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Tips, documentation and requirements to travel to Israel

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 if you need a visa or not and 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.

Necessary documents

All people who decide to travel to Israel must have a passport. However, depending on your nationality and the reason for your visit, you may also need a visa.

Passport

Citizens of some countries do not need to apply for a visa, since they are part of the Visa Waiver Program, provided they want to visit Israel for up to 90 days and do not go to work. The beneficiary states are the following:

  • TO: 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
  • AND: 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: Saint 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
  • OR: Ukraine, Uruguay
  • V: Vanuatu

In the case of Germany, those who were born after 1928 can enter the country. As for Moldova, the passport of travelers is required to be biometric.

People from these countries need a passport with a validity of at least six months from the entrance. Upon arrival in Israel, a stamp or visa will be stamped on your passport.

Having an Israeli visa in your passport may prevent you from entering an Arab country (with the exception of Jordan and Egypt). Therefore, you can ask to stamp the seal on a separate sheet.

Visa

People belonging to a country that does not appear in the above list need to apply for a visitor visa or B / 2 to travel as a tourist to Israel for a maximum of 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 (bank account status in the last three months)
  • Round trip flight
  • Two passport-size photos (5 × 5 cm)
  • Payment of the fee whose price is € 22 (USD 23)
With a tourist visa you can volunteer in a kibbutz: a traditional agrarian exploitation of Israel.

On the other hand, any Jewish person can go to live in Israel, because by law, he has the right to immigrate to this country. To do this, you must 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.

Foreigners of Palestinian origin or who are married and traveling with a Palestinian person are prohibited from entering the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport.

recommendations

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain offers some advice or tips That is important to keep in mind. The first thing to know is that in recent years there have been some terrorist attacks, so be alert, especially in areas such as stations.

It is advised not to travel to the border of Israel with Syria and Lebanon, in addition to the border with the Gaza Strip, as these areas and the 40 km around are dangerous.

Care must be taken in Jewish ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods: do not take photographs, dress with covered shoulders and legs, and do not drive in a vehicle during the sabbat (from Friday sunset to Saturday).

Spaniards traveling to this country can register in the traveler register, which you will find by clicking in this link.

Sanitary requirements

There is no mandatory vaccine to go to Israel. Therefore, it is recommended to keep the basics up to date:

  • Tetanus-Diphtheria
  • Triple viral (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 recommended to use mosquito repellent.

User Questions

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 doesn't have to be any 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 passport stamp.

Is there a scholarship to visit Israel?

There are some organizations that promote people of Jewish origin to know Israel. Among them we find Taglit Birthright Israel and AMIA (Mutual Association Israelita Argentina).

In which month is it more advisable to meet 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 for children. In addition, excluding border areas, Israel is considered a country with high security.

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