The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reserves the right to periodically update visa information requirements.
Israel has visa exemption agreements with many countries for short visits of up to 90 days. You can check whether you need to obtain a visa to visit Israel by viewing the list.
Below are the types of visas and the application process for obtaining them:
A/2 Student visa
This visa is granted to those who want to study in Israel in elementary, high schools and academic institutions. The visa is valid for a maximum of 12 months and can be extended. It allows for multiple entrances and exits. Recipients of this visa are not permitted to work in Israel.
A/4 visa - for the spouses and children of recipients of A/2 visas
This visa is granted to the spouses and minor children of recipients of A/2 visas. Recipients of this visa are not permitted to work in Israel.
Apostille marriage and/or birth certificates are required.
B/1 Work visa
This visa is for a person whose stay in Israel is approved for a limited period for the purpose of work. This visa is given to experts and artists, among others, and is granted solely with the approval of the Ministry of the Interior. The visa must be obtained in your home country prior to arriving in Israel. The visa is valid for a maximum of 12 months and can be extended.
Please note that you may be required to provide additional certificates at the local Israeli embassy such as:
A verified certificate of good conduct
Certification of medical examinations performed in clinics or hospitals recognized by the mission (the certification must cover normal results in tests for tuberculosis, hepatitis and AIDS) and the results of blood tests.
A declaration of being fingerprinted (the State of Israel has begun to fingerprint foreigners entering the country to work) and a photograph.
The validity of the B/1 Work visa follows the guidelines of the Ministry of Interior guidelines. The worker must enter Israel within the time period specified on the visa.
B/2 Visitor's visa
A B/2 visa is granted to someone who wishes to stay in Israel for a short time (for a visit, tourism, a business meeting or study in a Hebrew ulpan). Recipients of this visa are not permitted to work in Israel.
A B/2 visa is valid for a maximum of up to three months from the date of issue.
Multiple Entry visa
A Multiple Entry visa can be issued in conjunction with the above visas, which will allow holders to be able to leave and re-enter Israel while it is valid. It is issued for a maximum of 12 months and can be extended.
Immigration visa & Returning Residents
The Law of Return, 5710 - 1950 determines the right of every Jew to immigrate to the State of Israel. Jews returning to Israel are considered people who were away - or whose ancestors were away - from Israel and are now returning to their country.
Those interested in commencing the process of immigrating to Israel should contact the aliya representative of the Jewish Agency who is responsible for the area in which they reside.