Do You Need a Visa for Israel
Travel Document Requirements For Your Trip 

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:

  • Passport - Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your arrival in Israel. If it’s not, make sure to renew your passport before traveling to Israel.
  • Departure Ticket - You must also have a valid departure ticket out of the country within 3 months, unless you have a longer term visa before you arrive.

Visa Israel Requirements by Country

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 March 2018.


Botswana, Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Vanuatu

Asia Pacific

Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea (South), Macau, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, 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

Latin America and the Caribbean

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

North America

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 and Fees

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:

  • a passport that is valid for at least 6 months
  • a photocopy of your passport
  • an order for a roundtrip ticket to and from Israel, with a departure date of under 3 months unless you are applying for a student visa or a work visa
  • 2 passport pictures
  • Visa Fee

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.

Important note on Form 17L

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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