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destination: Visas

All visitors to Israel must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months ahead. Visa-free or regular tourist-visa visitors are usually allowed to stay in Israel for up to 90 days.

Visa requirements

Visa requirements for Israel are detailed on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism [2] which is the basis of the following information. Updates are constantly collected from Israeli official publications in Hebrew. All information refers to regular passports in usual circumstances.

Exceptional cases

  • Icons-flag-ps.png Palestinian Territories - Permanent residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip must enter Israel with a valid internal ID card, issued by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, and an entry permit, issued by Israel upon a PA request. If you do not have a permanent entry permit to Israel, please contact the relevant nearby office of the Palestinian Authority or a PA local delegate. It is also advisable to contact the conference organizers so they could follow the process and extend help in case of problems. Notes - (1) A Palestinian passport cannot be used in lieu of the ID card. You must bear the internal card written in Arabic and Hebrew, which shows the internal ID number. (2) Palestinian residents of Jerusalem are treated as Israeli citizens for this matter, namely, no permits are needed. (3) Palestinians who live outside the Palestinian Territories and do not have a permanent address in either the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, are treated as citizens of the country that issued their passport or laissez-passer.
  • Flag of Kosovo.png Kosovo – Israel did not extend recognition following the declaration of independence, however Kosovan passports are listed in the Israeli MFA's website among accepted travel documents. Whereas Serbia has recently been added to the list of visa-exempted countries, holders of Kosovan passports are probably not included in this exemption. Please contact the closest Israeli consulate for further details. Updates will be published when available.

Visa-free access

Citizens of the following countries have visa-free access to Israel:

Countries shaded in blue have visa-free access to Israel.

Africa

Icons-flag-cf.png Central African Republic
Icons-flag-ls.png Lesotho
Icons-flag-mw.png Malawi
Icons-flag-mu.png Mauritius
Icons-flag-za.png South Africa
Icons-flag-sz.png Swaziland

Asia

Icons-flag-hk.png Hong Kong
Icons-flag-jp.png Japan
Icons-flag-kr.png Korea (Republic of)
Icons-flag-mo.png Macao
Icons-flag-mn.png Mongolia
Icons-flag-ph.png Philippines

North America & the Caribbean

Icons-flag-bs.png Bahamas
Icons-flag-bb.png Barbados
Icons-flag-ca.png Canada
Icons-flag-do.png Dominican Republic
Icons-flag-gd.png Grenada
Icons-flag-ht.png Haiti
Icons-flag-jm.png Jamaica
Icons-flag-mx.png Mexico
Icons-flag-kn.png St. Kitts & Nevis
Icons-flag-tt.png Trinidad and Tobago
Icons-flag-us.png United States

Central & South America

Icons-flag-ar.png Argentina
Icons-flag-bo.png Bolivia
Icons-flag-br.png Brazil
Icons-flag-cl.png Chile
Icons-flag-co.png Colombia
Icons-flag-cr.png Costa Rica
Icons-flag-ec.png Ecuador
Icons-flag-sv.png El Salvador
Icons-flag-pa.png Panama
Icons-flag-py.png Paraguay
Icons-flag-pe.png Peru
Icons-flag-gt.png Guatemala
Icons-flag-hn.png Honduras
Icons-flag-sr.png Suriname
Icons-flag-uy.png Uruguay

Europe

Icons-flag-eu.png - All member states of the European Union[1]
Icons-flag-al.png Albania
Icons-flag-ad.png Andorra
Icons-flag-hr.png Croatia
Icons-flag-gi.png Gibraltar
Icons-flag-is.png Iceland
Icons-flag-li.png Liechtenstein
Icons-flag-mk.png Macedonia (F.Y.R.)
Icons-flag-mc.png Monaco
Icons-flag-me.png Montenegro
Icons-flag-no.png Norway
Icons-flag-ru.png Russia
Icons-flag-sm.png San Marino
Icons-flag-rs.png Serbia
Icons-flag-ch.png Switzerland
Icons-flag-ua.png Ukraine – Since 9 February 2011[2]

Oceania

Icons-flag-au.png Australia
Icons-flag-fj.png Fiji
Icons-flag-fm.png Micronesia
Icons-flag-nz.png New Zealand

Visa required

Citizens of the following countries are required to get a visa in one of Israel's consulates around the world. Visa issuing costs US$ 21 / € 15 / ₪ 80

Africa

Icons-flag-dz.png Algeria[3]
Icons-flag-ao.png Angola
Icons-flag-bj.png Benin
Icons-flag-bw.png Botswana
Icons-flag-bf.png Burkina Faso
Icons-flag-bi.png Burundi
Icons-flag-cm.png Cameroon
Icons-flag-cv.png Cape Verde
Icons-flag-td.png Chad
Icons-flag-km.png Comoros
Icons-flag-cg.png Rep. of Congo
Icons-flag-cd.png Dem. Rep. of Congo
Icons-flag-ci.png Côte d'Ivoire
Icons-flag-dj.png Djibouti
Icons-flag-eg.png Egypt
Icons-flag-gq.png Equatorial Guinea
Icons-flag-er.png Eritrea
Icons-flag-et.png Ethiopia
Icons-flag-ga.png Gabon
Icons-flag-gm.png The Gambia
Icons-flag-gh.png Ghana
Icons-flag-gn.png Guinea
Icons-flag-gw.png Guinea-Bissau
Icons-flag-ke.png Kenya
Icons-flag-lr.png Liberia
Icons-flag-ly.png Libya[3]
Icons-flag-mg.png Madagascar
Icons-flag-ml.png Mali
Icons-flag-mr.png Mauritania
Icons-flag-ma.png Morocco
Icons-flag-mz.png Mozambique
Icons-flag-na.png Namibia
Icons-flag-ne.png Niger
Icons-flag-ng.png Nigeria
Icons-flag-rw.png Rwanda
Icons-flag-st.png São Tomé and Príncipe
Icons-flag-sn.png Senegal
Icons-flag-sl.png Sierra Leone
Icons-flag-so.png Somalia[3]
Icons-flag-sd.png Sudan[3]
Icons-flag-tz.png Tanzania
Icons-flag-tg.png Togo
Icons-flag-tn.png Tunisia
Icons-flag-ug.png Uganda
Icons-flag-zm.png Zambia
Icons-flag-zw.png Zimbabwe

Asia

Icons-flag-af.png Afghanistan[3]
Icons-flag-am.png Armenia
Icons-flag-az.png Azerbaijan
Icons-flag-bg.png Bahrain
Icons-flag-bd.png Bangladesh[3]
Icons-flag-bt.png Bhutan
Icons-flag-mm.png Burma (Myanmar)
Icons-flag-bn.png Brunei
Icons-flag-kh.png Cambodia
Icons-flag-cn.png China (People's Rep. of)
Icons-flag-tw.png Rep. of China (Taiwan)
Icons-flag-ge.png Georgia
Icons-flag-in.png India
Icons-flag-id.png Indonesia
Icons-flag-ir.png Iran[3]
Icons-flag-iq.png Iraq[3]
Icons-flag-jo.png Jordan
Icons-flag-kz.png Kazakhstan
Icons-flag-kp.png Korea, North[3]
Icons-flag-kw.png Kuwait
Icons-flag-kg.png Kyrgyzstan
Icons-flag-la.png Laos
Icons-flag-lb.png Lebanon[3]
Icons-flag-my.png Malaysia[4]
Icons-flag-mv.png Maldives
Icons-flag-np.png Nepal
Icons-flag-om.png Oman
Icons-flag-pk.png Pakistan[3]
Icons-flag-sy.png Syria[3]
Icons-flag-tj.png Tajikistan
Icons-flag-qa.png Qatar
Icons-flag-sa.png Saudi Arabia[3]
Icons-flag-sc.png Seychelles
Icons-flag-sg.png Singapore
Icons-flag-lk.png Sri Lanka
Icons-flag-th.png Thailand
Icons-flag-tl.png Timor-Leste
Icons-flag-tm.png Turkmenistan
Icons-flag-uz.png Uzbekistan
Icons-flag-vn.png Vietnam
Icons-flag-ae.png United Arab Emirates
Icons-flag-ye.png Yemen[3]

Caribbeans

Icons-flag-ag.png Antigua and Barbuda
Icons-flag-bz.png Belize
Icons-flag-cu.png Cuba
Icons-flag-dm.png Dominica
Icons-flag-lc.png Saint Lucia
Icons-flag-vc.png St. Vincent & the Grenadines

South America

Icons-flag-gy.png Guyana
Icons-flag-ve.png Venezuela

Europe

Icons-flag-by.png Belarus
Icons-flag-ba.png Bosnia & Herzegovina
Icons-flag-md.png Moldova
Icons-flag-tr.png Turkey

Oceania

Icons-flag-mh.png Marshall Islands
Icons-flag-nr.png Nauru
Icons-flag-pw.png Palau
Icons-flag-pg.png Papua New Guinea
Icons-flag-ws.png Samoa
Icons-flag-sb.png Solomon Islands
Icons-flag-to.png Tonga
Tuvalu flag 300.png Tuvalu
Icons-flag-vu.png Vanuatu

Visas for Middle Eastern Countries (other than Egypt and Jordan)

The greatest difficulties are presented by visitors from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan.

There are some other countries that technically do not allow their citizens to visit Israel, but don't mind much if they do, as long as they keep low profile while in Israel (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Indonesia, Pakistan, Gulf states). International conferences are held in Israel quite often, occasionally with attendees from the aforementioned countries.

In all cases the organizing teams did their best to extend help, and this time won't be an exception.

A request for a visa may be filed through someone in Israel, in a third nearby country (for example - in Thailand or Hong Kong), or by mail through another country (through the US for example). Once the visa is obtained, entrance and exit from Israel is allowed. It should take about three weeks to process the visa application and costs about $21. As mentioned passports are not stamped in order to avoid causing problems to the guest when he gets back home.

We believe that given enough time in advance, we can assist in arranging visas for most if not all major participants who wish to attend the conference, and suggest that registration begin six months in advance.

Reference

  1. German citizens born on or before 31 December 1927 need to apply for a visa in advance.
  2. Official announcement of the change to the law: [1].
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Visa arrangements should start long time in advance. Organizers will provide assistance if required.
  4. Restrictions on visiting Israel incorporated in the local Malaysian law are irrelevant to the process of visa application. If visa is granted by the Israeli authorities, visiting Israel is possible, though might be considered a violation of the Malaysian local law.