New Travel Requirement: ETA-IL for Visitors to Israel 2024.

Important Travel Update: Introducing the ETA-IL for Visitors to Israel

Starting in August 2024, travel regulations to Israel are changing. Visitors from visa-exempt countries will now need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization, known as ETA-IL, before entering the country.

What is ETA-IL?

ETA-IL is an Electronic Travel Authorization that allows travelers to enter and stay in Israel for up to 90 days per visit. This new requirement applies to all visitors from visa-exempt countries. Obtaining an ETA-IL is designed to be simpler and faster than traditional visa applications, making it easier for eligible travelers to plan their trips to Israel.

Key Points to Remember:

  1. Mandatory for All Travelers: All travelers to Israel must have a valid visa or ETA-IL approval before starting their journey. Israeli citizens or those with an Israeli identity number must not apply for an ETA-IL.
  2. Application Process: Travelers can submit their ETA-IL application at any time before their trip. However, applying at least 72 hours before booking flight tickets, hotel rooms, or other travel-related expenses is recommended.
  3. Validity: The ETA-IL is generally valid for multiple trips over a period of up to two years from the date of approval or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. This means you don’t need to reapply for each trip within this period.
  4. Extension: You must request an extension if you plan to stay in Israel for over 90 days.

ETA-IL Update for Visitors to Israel

ETA-IL update | 07/05/2024
Starting from June 1st, 2024, the ETA-IL system will open for application submissions as a pilot program only for holders of American and German passports. During the pilot phase, applying will be voluntary and exempt from fees. The system will open to other nationalities on July 1st, 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does it mean to have an ETA-IL authorization?
Having an ETA-IL means you can travel to Israel and stay for up to 90 days per visit.

When should I apply for ETA-IL?
Applications can be submitted at any time before travel, but it is recommended that they be submitted at least 72 hours before booking any travel-related expenses.

How long is my ETA-IL valid for?
Your ETA-IL is valid for multiple trips over two years from the approval date or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

How do I correct a mistake on my application?
If you need to correct a mistake on your ETA-IL application, refer to the guidelines provided on the application portal.

How do I know if my citizenship qualifies me to apply for an ETA-IL?
Citizens of eligible countries that do not require a B/2 visa for Israel must complete an ETA-IL form. Check the list of countries to see if you qualify.

Learn More

Visit the official Population and Immigration Authority website for more details on the ETA-IL and to apply. Stay informed about the latest travel requirements to ensure a smooth trip to Israel.

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