You may be wondering whether you need a visa for Israel. You will need either two to three travel documents.
The two mandatory travel documents for anyone traveling to Israel are:
If you are a citizen of the following countries and do not plan on staying more than 3 months, then you do NOT need a visa for Israel. This list was last updated on Feb. 2016.
Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Vanuatu
Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea (South), Macau, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Tonga
Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Malta, Man and Canal Islands, Moldova (biometric only), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Central and South America
Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay
Canada, United States
So do I need a visa if my country of citizenship is on the list above? No, you don't!
Visa Israel Application Form Process
If you are carrying a passport from a country that is not listed above, you will need a visa to enter Israel. If you are arriving as a tourist or on business for a stay less than 3 months, you apply for a standard visitor’s visa (B/2). It’s valid for up to 3 months from the date of issue.
Here’s the visa application form for Israel that you will need to submit to the Israeli consulate or embassy nearest you.
You will also need to present:
As of 2016, a regular visitor’s visa, known as B2 costs $ 23. If you are planning to study in Israel, a student visa costs $46.
Visa processing typically takes about a week, but give it one month to play it safe.
Once in Israel, you can request to extend your visit by submitting an application and paying a fee at one of the regional population administration offices located in most major Israeli cities.
If you wish to obtain a work visa, a temporary visa without a travel document that is not a passport or a permanent resident visa, you should contact your local Israeli embassy or consulate.
If you are travelling to Arab or Islamic countries other than Egypt and Jordan, you can request that an Israeli stamp not appear on your passport.
Notify the immigration clerk at your point of entry to Israel of your request before your documents are stamped.
Instead, you can fill out a form (17L) with your personal details and they will stamp this form instead of your passport. Keep this form with you until you leave the country. It will be stamped upon your departure as well.
We have reviewed the general passport and visa Israel requirements for traveling to Israel, whether for pleasure or business.
If you plan on working or residing in Israel, best that you check with the Israeli embassy or consulate nearest you.
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