Do I need a visa to enter Israel?
Israel concluded visa exemption agreements with many states all around the world. In order to check whether your state of citizenship has a visa exemption agreement with Israel, please consult the following website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Documents/VisaRequirements-Tourists.pdf
Citizens of states holding a visa exemption agreement with Israel can enter Israel freely for up to 90 days. However, the duration of the stay will be determined by the border police and may be much shorter than the maximum of 90 days. Under certain circumstances, the border police may also denied entry to visitors, even if the person in question is a citizen of a visa exemption state. However, these cases are very rare and limited to a small list of key reasons.
Tourist visa may be extended to a maximum of 90 additional days; however, a reasonable explanation must be furnished for the necessity of extension.
Clearly, holders of a tourist visa are not allowed to work in Israel and if they do so, this will constitute a criminal offense.
In general, citizens of states from where a visa is requested may file an application of their own to the Israeli embassy of their country of citizenship. The respective visa fee is 21 Euro or 24 USD. In the event of group travel to Israel (such as pilgrims, guided tours, etc.), our office will be pleased to organize visas for the group members.
Tourist Visa to Israel
All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country.
Most countries do not require a special Visa application to be able to visit Israel as a Tourist.
Entry will be free of charge and you will receive your Tourist Visa in your passport upon arrival in the airport in Israel:
Countries with NO need for a B/2 Visa:
Europe – Austria, Italy, Iceland, Ireland, Belgium, Britain, Gibraltar, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Hungary, Greece, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Malta, Norway, Slovenia, San Marino, Spain, Portugal, Finland, France, Cyprus, Sweden, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia.
Asia and Oceania – Australia, the Fiji Islands, South Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, New Zealand, Micronesia, Singapore, Mongolia, Vanuatu.
Africa – Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, the Central African Republic.
America – Uruguay, the Bahamas, El Salvador, Ecuador, Argentina, the United States, Bolivia, Barbados, Brazil, Guatemala, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Surinam, Nevis and Saint Kitts, Panama, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Canada, St. Lucia.
For all other countries, a B/2 Visitor’s Visa will be required
A B/2 Visa is granted to someone who wishes to stay in Israel for only a short time (for a visit, tourism, a business meeting or study in a Hebrew Ulpan – Language School for the Hebrew Language). A person who enters Israel on a B/2 Visa is not permitted to work in the State of Israel (same for the regular Tourist Visa)
A B/2 visa is valid for up to three months from the date of issue. The Border Police will determine the duration of the stay in Israel. A visitor who wishes to extend his visit may submit an application at one of the regional population administration offices of the Ministry of the Interior.
To apply for a B/2 Visa the following documents are needed:
- A completed and signed application for a visa to enter Israel
- Reservation information of a Hotel/Guesthouse or address of where you will be staying
- Passport (must be valid for at least six months beyond the period of the stay in Israel) or travel document (must be valid for at least one year beyond the period of the stay in Israel)
- Two passport pictures
- Health Insurance (a letter stating that you are fully covered for your international travel).
- A letter from your employer in your home country, stating that you are currently employed and will continue to work once you return from your trip.
- A visit at the consul is required in your home country
- The consul may request additional documents.
- Since the application is NOT free of charge and if the visa should not be issued for any reason, the fee will not be refunded to the applicant