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Entering Israel: Is Your Passport Ready?

Does your passport contain the information it needs to allow you entry into Israel? You might be surprised!


Entering Israel: Is Your Passport Ready?


Any traveller knows that a valid passport is required for entering (and exiting) a country. Many countries have their own particular rules about what constitutes a “valid passport”, and if other documents are needed.

To enter Israel, it’s imperative that you have an up-to-date passport. This means the passport needs to be valid for a minimum of six months from the date when they enter the country. If you enter Israel on July 1, your passport needs to be valid until January 1.

If you have intentions to visit other Arabic countries, it’s important that you avoid having the Israeli stamp on your passport – this can result in you being denied access into those countries.


There are special considerations for people who are visiting without nationality, and for diplomatic visitors. A UNLP (United Nations Laissex-Passer) is required, along with a visa for the country in which it was issued. When you arrive at the immigration desk, ask for form 17L before offering your passport. Fill in all the details and answer the officer’s questions honestly and with courtesy. The officer can deny access to you at his/her own discretion.

Once you enter Israel, you are permitted to remain for 3 months to the date of arrival. During this time, you are not allowed to work for the purpose of attaining pay unless you hold a visa provided by the Ministry of the Interior.


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