The United States has announced its decision to include Israel in the nation’s Visa Waiver Program. From November 30, 2023, Israeli passport holders can travel to the U.S. without a visa, providing they have a valid ESTA visa waiver. This new move makes traveling to the U.S. more accessible for Israeli citizens, who previously needed
Visa Policy for Israel
The Israel visa policy outlines which foreign nationals require a visa to enter the country and the situations in which different types of visa are needed.
The entry requirements depend on the following factors: the individual’s nationality, the period of time they plan to spend in Israel, and the purpose of their trip.
There are a number of different types of Israel visa. There are 4 types of long-term “A” visas and 2 types of limited stay “B” visa, as well as immigration visas for Israel.
The A/1 visa for Israel grants temporary resident status.
The A/2 is a student visa for Israel.
The A/3 visa is for members of the clergy performing religious duties in the country.
The A/4 visa is for spouses and children of A/2 and A/3 visa holders.
The B/1 Work Visa for Israel permits foreign nationals to perform paid work in the country.
The B/2 Visitor’s Visa allows tourism, business trips, and studies in a Hebrew ulpan.
At present, it is only possible for nationals of foreign countries to get a visa at an Israeli embassy or consulate abroad. This involves going in person to the nearest diplomatic mission. All types of visa must be obtained at an embassy.
Israel plans to launch a new electronic visa (eVisa) system, which will allow travelers to apply for a visa online. This will streamline the process and make it easier to obtain authorization to enter the country.
Citizens of a number of countries enjoy visa exemption for Israel. These travelers may enter without a visa, using only their passport, for short-term visits or will be issued with a free visa on arrival when passing through border control.
In order to apply for any type of visa for Israel, the traveler’s passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the planned date of departure from the country.
Find out more about the visa policy of Israel in the guide below.