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New rules for tourists

The rules for entering Israel


Israeli Ministry of Interior

The Population and Immigration Authority


In the coming months: the Population and Immigration Authority will launch the ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) system for tourists coming from countries that are exempt from approval.

During extensive and integrated services, and following the announcement of the launch of the electronic visa (E-visa), the Population and Immigration Authority is expected to launch the ETA system, which is intended to examine entry requests for tourists coming from visa-exempt countries.

The move will help the authorities to get information about the passengers even before they board the plane and if an issue arises preventing a passenger from entering Israel, the passenger will be referred to the Israeli embassy in his country of residence.

This move has several purposes: Security, immigration and services, and it will prevent heartache for passengers who will land at the border and be refused entry.

Today, the ETA system exists in countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia and is expected to expand to other countries as well.

In the first phase, a pilot program will be conducted with the US and another country, from which lessons will be drawn, and if it is necessary to make the system precise, it will be done so.

In addition, a dedicated service hotline will be established for passengers who encounter difficulties or who want to request information can contact.

Later, at the end of the pilot program, the electronic visa program will be extended to all the countries with which there is a visa exemption agreement.

After the first trial year during which the service will be provided free of charge, the cost of the service will be approximately NIS 25.


The CEO of the Authority, Mr. Eyal Siso stated,  “This is an integrated and broad move, which will completely change the face of the service provided to foreign tourists, even before they arrive in Israel. It will also strengthen security aspects and prevent the entry of illegal entities into Israel.

The change will be manifested utilizing advanced technology, which saves the traveler who wishes to visit Israel time and heartache.”


Tzvi Szajnbrum was born in Brazil in 1957 and made Aliya (immigrated) to Israel in 1977. He is a licensed Attorney & Notary and professional mediator.

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