Q – We love the lack of garbage on this web site. Congratulations. It is so nice not to have to get past ads to get a questions answered. We’re headed to Egypt and then, possibly Syria, if things cool down. We’ve been to Israel twice. But my job requires a good deal of international travel and I anticipate really being hampered by my Israeli stamps. Any long-term solution to this? I know you can ask the Israelis not to stamp your passport.
A – We think the permanent fix for you is going to be one of the State Department’s best kept secrets – Americans are not necessarily limited to one passport. You can get a second passport. It looks exactly like your first passport and it has been designed exactly for the situations you describe. It is an extra fee and it will be issued for a limited period of time but it will help you avoid any future unpleasantness.