When travel and politics don’t mix
Lebanese immigration officials may not like passports stamped in Israel, but the rest of the population is welcoming
THE immigration officer’s hand was hovering over my wife’s passport.
He was just about to stamp it when he stopped, looked up and said that we needed to follow him to the little room on the left.
The problem – my wife’s passport had a stamp in it from a previous trip to Israel.
The Israeli officials at Ben Gurion Airport had stamped it, despite being asked not to. Thankfully, they didn’t stamp mine.
We were now trying to enter Lebanon as part of a trip that also involved visits to Oman and Cyprus, but soon discovered that travel and