Our office will provide you with all of the necessary paperwork and instructions to facilitate you receiving the appropriate visa required in the smoothest way possible. All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date they are due to depart Israel.​​​​​

General Information

Below are the types of visas relevant for Internationals at the Institute. The International Office will contact you prior to your arrival, with detailed instructions about the type of visa you need, and instruct you on how to apply for it.

If you hold Israeli citizenship, if one or both of your parents are Israeli, if you are a returning resident, or if you are in the process of making Aliyah, please contact us and we will instruct you on how to proceed.

In general, visas are granted for a maximum period of 12 months and can be extended as required.

B/2 Visitor's visa

A B/2 visa is for those who will to stay in Israel for a short time, or are on a Sabbatical and will not receive a salary, or are spouses of B/1 visa holders. Recipients of this visa are not permitted to work.
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 in advance to visit Israel by viewing the list.

A/2 Student visa

The A/2 visa is for those who study or carry out research in academic institutions in Israel, such as MSc, PhD and Postdoctoral fellows. Recipients of this visa are not permitted to work.

B/1 Work visa

A B/1 visa is for those who will be employed by the Institute and receive a salary, such as faculty members, visiting scientists, consultants, research associates and senior interns.

Visa for Family Members

A/4 Accompanying visa is for spouses and minor children of recipients of A/2 visas.
Recipients of this visa are not permitted to work.

B/2 Visitor’s visa is for spouses of Weizmann employees, who are recipients of B/1 work visa.
Recipients of this visa are not permitted to work.

B/1 Work visa is available for spouses of PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and employees, who wish to work. This visa can only be obtained after arrival in Israel through the International office.

Multiple Entry visa

A Multiple Entry visa can be issued in conjunction with any of the above visas, and allows you to leave and re-enter Israel while it is valid.

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 representative of the Jewish Agency who is responsible for the area in which they reside.


More Information you may need

Before arrival

Here you will find all of the information you need to get organised prior to your arrival in Israel including visas, health insurance, housing and registering your children for childcare or school.

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Health Insurance

Every International faculty member, employee, student or visitor, as well as accompanying family members and dependents, must be covered by a comprehensive private health insurance policy for the period of their stay in Israel. This Insurance must include COVID coverage.
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