Saturday, September 18, 2021

Visa & Passport Requirements for Israel

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Visa restrictions
Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen prohibit passports carrying stamps or visas from Israel because to the continuing Israeli–Arab conflict. Other Islamic nations, such as Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and others, may also make it difficult for you to enter and/or deny visas. This is no longer an issue, since Israeli passport control no longer stamps visitors’ passports in most instances. Passport control issues special entrance cards to tourists arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport under a new procedure. If you enter or leave Israel by land, be aware that a stamp from a land border crossing or a neighboring nation with Israel will be considered proof of your travel to Israel, and you may be refused entrance to any of these countries.

For up to three months, foreign citizens of the following countries/territories may visit Israel visa-free: all European Union member states, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Macao, Macedonia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, the United States, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

According to the US Department of State, if you are suspected of overt and unlawful actions, are of Arab ancestry, Muslim, or a political activist, you may be subjected to further questioning, searches, and/or denial of entry if they are not satisfied after interrogation. It is important to note that citizenship in one of the nations mentioned above does not ensure admission. Immigration officials are free to make their own decisions.

German people born before January 1, 1928, must apply for a visa ahead of time. If you were not significantly engaged in persecution during the Nazi period, you will be granted this visa, which will be valid for the duration of your passport’s validity.

For several Arab countries, allowing its people to visit Israel is a crime. Even if you are an Arab-born citizen of a European or North American nation, entering Israel may have repercussions when you return home.

Keep in mind that many Arab and Islamic nations refuse admission to anybody who has visited Israel. If you arrive by air or water and want to visit Arab countries with the same passport, request that the Israeli immigration official stamp a second piece of paper. They are often willing to do this, depending on the circumstances. Then you won’t be refused admission by any of the Arab countries listed above. If you enter Israel by land, however, this may not be enough: in the most paranoid countries (notably Syria and Lebanon), your passport will be examined not only for Israeli stamps, but also for stamps from neighboring countries from Israeli land border crossings such as Taba (Egypt) and Arava/Aqaba (Jordan). At Israeli border crossings, they will also look for baggage labels (or their residue) attached to the rear of passports. You’ll need to apply for a second passport in this instance, which will enable you to have an Israeli stamp on one passport and go to Arab countries on the other. Check with your own embassy.

Although Israeli Customs and Immigration officials may be wary of visitors from Arab nations, you are unlikely to encounter much more than lengthy, repeated, but courteous interrogation. If you have stamps from other Arab nations in your passport, you should expect to be pulled aside (without explanation) and ultimately questioned, depending on the circumstances. It may take anything from 10 minutes to many hours to complete this task. The important thing to remember is that if you have nothing to conceal, you should have nothing to fear, apart from the inconvenience of questioning. It is considerably more probable that you will be held for interrogation in Ben Gurion airport if you are a young backpacker, particularly if you go alone. When you go up the escalators from your aircraft, there is a “selection committee” of two security officers waiting for you, and they will not hesitate to stop you if you seem suspect. They are less likely to disturb you if you dress well or seem to be a member of another group or family.

If you’re in Israel on a tourist visa (B2) and want to extend your stay, you may do so for a nominal charge at the Ministry of the Interior Visa office. To find out where the nearest office is, contact the Ministry of Interior Call Center at +972 2 629-4666. Citizens of most European and North American countries may also renew their visas by crossing into Jordan and returning through the Arava border crossing near Eilat, or crossing into Egypt and returning via Taba.

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