Do I Need a Visa to Visit Israel?

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With travelers from across the world looking to visit this incredible country, we often get asked “Do I Need a Visa to Enter Israel”? It’s not difficult to get into the country and many countries are automatically granted tourist(B2) visas. These tourist visas are valid for 90 days, and only apply to a national and official passport. They are not a stamp, but a paper slip you should hold onto for the duration of your visit.

There are exceptions listed below so you know if you need a visa to visit Israel, and we also offer a guide to visas for entering Jordan for cross-border tours in Jordan. If you need a break from reading rules and regulations, look through all of the tours we offer for your great escape. Read through our handy guide to find out “Do I Need a Visa to Visit Israel?” so all you have to do is show up and have fun!

Countries with Automatic Visas

All citizens with a valid national and official passport of the countries below are automatically granted a 90 day visa upon arrival. Most of these visas are free, while countries that do have to pay are marked with an asterisk. The fee and application must be processed at the Israeli embassy in your country.

Africa
Botswana, Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, and Swaziland

Asia
Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates

Europe
Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Man and Canal Islands, Moldova*(only with a biometric passport), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia(Requires Multi-factor Authentication), San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom

North America
Canada, and the United States of America

Oceania
Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu

South & Central America
Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines*, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay

Countries That Require Prior Clearance

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Below is the list of countries that don’t allow free travel with Israel. Contact your local Israeli embassy for requirements for your application, since requirements vary by region. We recommend beginning your application at least 2 months before your travel date.

Africa
Algeria*, Angola*, Benin*, Burkina Faso*, Burundi*, Cameroon*, Cape Verde Islands, Chad*, Comoros Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo*, the Congo Democratic Republic*, Cote d’Ivoire*, Djibouti*, East Timor*, Equatorial Guinea*, Eritrea*, Ethiopia*, Gabon*, Gambia*, Ghana*, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana*, Kenya*, Kiribati*, Liberia*, Madagascar*, Mali, Mozambique*, Namibia*, Niger, Nigeria*, Rwanda*, Sao Tome & Principe*, Senegal*, Seychelles Islands, Sierra Leone*, South Sudan*, Tanzania*, Togo*, Uganda*, Zambia*, and Zimbabwe*

Asia
Azerbaijan*, Bangladesh*, Bhutan, Brunei*, Cambodia*, China*, India*, Kazakhstan*, Kyrgyzstan*, Laos*, Maldives*, Myanmar*, Nepal*, Sri Lanka*, Tajikistan*, Thailand*, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam*

Europe
Armenia*, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, the Holy See(Vatican)*, and Kosovo*

North America
Marshall Islands

Oceania
Samoa*, and Tuvalu*

South & Central America
Antigua & Barbuda*, Bermuda, Bolivia*, Cuba*, Nicaragua*, and Venezuela*

Countries Requiring MFA for Visas

There are also countries that must complete multi-factor authentication through their Israeli embassy. We recommend beginning the application process at least 3 months in advance. These include Afghanistan*, Bahrain*, Egypt*, Indonesia*, Iran*, Iraq*, Jordan*, North Korea*, Kuwait*, Lebanon*, Libya*, Malaysia*, Mauritania*, Morocco*, Oman*, Pakistan, Qatar*, Saudi Arabia*, Somalia*, Sudan*, Syria*, Tunisia*, and Yemen*.

Countries With Exceptions

There are a few countries that have special exceptions not mentioned above. While Chinese citizens need a visa in advance, diplomatic or service passport holders automatically receive a visa if their stay is less than 90 days. Egyptian citizens do not need a visa if they enter through the Tabba border crossing, and can stay for less than 14 days and travel only as far north as Beer Sheva. Kenyan, Rwandan, and Vietnamese citizens holding a diplomatic passport are exempt from the required visa.

*All countries with an asterisk must pay a fee for their visa

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