Israel to Introduce an Electronic Travel Authorization System from August 2024

Israel’s Ministry of Interior has announced that, effective August 2024, all travellers to Israel from visa-exempt countries must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA-IL) to enter the country.

What to Expect
  • From June 1, 2024, the system will open as a pilot program for nationals of the United States and Germany. During the pilot phase, submitting an application will be voluntary and exempt from fees. The system will open to other nationalities on July 1, 2024.
  • Those who are eligible will be able to travel to Israel and stay for up to 90 days at a time, for tourism, business and other non-work and non-medical purposes.
  • An ETA-IL is valid for two years or until the expiry of the holder’s passport, and allows for multiple entries.
  • For longer stays and other purposes, travellers must obtain a visa from their nearest Israeli Embassy or Consulate.

Applicants must be a citizen of a visa-exempt country, with a passport valid at least until the end of the visit to Israel.

Applications must be submitted online and an NIS 25 fee must be paid (this will not apply during the pilot period).  Processing may take up to 72 hours.  Decisions will be sent by email.

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