Israel Entry Requirements 2024: Rules & Guidelines

Thinking of traveling to Israel for the summer of 2024? Make sure you’re prepared because the Israel entry requirements are changing. So what do you need to know and do, and how do you go about it? As the Israel travel experts, we have everything you need to know right here.

Last updated: 3 June, 2024

Visitors From Visa Exempt Countries

Until now, all citizens from a visa-exempt country wanting to visit Israel were not required to fill out any forms in advance or apply for any entry pass. Now, however, a little more is needed of these visitors, even those traveling from the United States. Like many other countries, Israel is now implementing an online application system to be filled out 72 hours before boarding the flight. A 25 NIS ($7) entry fee will also be associated with this.

Note: All travelers with Israeli citizenship are entirely exempt from this process.

When Will This Start?

A pilot (no payment and voluntary) version of this ETA-IL program will be launched on June 8th, 2024 for all those traveling from the US and Germany. From July 1st, this will be expanded to all those from visa-exempt countries. The full program with the fees will launch officially on August 1, 2024.

Why Is This Being Implemented?

Travelers should not be alarmed by this new Israel entry requirement. The application and fee are similar to those implanted by many other Western countries like the US and Australia. The main purpose of this clearance system is to screen out any potential threats easily or those who are likely to violate their visa restrictions. As noted, it is advised to complete this form 72 hours before traveling, but approval will likely be received within a few hours. Visit the official ETA-IL page to complete the application and find further details.

What If I’m not from a Visa-Exempt Country?

If you’re a citizen of a country that is not included in this visa-exemption program, you will be required to complete a more vigorous visa application process. Once granted, this visa will be valid for two years, with each visit limited to 90 days. We have more details in our “Do I need a Visa to Visit Israel” article.

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Please note the information provided here is prepared in good faith however the official government policies are subject to change often at short notice, and always override anything published here.

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