine


    I’m travelling with my mom this Christmas season to Israel, and I just want to be 100% sure that there won’t be any problems for my upcoming trip, so I’m wondering if you can review this itinerary for me? Thanks in advance!

    Philippines->Tel Aviv via Hong Kong -> Bethlehem -> Petra -> Amman -> Dubai -> Hong Kong –> Philippines

    Our trip is not for business purposes, but for leisure, and somewhat like a pilgrimage… am I allowed to state that upon interrogation at the Jordanian border? Also, I will make it a point to ask to have my Jordanian entry visa stamped on a different paper, so as not to give the idea that I had entered from Israel, but won’t this raise the question of a missing entry stamp upon exit from Jordan? Or when I enter Dubai? Lastly, if I apply for a Jordanian visa in Tel Aviv to expedite it (since there’s no embassy in our country), will I be questioned for it?

    I understand that the first commentator on this post was in Israel for a business trip, and maybe that’s a reason for him to be excused. I also understand that your friend from your team was able to enter Dubai with an Israel visa/stamp… but could it be that he only got lucky?

    I’m worried that things might go awry, since this is the only blog I’ve read stating that there aren’t much problems with Israel stamps when entering Dubai. I really hope you can help me!

    Thank you!

    1. voyageur

      Hi Francine.
      Thanks for your message.
      There is no way to guarantee you 100% you will not find troubles. This is already a complicated itinerary, we have been in all those places, we will never combine Dubai and Israel in the same trip.
      It should not be a problem entering Dubai with Israel stamps in your passport, that is our experience and the UAE made available, but you need to understand it depends on them and even the person is in immigration at that moment.
      Are you traveling by yourself or in a group?
      The border Israel- Jordan is one of the most complicated borders of the world. You can expect to be there for hours, to be interrogated and all your baggage checked and when I say all I mean ALL.
      We never cross that border, we go all the way to Tel Aviv and fly. Is this easier yes, I don’t mean easy, it seems more complicated to get out than to get in in Israel.
      The advantage is that if you arrive to Ben Gurion airport and you leave using that airport Israel will not stamp your passport.
      There is no need to go to the consulate of Jordan in Israel. Israel is the last country of the world where we will apply for visas. The visa on arrival to Jordan is very easy.
      My question about the fact if you were going with a group is that if this is the case crossing the border will be a little easier but alone I certainly never will recommend to do so.
      I go to Dubai once or twice a year. I have Israeli stamps in my passport and that never have been a problem, even an immigration officer asked me if Israel was nice, but as you said I have been just lucky, many times but just lucky.
      If you have any other question do not hesitate to send us a message.

  19. Sam Stock

    I would love to understand something that happened to me at terminal 3 at Dubai airport after travelling with Emirates. Myself,husband and 2 children were going for Christmas. We arrived and when we eventually got to passport control the passport control chap looked at my passport and the details on his screen for more than 6minutes. Only my passport
    In the last 18months I have been to Geneva,Luxembourg , Johannesburg, Ukraine and Dubai several times. He didn’t ask me any questions just kept looking at it. I have never had this happen to me before and have been to Dubai over 30 times? What could it be?

    1. voyageur

      Having been to over 120 ourselves and many passport controls, this is bound to happen. Some agents do their job very thoroughly, some may be simply bored or slow or be controlling because they are looking for something in general. There are many possibilities really but as you were let in without any issue at the end don’t get too caught up in it.

  20. Shanty

    I am an Indian and I am expecting a job at Abu-Dhabi soon. During my holidays, I wish to visit Israel for a week or two. Will I be granted a tourist Visa? I have heard that once I enter Israel, I will not be allowed to re-enter Abu-Dhabi. Sounds incredible. Still wanna clarify.

    1. voyageur

      Hi Shanty,

      As we’ve said in our article we have not had trouble entering the Emirates with Israeli stamps in the passport. Others have weighed in with similar experiences. We always recommend if you have been told something different that you validate the source of the information. If it seems official or you have any questions simply call the consulate office directly to confirm the information.

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  21. Jada

    My friend and I are planning a trip to go to Cape Town and we want to stop in Dubai first before heading there for 3 days or more. Will he have a problem in Dubai from having multiple Israeli stamps on his passport?Just wondering. Thank you,

    1. voyageur

      As we’ve mentioned previously the experience we and others have had is no and there is a statement to the effect that you can see in the article. Of course there might be some advanced scrutiny, but it should not be a problem based on our experience and that of many others who’ve used our page to ask this question.

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  22. M Vamshi Krishna

    Dear All,

    Please suggest me in this regard.
    I have travelled to Israel on Business visa from our company. But i have my plans to get a job in Dubai.
    I heard from many people saying that, once Stamped by Israel in our Passport, they are truely restricted to entry in All Arab countries.
    Pls suggest.
    How can i approach the consultancy for getting a job in Dubai. Pls suggest few.

    1. voyageur

      Hello Vamshi,

      In our experience and that of many others an Israeli stamp in the passport has not resulted in denied entry to the UAE. Perhaps other Arab countries yes. As for getting a job in Dubai we are not in any way aware of how that process works. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

  23. Tom


    I am an Israeli citizen living in Germany. I would like to fly to Vietnam with Etihad Airways through UAE with my Israeli passport, I do not intend to leave the airport but just for a transit.
    Should it be a problem?


    1. voyageur

      Hi Tom,

      From what we can read online transit is said not to be a problem, however some passengers have experienced delays or questioning. We would recommend you contact the UAE consulate nearest you to confirm.

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  24. Vinod Ayyakannu

    Hello.. I’m Vinod from India .. I’m working last 6 years here in Abu Dhabi,I been visit Thailand ,Philippines , Singapore now I have planned to visit Israel few days .. Where I can apply visa and there’s anything problem my job.. Please help me and need more details. Thank you

    1. voyageur

      Hi Vinod,

      You will have to apply for a Visa in your home country or a nearby country which has an Israeli consulate and that you can travel to for the length of time it takes to get the visa. We do not know how such a visit will affect your work visa in the UAE, for answers to that you really need to ask the agency which issues your work visa if there will be a problem.

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  25. Michelle

    Hi there,

    I am a Filipino working and resident of the UAE. My friends and I would like to join the pilgrimage to the holy land during Christmas season. However, i would like to know the current and latest status of traveling from UAE to Israel and vice versa. They said because it’s a pilgrimage, there should not be a problem as the agency will handle everything including all the travel documents showing that the tour package is in Jordan (as flight is routed there). But on the other side, is it possible that this might create an issue because this is the season of going to the holy land so they can suspect that we, as a group might traveled to Israel?
    Also, would you be able to advise if the immigration here in the UAE is stricter now because of the latest happenings especially in Europe?


    1. voyageur

      Hi Michelle,

      We do not really have any experience of immigration being more difficult and we have no other information other than the official statement of the UAE that a visa stamp from Israel is not a problem. There can always be some extra questions when there has been a testy relationship between two countries but overall as long as you have proof of your journey and your documents are in order the trip sounds like a very normal tourism activity which is allowed. Be transparent and have documentation about your trip details.

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  26. Vish

    Hi My Name Vish.
    One of my friend Indian Passport Holder working in Israel last 10 years he want to apply job in Dubai after go India…there is any issue to enter in Dubai and there is any issue to work in dubai

    1. voyageur

      The answer really will come from the consulate issuing the visa, however there is nothing in print currently that would say this would be a problem.

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  27. Daniel

    Hi there, I am a British and Filipino Citizen (dual nationality) and I am planning to take my 19 year old son who holds a Filipino passport to Dubai for holiday. I was informed he could get a visa using my British nationality and credential because he is under 21 but I also heard people under 21 must be accompanied by their mother to go to Dubai? Can’t I, his own biological father take him on holiday to Dubai without my ex? I would really appreciate your answer on this because this boy has been begging me to take him to Dubai.

    1. voyageur

      Hi Daniel this is quite a complicated question and as we are only travelers and not a an official consolate we don’t feel qualified to answer. We recommend you consult official channels. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

  28. meditterational

    does anyone know if its a problem to get a connection flight through dubai with a british passport but born in tel-aviv?

  29. Claire

    I was born in Iran, but am an American citizen with an American Passport. Have been to Israel 2 times, and my passport is stamped at Ben Gurion airport. I want to take a cruise that ends in Dubai. I would like to spend one night in Dubai and then travel to Israel for a few days. Would I be able to take a plane from Dubai to Israel OR would I have to travel back to the USA right away ? Please advise.

    1. voyageur

      You can’t travel direct between Dubai and Israel. You can fly to a middle destination for transit such as Istanbul.

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  30. voyageur

    It seems to have been at least a rumor or there was confusion on it several years ago. What we can tell you is that it has not been for many years as we’ve always heard people with Israeli stamps not having an issue.

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