Visa policy of Israel

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

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]

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Map of border crossings of Israel

Visa policy map[edit]

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

Visa exemption[edit]

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.
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.[5]

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).

Holders of official passports only of Azerbaijan, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, China, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Holy See, India, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Niger, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Venezuela and Vietnam do not require a visa.[6]

Visa free agreement for diplomatic and special passports was signed with Myanmar in June 2017 and is yet to be ratified.[7]

Israeli passport stamps[edit]

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, 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 two passports of two different countries, i.e. dual citizenship. It is also possible to get Israeli entry stamps on a separate piece of paper. Additionally, for the past several years, stamps have not been used, at least at Ben Gurion airport (since January 15, 2013). 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 gatepass to pass through the gate out of the passport control hall.

Confirmation required[edit]

Holders of national and official passports of the following countries require a confirmation from Israeli government before a tourist visa is issued.[8]

Diplomatic missions[edit]

Diplomatic missions abroad[edit]

Diplomatic missions of Israel

There are 70 resident embassies, 23 consulates, and 5 "special" missions in the 159 states that recognize Israel.
See also List of diplomatic missions of Israel.

Foreign diplomatic missions in Israel[edit]

Map of nations with diplomatic missions in Israel

See also List of diplomatic missions in Israel.

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Israel were from the following countries of nationality:[10][11]

Country 2016 2015 2014 2013
 United States 672,100 637,200 622,100 622,800
 France 293,000 300,100 298,600 315,500
 Russia 284,600 414,700 555,900 603,100
 United Kingdom 197,100 197,900 180,100 217,100
 Germany 180,100 197,800 194,200 254,000
 Ukraine 164,500 138,000 132,400 134,500
 Italy 88,000 91,200 120,100 173,100
 China 80,100 47,400 33,000 25,500
 Canada 69,900 66,700 66,200 70,700
 Poland 54,300 66,200 77,200 89,200
 Netherlands 51,400 49,400 51,800 57,100
Total 3,069.800 3,108,600 3,251,000 3,539,700

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Visa". Ministry of Tourism, Government of Israel. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Tourist Visa Table
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ [4]
  8. ^ [5]
  9. ^ Except for stays up to 14 days if entering through Taba and visiting up to Beersheba only when visa is not required.
  10. ^ Visitors arrivals by country of citizenship
  11. ^ Visitors arrivals by country of citizenship 2016

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