The Israeli Consulates worldwide have returned to operating normally after a long partial strike. The consulates will again issue work and visitor visas (for non-waivered nationals). As a result, the Ministry of Interior will no longer issue “Entry Permits” that were used in place of an “Entry Visa” during the strike.
Reverting to the pre-strike process, a business visitor from a non-waivered country must process a pre-entry B-2 visitor visa at the Israeli consulate. A waiver from consular processing for B-1 work visas will remain optional, subject to the Ministry of Interior’s sole discretion.
Employers and employees should take into consideration longer processing times for visitor and employment visas at the various consulates.
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