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:

AlbaniaCosta RicaIcelandNauru*San Marino
AndorraDominica*JamaicaNew ZealandSerbia
ArgentinaDominican RepublicJapanNorth MacedoniaSingapore
Australia*EcuadorLesothoNorwaySolomon Islands
BahamasEl SalvadorLiechtensteinPalauSouth Africa*
BarbadosEswatiniMacaoPanamaSouth Korea
BelarusEU membersMalawiPapua New GuineaSuriname
CanadaGuatemalaMoldova (biometric passport holders only)Russia **Trinidad and Tobago
The central African RepublicHaitiMonacoSaint Kitts and Nevis*Ukraine
ChileHondurasMongoliaSaint LuciaThe United States*
ColombiaHong KongMontenegroSaint 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

AfghanistanAzerbaijanBrunei DarussalamCocos IslandsEquatorial
AlgeriaBangladeshBurkina FasoCongoEritrea
American SamoaBelarusBurundiBrazzavilleEstonia
AndorraBelizeCambodiaCook IslandsEthiopia
AngolaBenignCameroonCubaFalkland Islands
AnguillaBermudaCayman IslandsDemocratic Republic of CongoFaroe Islands
Antigua and BarbudaBosnia and herzegovinaChinaDjiboutiFrench Guiana
ArmeniaBotswanaChadDominicaFrench Polynesia
ArubaBritish Virgin IslandsChristmas IslandEgyptGabon


GeorgiaIndiaKyrgyzstanMarshall IslandsNepal
GhanaIndonesiaLaosMartiniqueNetherlands Antilles
GreenlandIran*LebanonMauritaniaNew Caledonia
GuadeloupeIvory CoastLibyaMoldovaNiger
Guinea-BissauKenyaMadagascarBurmaNorfolk Island
GuyanaKiribatiMaldivesNamibiaNorth Korea

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

OmanRwandaSaudi ArabiaTokelauVatican
PalauSaint HelenaSolomon IslandsTunisiaVenezuela
Papua New GuineaSaint-MartinSomaliaTurkmenistanVietnam
PakistanSaint-Pierre and MiquelonSouth sudanTuvaluVirgin Islands
PeruSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSri LankaTurkeyWallis and futuna
Pitcairn IslandsSamoaSudanThailandYemen
Porto RicoSenegalSyriaUgandaZambia
MoroccoSeychelles IslandsTajikistanUzbekistan
QatarSierra LeoneTanzaniaUkraine
RomaniaSingaporeTogoUnited 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.

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