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Do you need a visa to visit Israel?

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If you want to visit Israel, you might need a visa. To ensure you need a visa for the purpose of your visit, see this article.

This text explains whether you need a visa to visit Israel or not.

Who needs a visa to visit Israel?

A few countries benefit from the visa waiver program and can visit Israel without visas. The citizens or nationals of these countries can visit Israel with their passports and stay for up to three months. The list is as follows:

Albania Costa Rica Iceland Nauru* San Marino
Andorra Dominica* Jamaica New Zealand Serbia
Argentina Dominican Republic Japan North Macedonia Singapore
Australia* Ecuador Lesotho Norway Solomon Islands
Bahamas El Salvador Liechtenstein Palau South Africa*
Barbados Eswatini Macao Panama South Korea
Belarus EU members Malawi Papua New Guinea Suriname
Belize Fiji Mauritius Paraguay Switzerland
Botswana Georgia Mexico Peru Taiwan*
Brazil Grenada Micronesia Philippines Tonga
Canada Guatemala Moldova (biometric passport holders only) Russia ** Trinidad and Tobago
The central African Republic Haiti Monaco Saint Kitts and Nevis* Ukraine
Chile Honduras Mongolia Saint Lucia The United States*
Colombia Hong Kong Montenegro Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

 

*Visa exemption does not apply to official passport holders,

** Official passport holders require a visa and confirmation from the Israeli government

 

If your nationality doesn’t come on the above list, you need a visa to visit Israel. The type of visa is up to the purpose of your visit:

  • Business
  • Tourism
  • Visiting friend or family

 

You need to apply to the Israeli embassy or consulate in your home country to receive the visa. Authorities’ decisions often determine their validity.

Note: Remember that the above nationals need a visa for the long term. If they want to stay in Israel for longer than 90 days, they have to apply for a visa appropriate for the purpose of the trip.

The following list of countries need a visa for up to three months stays (short-term) in Israel:

Citizen of 151 countries

Afghanistan Azerbaijan Brunei Darussalam Cocos Islands Equatorial
Albania Bahrain Bulgaria Comoros Guinea
Algeria Bangladesh Burkina Faso Congo Eritrea
American Samoa Belarus Burundi Brazzaville Estonia
Andorra Belize Cambodia Cook Islands Ethiopia
Angola Benign Cameroon Cuba Falkland Islands
Anguilla Bermuda Cayman Islands Democratic Republic of Congo Faroe Islands
Antigua and Barbuda Bosnia and herzegovina China Djibouti French Guiana
Armenia Botswana Chad Dominica French Polynesia
Aruba British Virgin Islands Christmas Island Egypt Gabon

 

Gambia Honduras Kuwait Mali Nauru
Georgia India Kyrgyzstan Marshall Islands Nepal
Ghana Indonesia Laos Martinique Netherlands Antilles
Greenland Iran* Lebanon Mauritania New Caledonia
Grenade Iraq Liberia Mayotte Nicaragua
Guadeloupe Ivory Coast Libya Moldova Niger
Guam Jordan Macau Montserrat Nigeria
Guinea Kazakhstan Macedonia Mozambique Niue
Guinea-Bissau Kenya Madagascar Burma Norfolk Island
Guyana Kiribati Maldives Namibia North Korea

 

*It’s written on The Iranian nationals’ passport that they don’t have the right to visit Israel.

 

Oman Rwanda Saudi Arabia Tokelau Vatican
Palau Saint Helena Solomon Islands Tunisia Venezuela
Papua New Guinea Saint-Martin Somalia Turkmenistan Vietnam
Pakistan Saint-Pierre and Miquelon South sudan Tuvalu Virgin Islands
Peru Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Sri Lanka Turkey Wallis and futuna
Pitcairn Islands Samoa Sudan Thailand Yemen
Porto Rico Senegal Syria Uganda Zambia
Malaysia Serbia Taiwan US Zimbabwe
Morocco Seychelles Islands Tajikistan Uzbekistan
Qatar Sierra Leone Tanzania Ukraine
Romania Singapore Togo United Arab Emirates

 

The elderly from Germany

The German nationals who were born before January 1, 1928, need a visa to visit Israel. In addition, they mustn’t have been a member of the Nazi party and committed any crime or atrocity against the Jewish community during or before World War II.

Egypt nationals

The nationals or citizens of Egypt don’t need a visa to visit Israel for 14 days. After that, however, they must enter the country through Taba and visit up to Beersheba only.

 

Visa on arrival for Palestinian

Palestinian passport holders can benefit from the visa on arrival program and go on their trip or journey through Israel. If the Israeli Ministry of Interior has issued a verification for a group of ten people, they have the authorization to get a visa on arrival. However, it is not true for nationals of Jordan.

 

Let’s sum up…

If you want to visit Israel, you might need a visa. It’s up to your nationality. The article explained whether you need a short-stay visa for Israel or not. You can find the full list of visa free countries and the countries that require a visa.

To know more about the Israel visa, look at the left sidebar.

You could also find out about other countries’ visa vy checking the top menu.

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