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All About the Visa for Israel
Israel has announced that it’s creating an online Electronic Visa (eVisa) system to permit international travellers to visit. We’ll update this page when the full details of this eVisa system are announced, though in the meantime, please find below all you need to know about Israel’s current travel visa rules and requirements.
Israel’s fascinating history, religious heritage and unique culture draw millions of visitors every year. Fortunately, obtaining your travel permission to enter this exciting Middle Eastern destination is a breeze for visitors. This is because the citizens of many countries are visa-exempt, including the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In this case, you can enjoy everything that Israel’s got to offer for up to 3 months without obtaining prior authorisation.
Meanwhile, other nationalities are eligible to obtain what’s called a Visa on Arrival (VoA), which you apply for at the border when you get there. This includes citizens of China, India, Sri Lanka and the UAE. You’re also permitted to enjoy Israel’s sights and delights for up to 3 months. To acquire your VoA, you’ll need to prepare some documentation in advance, which we explain on this page.
Lastly, if you are Jewish, you will be welcomed here with no restrictions on the length of your stay.
Notably, whether you’re exempt or require a VoA, upon entering Israel you’re issued with a document called a Gate Pass, which you’ll need to keep safe. We provide all the information you need about this here, so read on to learn all about the travel documents for Israel!
- 1 What Is the Difference Between the Israel Visa Waiver and the Israel Visa on Arrival (VoA)?
- 2 Israel Visa Requirements and Eligibility for a Waiver
- 3 Israel Visitor Visa Application Process
- 4 Israel Visa Application Form and Documents
- 5 Israel Visa Status Check
- 6 What’s the Israel Visa Cost?
- 7 More Questions and Information About the Visa Policy of Israel
What Is the Difference Between the Israel Visa Waiver and the Israel Visa on Arrival (VoA)?
As we explain above, the good news is that, whatever your nationality, you won’t need to visit an embassy before your trip. This is because the citizens of dozens of countries are visa-exempt for Israel, while nationals of many other countries are eligible for what’s called a Visa on Arrival (VoA) which you obtain at the border.
Nationalities that fall under the waiver program only need a passport with at least 6 months’ validity remaining, and you wiil receive what’s called a Gate Pass upon arrival. That said, in case you are asked at the border, it’s always a good idea to have your flight and accommodation information with you.
On the other hand, if you are a passport holder of a country that needs a tourist permit, you will need to bring some required documents with you when you travel, which we list below in our ‘Application Form and Documents’ section. Once you have provided all the information and entry has been granted, you will also receive a Gate Pass and can enjoy up to 3 months visiting this spectacular land.
About Getting an Israeli Passport Stamp
It’s important to be aware of the fact that, if you have an Israeli stamp on your passport, these countries will then deny you entry:
- Saudi Arabia
So if you plan to visit any of these countries in future, then you will want to make sure your passport does not get stamped on your trip to Israel.
Since the restrictions were imposed, Israel’s border authorities have adapted to this issue by not stamping passports and providing visitors with a separate slip of paper with all their information, namely the Gate Pass.
Your Gate Pass contains your passport details, your photo, visa information and the date of when you entered the country. It also has a barcode, so authorities can easily scan it and get all the information they need. Make sure you keep this document safe and to hand throughout your trip.
Israel Visa Requirements and Eligibility for a Waiver
You may be asking yourself “Do I need a visa for Israel?” If you are a national of one of the countries listed below, then you can visit Israel without having to get prior approval. Not only that, you will be allowed to stay for up to 3 months. That’s plenty of time to visit all the cultural sites, scenic spots, and indulge in some delicious street food.
Although you don’t require any sort of permit, you will need to have a biometric passport with at least 6 months’ validity from your arrival date. You should also be prepared to answer questions about your trip, like where you will be staying, details about your itinerary and return flight, and you may even be asked to share your social media accounts.
Click the button below to check if you’re eligible to enter Israel without a permit:
Alternatively, here’s the list of Israel visa-free countries:
Central African Republic
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Israel Visitor Visa Application Process
Alternatively, if you’re not on the list of exempt countries, you require a tourist Visa on Arrival (VoA). The good news is that you won’t need to visit an embassy before your trip. All you have to do before you travel is make sure you have all the documents that you will be asked to present at the border, to ensure the permit is issued without delays (see these documents further below).
The standard VoA issued at the border or at the airport will grant you access for 3 months. This is valid for tourism, to attend a business meeting or to partake in a Hebrew course at an ulpan (schools set up specifically to teach Hebrew to immigrants).
If you are a national from one of the following countries, you will need to get a permit on arrival to enter the country:
Antigua & Barbuda
Congo Democratic Republic
Sao Tome & Principe
United Arab Emirates
In the next section, we tell you the documents you’ll need to acquire your VoA at the border.
Israel Visa Application Form and Documents
If you do require a Visa on Arrival to enter the country, then read this section carefully. We have put together all the documents you must have with you, and outlined each step of the process to make your trip to the land of humus and falafel run smoothly.
Before you leave, you will need to make sure you have the following documents on your person:
- A passport valid for 6 months after your departure date.
- A completed application form.
- A printed copy of your passport.
- Evidence of funds for your stay (bank statements).
- Copies of your bookings (accommodation, flights, etc).
- 2 passport photos (5 x 5 cm).
At the airport or at your port of entry, you will be asked to present these documents before you will be allowed to enter the country.
About the Application Form
The application form can be downloaded online from the Ministry of Interior (מדינת ישראל State of Israel (mfa.gov.il)). Make sure you complete each section and sign it at the end. In the application form you will be asked to provide the following information:
- Your personal details (name, place and date of birth, occupation, current address).
- The names of your parents.
- Your passport details.
- The purpose of your visit (e.g. tourism, visiting a relative, business).
- The address of your stay in Israel (this can be a hotel address).
- Details of any previous visits.
- If you are travelling with children, you will need to include their details too.
In addition to the documents listed above, the following countries must also acquire a confirmation letter in advance from the Israeli Foreign Ministry to be granted access:
- North Korea
- Saudi Arabia
Israel Visa Status Check
Since you obtain the tourist Visa on Arrival at your port of entry (e.g. airport or land border), you don’t need to apply for it before. If you have all the mandatory documents we listed above, then the process shouldn’t take too long and you’ll be off visiting Tel Aviv in no time at all.
Whether you require a visa or you’re one of the lucky ones who does not, you will receive a Gate Pass when you enter Israel. Authorities may ask to see this at any point, so keep it to hand in a safe place. While you are in the country, you can treat the Gate Pass as your personal Israeli ID.
If you are applying for a different type of permit, for instance, to work or study, then you will need to get it before your arrival, generally at an embassy or consulate. You must also attend an interview as part of the process.
What’s the Israel Visa Cost?
When you request a Visa on Arrival and hand over all the necessary documents, you will also need to pay a fee, which is currently 22 EUR (or 27 USD). Please note that, if for any reason you are refused entry, the fee will not be returned.
As for visitors who are travelling under the waiver program, they won’t have to pay any fees at all – hurray!
More Questions and Information About the Visa Policy of Israel
We hope this page has resolved all your doubts and that you feel confident to set off on your trip with everything you need. Below, we have put together a list of all the questions we receive most often to provide more helpful information.