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 Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - A TRAVELLER’S TALE -

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

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