The requirements to travel to Israel vary according to the nationality of the traveler and the length of stay. In this practical guide, we inform you whether or not you need a visa and we give you some important tips to consider if you travel on your own. In addition, we indicate if it is dangerous to visit this country.
Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.
All people who decide to travel to Israel must have a passport. However, depending on your nationality and the reason for your visit, they may also need a visa.
Citizens of some countries do not need to apply for a visa, as they are part of the Visa Waiver Program, as long as they want to visit Israel for a maximum of 90 days and do not go to work. The beneficiary states are the following:
- A: Albania, Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia
- B: Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Belarus, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria
- C: Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia
- D: Denmark, Dominica
- E: Ecuador, El Salvador, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, United States, Estonia
- F: France, Philippines, Finland
- G: Georgia, Granada, Greece, Guatemala
- H: Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary
- I: Ireland, Iceland, Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Solomon Islands, Italy
- J: Jamaica, Japan
- L: Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
- M: Macao, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro
- N: Nauru, Niue, Norway, New Zealand
- P: Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal
- R: United Kingdom, Central African Republic, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Romania, Russia
- S: San Marino, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Singapore, Swaziland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname
- T: Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago
- U: Ukraine, Uruguay
- V: Vanuatu
In the case of Germany, those born after 1928 can enter the country. As for Moldova, travelers' passports are required to be biometric.
People from these countries need a passport valid for at least six months from the entrance. Upon arrival in Israel, a stamp or visa will be affixed to your passport.
People belonging to a country that does not appear in the previous list need to apply for a visitor visa or B / 2 to travel as a tourist to Israel for up to three months. The requirements are as follows:
- Passport with a minimum validity of six months
- Completed and signed application form
- Photocopy of passport
- Proof of economic sufficiency for the trip (statement of the bank account in the last three months)
- Roundtrip flight
- Two passport-size photos (5 × 5 cm)
- Payment of the fee whose price is € 22 (23 USD)
On the other hand, any Jewish person can go to live in Israel, because by law, they have the right to immigrate to this country. To do this, you will need to apply for an immigration visa.
Also, if you want to go to work in this country, you can apply for a work visa or B / 1, which only applies to a limited period of time.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain offers some advice or tips which is important to keep in mind. The first thing to know is that in recent years there have been some terrorist attacksTherefore, you must be alert, especially in crowded areas such as stations.
It is advisable not to travel to the Israeli border with Syria and Lebanon, as well as the border with the Gaza Strip, as these areas and the 40 km around are dangerous.
Care must be taken in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods: do not take photographs, dress with your shoulders and legs covered, and do not drive in a vehicle during the Sabbath (from sunset on Friday to Saturday).
Spaniards who travel to this country can register in the travelers registry, which you will find by clicking this link.
There is no mandatory vaccination to go to Israel. Therefore, it is recommended to keep the basics up to date:
- MMR (measles, rubella and mumps)
- Hepatitis A
The country has quality health centers. However, these are quite expensive, so it is advisable to hire a travel insurance that includes repatriation to the country of origin.
The only disease you should protect yourself from is Nile Fever, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Therefore, it is best to use mosquito repellent.
Questions from users
Are there problems traveling to Israel with HIV or AIDS?
Israel imposes some restrictions on people with AIDS, so it can be an inconvenience when traveling to this country. It is best to contact the nearest Israeli Embassy before starting the trip.
Can you enter Israel with stamps from Arab countries in your passport?
There does not have to be a problem. However, remember that, as we indicated in section 1.1, it can be a problem to travel to an Arab country with an Israeli stamp in the passport.
Is there any scholarship to visit Israel?
There are some organizations that promote that people of Jewish origin get to know Israel. Among them we find Taglit Birthright Israel and AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina).
In which month is it best to visit Israel?
A good time to go is in spring, between March and June. In July and August the temperatures are quite high, while between October and March rainfall is frequent.
Is it advisable to travel to Israel with children?
Yes, since big cities like Tel Aviv have a tourist offer geared towards children. Furthermore, excluding border areas, Israel is considered a country with high security.
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