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Visa Policy of Israel
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Visitors to Israel must obtain a visa from one of the Israeli diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries.[1] All visitors must hold a passport that is valid for 6 months after the date of departure from Israel.[2]

Visa policy map

  Israel
  Countries with visa-free access to Israel
  Confirmation from Israeli government is required

Visa exemption

Holders of normal passports of the following 99 jurisdictions do not require a visa for Israel for a maximum stay of 3 months for tourism:[3]

1 - German citizens born before January 1, 1928 need a visa which will be issued for free if one was not a member of the Nazi party or involved in crimes committed during the time of the Nazi Germany.[4]
2 - visa exemption does not apply to official passport holders, i.e. American government officials.
3 - Russian official passport holders require a visa and confirmation from the Israeli government.
4 - Only for biometric passport

Visa is not required for nationals of  Egypt for stays up to 14 days if entering through Taba and visiting up to Beersheba only.[54]

Holders of Palestinian Authority passports can obtain their visa on arrival in order to continue their journey to the Palestinian territories. Holders of a confirmation issued by the Israeli Ministry of Interior, traveling in a group of 10 or more, can obtain a visa on arrival (not applicable to nationals of Jordan).

A visa waiver agreement was signed with Samoa in March 2019 and it is yet to be implemented.[55]

Non-ordinary passports

  Israel
  Visa free access for diplomatic and service category passports
  Visa free access for diplomatic passports

Holders of diplomatic and service category passports of Azerbaijan, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, China, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, India, Madagascar, Niger, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Togo, Turkey and Venezuela and of diplomatic passports of Kenya, Nicaragua, Rwanda and Vietnam do not require a visa.[54]

Holders of diplomatic or service category passports of Australia, Belarus, Dominica, Russia, San Marino, South Africa, Taiwan and United States require a visa.

Visa free agreement for diplomatic and special passports was signed with Myanmar in June 2017 and is yet to be ratified.[56]

History

Israel and Democratic Republic of Congo signed visa exemption agreement for diplomatic and service passports on 19 November 1963 and 14 April 1964, came into force on 28 July 1964. Date of cancellation is unknown.[57] Israel and Liberia signed visa exemption agreement for diplomatic and service passports on 17 July and 3 August 1961, came into force on 1 November 1961. Date of cancellation is unknown.[58] Israel and Tanganyika signed visa exemption agreement for diplomatic and service passports on 16 and 17 September 1963, came into force on 17 September 1963. Date of cancellation is unknown.[59] Israel and Bolivia signed visa exemption agreement for diplomatic and service passports on 10 and 16 August 1972, came into force on 16 October 1972. Date of cancellation is unknown.[60]

Israeli passport stamps

Israel entry (top) and exit border crossing cards issued to a national of Singapore at Ben Gurion International Airport, including PDF417 barcodes

Visitors with a passport stamp from Israel are not allowed to enter a number of countries because of the Arab League boycott of Israel. Some countries, e.g. Austria, Canada, Germany, Russia, UK and the USA allow their citizens to hold two or more passports of their country to circumvent such travel restrictions, but some countries (including Austria and Germany) also restrict or forbid the holding of passports of two countries, i.e. dual citizenship. However for the past several years, stamps are no longer used at Ben Gurion airport (since January 15, 2013) and also land border crossings with Jordan. Instead, entry and departure records are printed on small slips of paper, which include the name of the traveller, the photo read from the epassport, the date, the visa status, and other details. The slips also include a 2D barcode which is used as a Gate Pass[61] to pass through the gate out of the passport control hall.

Confirmation required

Holders of national and official passports of the following countries require a confirmation from Israeli government before a tourist visa is issued.[54]

Visitor statistics

Most visitors arriving to Israel were from the following countries of nationality:[63][64][65][66][67]

Country 2018* 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
 United States 676,000 Increase 778,600 Increase 672,100 Increase 637,200 Decrease 622,100 622,800
 Russia 272,500 Increase 330,500 Decrease 284,600 Decrease 414,700 Decrease 555,900 603,100
 France 253,100 Increase 308,700 Decrease 293,000 Increase 300,100 Decrease 298,600 315,500
 Germany 189,000 Increase 218,200 Decrease 180,100 Increase 197,800 Decrease 194,200 254,000
 United Kingdom 164,100 Increase 198,500 Decrease 197,100 Increase 197,900 Decrease 180,100 217,100
 Ukraine 132,000 Decrease 146,800 Increase 164,500 Increase 138,000 Decrease 132,400 134,500
 Poland 120,000 Increase 97,400 Decrease 54,300 Decrease 66,200 Decrease 77,200 89,200
 Italy 101,400 Increase 107,700 Decrease 88,000 Decrease 91,200 Decrease 120,100 173,100
 China 80,900 Increase 113,600 Increase 85,900 Increase 47,400 Increase 33,000 25,500
 Romania 72,900 Increase 82,000 Increase 59,900 Increase 45,100 Increase 44,700 36,700
 Canada 67,900 Increase 80,600 Increase 69,900 Increase 66,700 Decrease 66,200 70,700
 Netherlands 59,000 Increase 64,000 Increase 51,400 Decrease 49,400 Decrease 51,800 57,100
 Spain 55,000 Increase 64,400 Increase 46,200 Decrease 43,500 Decrease 47,300 52,600
 India 48,000 Increase 58,000 Increase 44,800 Increase 39,300 Decrease 34,900 40,000
 Brazil 44,200 Increase 56,700 Decrease 35,500 Decrease 43,900 Decrease 51,900 56,400
Total 3,098,200 Increase 3,613,163 Increase 2,900,020 Increase 2,799,346 Decrease 2,926,676 2,961,701
  • *= 2018 data until September only.

See also

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  62. ^ Except for stays up to 14 days if entering through Taba and visiting up to Beersheba only when visa is not required.
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