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Israelis blocked by six countries on Trump’s ban list

    Among the protests from leaders of the seven Muslim-majority nations whose citizens have been banned from travelling to the US, was missing the recognition that six of these countries (with the exception of Somalia) have long refused entry to Israeli passport-holders. 

    Currently, 16 countries bar Israeli passport-holders. These include six on President Donald Trump’s list — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. Israelis are also banned by Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

    Some of these countries do not even allow citizens of other nationalities to enter if they have an Israeli immigration stamp in their passports, leading many businesspeople and journalists who travel in the Middle East to own two separate passports.

    Unlike the new travel ban in the US, Israelis can travel to these countries with other passports if they are dual-nationals. 

    There are some other exceptions. Israelis can use their passports when arriving in the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq. Also, in recent years, Israeli officials and businesspeople have been allowed to enter some of the Sunni Gulf states with their passports, usually receiving a separate visa without a stamp. 

    Citizens of 21 Muslim-majority countries with which Israel does not have diplomatic relations must obtain visas before travelling to Israel. 


     

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