Visa Requirements for Citizens of Israel

Visa requirements for citizens of Israel determine if Israelis need a visa to enter countries worldwide. Discover what you require for your destination.

Visa Requirements for Israeli Citizens

Visa requirements for Israeli citizens are administrative entry regulations placed on holders of a passport from Israel by authorities around the world. They dictate if Israeli nationals require a visa or travel authorization to enter a specific foreign territory or if they may do so visa-free.

At present, the Henley passport index places the Israeli passport at 24th in terms of travel freedom, tied with Barbados, as citizens of Israel are able to travel to approximately 120 countries across the globe visa-free or with a visa on arrival.

Additionally, Israelis are able to visit roughly 20 destinations worldwide using an electronic travel authorization or eVisa issued through an expedited application process, which removes the need to wait in long border queues to obtain a visa on arrival at ports of entry.

Electronic Travel Visa Authorizations for citizens of Israel permit stays of between 28 days up to 120 days depending on the country of issue and most often permit entry for tourism, business, or transit purposes, as well as medical treatment in some cases.

The countries that allow entry to Israelis without a visa permit a visa-free stay of between 30 and 360 days depending on the destination.

To travel to any of these countries for longer periods of time or for purposes such as to work or study, it is necessary to apply for a consular or embassy visa for Israeli citizens from the nearest diplomatic government office of the destination.

Additionally, nationals of Israel are required to obtain an embassy visa to visit up to 90 countries worldwide regardless of the intended period of stay or travel purpose.

Discover a full breakdown of the different types of entry for Israelis below.

List of Visa Countries for Israeli Passport Holders in 2021

Visa requirements for Israeli passport holders dictate that there are currently up to 135 countries that oblige travelers from Israel to have an approved visa or travel authorization to cross their borders, regardless of the length and purpose of the trip.

Of these destinations, roughly 20 permit Israelis to apply for a visa or travel authorization online through a simple electronic form for short stays, eliminating the need to visit an embassy in person to submit an application or wait in long immigration lines at borders to obtain a visa on arrival.

The process of obtaining an eVisa or online visa waiver is usually quick and simple, and applicants often receive their approved travel authorization electronically linked to their Israeli passport, eliminating the need to carry a paper document to present to border authorities.

Additionally, there are around 90 countries that require Israels to obtain an approved embassy visa from a diplomatic mission of their destination in advance. This is a mandatory requirement regardless of whether the traveler needs a tourist visa, business visa, work visa, student visa, transit visa, or another visa type.

Finally, travelers from Israel should be aware that there are currently around 12 countries that impose an entry ban on Israeli citizens. A visa is not currently available for Israelis for these destinations, which include a number of Arabic countries such as Kuwait, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.

You can find more information about visa-required countries for Israelis below.

Electronic Travel Visa Authorization

Electronic Travel Visa Authorization programs allow Israeli nationals to obtain either an eVisa or online visa waiver for 20 destinations worldwide. In most cases, these electronic application systems have been implemented to eliminate the need to obtain a visa on arrival to cross the border and save the applicant time waiting in queues to gain entry.

Electronic Travel Visa Authorizations for Israelis permit short stays in the country from 28 up to 120 days and may be issued either for a single entry or multiple entries.

The protocol of obtaining an electronic visa waiver or eVisa for citizens of Israel usually involves completing a simple online form with basic personal and passport information, and occasionally with details of the trip such as flight and hotel bookings.

It is often necessary to answer a few questions related to health and security matters and to pay a mandatory processing fee using a valid debit or credit card. This entire process usually only takes a few minutes to complete.

Electronic Travel Visa Authorizations for Israeli nationals usually only take a few business days to be processed and approved. Once issued, they are either sent by email to the traveler, who can then print a copy to present upon arrival, or digitally linked to their passport, which can then be scanned by border authorities to confirm its validity.

Discover a complete list of countries that issue Electronic Travel Visa Authorizations to Israeli passport holders.

Visa on Arrival

Visas on arrival for Israeli passport holders are a type of short-term visa that may be obtained at an immigration checkpoint of the country of destination. At present, there are currently around 25 territories that offer this visa option to passengers arriving from Israel, including a number of countries in Africa.

A visa on arrival for Israeli citizens is most often issued as a single entry document that permits a stay from 7 up to 120 days depending on the territory of destination. It is usually issued to either tourist, business, or transit visitors.

Obtaining a visa on arrival for Israelis involves traveling directly to a border control checkpoint in the country of destination. Once there, the applicant usually has to wait in a long queue to be handed a visa on arrival form to complete with personal, passport, and travel information.

It is also usually necessary to carry a variety of documents to present in support of the application and to pay a visa on arrival processing fee before the visa can be processed and approved. Payment by credit and debit card may not be available: the fee is usually requested in cash and in local currency.

Browse the list below to discover the visa on arrival countries for nationals of Israel.

Visa on Arrival: Country list

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  • Comoros
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Samoa
  • Senegal
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Embassy Visa Required

Worldwide visa requirements for Israelis dictate that roughly 90 countries around the globe require citizens of Israel to have an approved embassy visa to visit their territory, no matter if they are planning a short term or long term stay.

An embassy or consular travel visa for Israeli passport holders may be issued for a variety of purposes, as a business visa, visa for work or trade, tourist visa, student visa, resident visa, or another visa type.

The length of stay permitted will differ depending on the visa option the applicant requires, and whether the document is a single entry or multiple entry visa will also depend on this factor.

To obtain a visa from an embassy or consulate, it is necessary to make an appointment at the nearest diplomatic government office of the destination country in Israel and to bring a completed application form along to an in-person interview.

It is also usually necessary to bring a variety of supporting documents depending on the purpose of the intended travel and to pay an embassy visa fee before the application can be processed and approved.

It is advisable to apply for an embassy visa for Israeli citizens well in advance of the intended travel dates, as the processing of the document can sometimes take up to several weeks.

Find a comprehensive list of embassy visa-required countries for Israelis below.

Embassy Visa Required: Country list

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  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chad
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Kiribati
  • Liberia
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • New Caledonia
  • Niger
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pakistan
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Seychelles
  • Sint Maarten
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Tokelau
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna

Visa Not Required

At present, a visa is not required for Israelis to travel to up to 100 countries around the world, including a number of South American, European, and Asian territories.

Visa exemption is granted to Israelis in these countries for stays that vary from 30 days up to 1 year, depending on the destination.

To gain entry to visa-exempt countries, travelers from Israel are usually required to present a valid Israeli passport upon arrival at a border checkpoint. However, in some cases, if the Israeli citizen is a dual national of certain countries, they are required to enter using the passport of that other country.

The mandatory minimum validity of the passport differs from country to country, so it is important to check this before departure.

Visa-free stays are usually granted to Israeli passport holders for tourism or business purposes, or to transit to an onward destination. To visit these same countries for longer periods of stay than those permitted visa-exempt, or for purposes such as to undertake employment, it will be necessary to obtain a visa from an embassy of the destination in Israel.

Below you can find a complete list of visa-exempt countries for Israelis below.

Visa Not Required: Country list

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  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Central African Republic
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City

Entry Refused

In general, Israeli passport holders are not permitted entry to approximately 12 countries, the majority of which are Arabic territories and states.

By law, Israel currently prohibits its citizens from visiting Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iran without a special permit obtained from the Israeli Ministry of the Interior, as these nations are classified as “enemy countries”.

Israeli citizens who visit these countries without special permission, whether with a passport issued by Israel or a foreign passport, may face prosecution upon return to Israel.

Although Egypt and Jordan continue to be included on this list, both countries have signed a peace treaty with Israel and the Israeli Ministry of the Interior has since granted a general unlimited permit to visit these destinations.

Furthermore, Israel established diplomatic relations with the UAE and Bahrain in September 2020, and the peace agreement signed between the countries is expected to result in the travel ban on Israeli citizens visiting these destinations being lifted.

Additionally, the United States mediated an agreement between Sudan and Israel in October 2020 which requires Sudan to recognize the state of Israel and establishes full diplomatic relations between the 2 countries, so it may soon be possible for Israelis to visit Sudan as well.

Finally, citizens of Israel are currently prohibited entry to the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank Area A under an Israeli military order, with the exception of security personnel carrying out operations.

Find below a full list of countries to which entry is refused to Israeli passport holders.

Entry Refused: Country list

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  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Iran
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen

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