Israel to Introduce E-Visa for Tourist and Business Travelers

The Israeli Ministry of Interior will introduce an Electronic Travel Authorization process for individuals traveling to Israel for business or tourism.

What to Expect with Israel’s ETA Visa
  • The ETA will be required for travelers from visa waiver and non-waiver countries. This will include travelers from countries that enjoy visa-free entry to Israel.
  • Travelers will be able to apply for a tourist visa online and receive their authorization via email. The ETA system will remove the need for travelers to visa the Israeli embassy as they can submit all required documents online.
  • The introduction of the ETA does not change the process or requirements for the B-1 Work Visa, which remains consulate-based.
  • The Ministry will commence pilot programs for the electronic visa to gather information and refine as needed. The government will also set up a service hotline to assist travelers with the ETA process.
Erickson Insights and Analysis

The ETA streamlines the travel process to Israel, however, if additional documents are requested or required, applicants may have to visit the nearest Israeli embassy for additional support. Erickson Immigration Group will continue to monitor developments and share updates as more news is available. Please contact your employer or EIG attorney if you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or case-specific questions.