This article provides some useful tips and links to determine the different visa requirements applicable for entry to Israel and how to find the nearest Israeli mission.
“Do I need an Israeli visa?”
Whether you need an Israeli visa or not depends on the country of your residence. Nationals of several countries are exempt from getting a B2 (tourist) visa. So, check out this link to know whether if you are a national of any of these countries that do not require a B2 visa
If your country does require you to apply for an Israeli visa — where to get it?
In order to obtain it, you will have to submit an application at the Israeli embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Israel has outsourced visa admission to third-party visa processing centers in several countries.
Make sure that your nearest or most available visa processing center admits application for Israeli visas before submitting your application there.
When to apply for an Israeli visa
The recommended time to apply for an Israeli visa is one to two (1 to 2) months before your date of travel.
Completing the Israel visa application form
Before proceeding to the next steps, make sure to complete the Israel visa application form. You can complete filling the form in either English or Hebrew. Click here to download the application form.
Gather the required documents
The following common required documents when you apply for an Israel visa:
- Visa application form
- Two passport-sized photographs
- A valid passport (it should be valid for at least six months beyond the intended duration of your stay in Israel, with at least one blank page to affix the visa)
- Older passports (you must submit all passports in your possession – current, old, expired, or special passport)
- Flight booking (you do not have to buy tickets as if your application is rejected. You just need to show your saved seat on a flight to Israel as a proof of date of your intention of your stay there)
- Birth certificate
- Payment for the application fee
Show up at the visa interview
You will meet with a consular officer, who will be the one to interview you. He or she will ask you several questions about your intention of your trip to Israel, where you will stay and how long you will stay, as well as how you will shoulder your trip. The officer will also ask your background — civil status, occupation, etc.
This is one of the most important procedures of your Israel visa application, so you should be at your best to ensure that you will secure an Israel visa.
Pay the application fees
Pay a certain amount of fee to the embassy in order for it to process your application for the Israeli visa. The cost varies — for example, a permanent residence visa will cost you a lot more than the other visas.
Most tourists enter on a B2 Visa that does not allow them to work and is valid for a short stay. Citizens of many countries can obtain their B2 Visas at the port of entry. Please review these resources thoroughly to determine your needs.
A list of contact details for the State of Israel’s Diplomatic & Consular Missions
An overview of the different types of Entry Visas to Israel
An overview of the Visa Requirements from different countries