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Do Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Syria & Jordan stamp your passpor

My friend is returning from travel through Africa, he's tired and would like tu return to Europe by air from one of the above mentioned countries. So he badly needs any info about stamping passport on temporary entrance - does anywhere stands that he entered the country riding a bike? TNX, for any info!
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Israel will stamp a piece of paper stapled to your passport if you request them to do so, in order to avoid problems later on entering other countries that may object to the Israeli stamp.
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">"any info about stamping passport on temporary entrance - does anywhere stands that he entered the country riding a bike?" </font>
I think gipsy is referring to the practice in some countries of stamping the driver's passport with the vehicle details, instead of using a carnet. Central America does this, and also Thailand, where Connor Carson found out:

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"This presented me with the problem of returning to the UK, a difficult feat to accomplish from Thailand because the Thai authorities do not recognise the Carnet de passage. Instead, they put a big ugly stamp in your passport and make you sign a "goolie clause" (this is a bit of paper that says that if you do not re export the bike, they are entitled to remove your testicles....). This would inevitably lead to some degree of embarrassment at the departure gate if I attempted to leave the bike in Thailand and fly back to the UK.

This difficulty was solved by crossing into neighbouring Malaysia - a country which does honour the carnet, and therefore does not need to decorate your passport in such an offensive manner: with a "clean" passport I was free to leave the country, so there was no further obstacle to my returning home."
Gipsy - am I correct in my assumption that your friend wants to temporarily leave his motorcycle in one of these countries and fly back to Europe? OR is he looking to sell his bike, which is a different situation.

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We have just biked through Turkey, Syria and Jordan and can tell you the following:
There is no need for a carnet in Turkey and they don't stamp your passport with any bike details. Assuming that your friend wants to leave his bike somewhere, I suggest that Turkey is the best place.
Syria requires a carnet, but they don't stamp the passport. They also charge US$10 to process the carnet and US$30 for compulsory 'insurance'.
Jordan does not require a carnet, but you do have to get a temporary import certificate, so you could not leave a bike there indefinitely.
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Gipsy - am I correct in my assumption that your friend wants to temporarily leave his motorcycle in one of these countries and fly back to Europe? OR is he looking to sell his bike, which is a different situation.

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Yes, You are correct. He would not sell his bike for... Or maybe (cause we don't have constant connection) he is planning to load his bike on a plane or ship also. I'll check this with him. TNX!
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I crossed into Israel from Jordan in March 2001. At first they offered to stamp a piece of paper only. But when they learned that I was on a bike, they insisted on stamping my passport. Since I was taking the Haifa-Piraeus ferry, I didn't mind. But with this stamp in your passport you would not be able to enter any Muslim country except Egypt and Jordan. Be advised!
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Are you sure about that ? I have an Israeli stamp and entered Malaysia no problem .

Perhaps it is more of a problem for those Muslim countries in the immediate vicinity ?
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