Visiting Israel will cost you £5 from 1 August

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Visiting Israel will cost you £5 from 1 August

The new rules, announced by the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority, will also mean having to register online before flying.

El Al plane is seen at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on December 31, 2022. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto)NO USE FRANCE
El Al plane is seen at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on December 31, 2022. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto)NO USE FRANCE

Visitors to Israel from visa-exempt countries including the UK will have to pay a £5 and apply for an electronic travel authorisation (ETA-IL) to enter Israel from the start of August.

New regulations, announced by the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority, state that those who are eligible will be able to travel to Israel and remain in Israel for up to 90 days.

The electronic travel authorisation will allow you to reach the border crossing into Israel, but it doesn’t necessarily grant you permission to enter Israel; the entry will be determined by a border control officer.

Visitors will not be able to board a plane to Israel without the ETA-IL. Starting 1 June, a pilot program will be launched for Germans and Americans to test the new system, in which they won’t need to pay any fees to enter Israel.

From 1 August, the system will open to visitors from all visa-exempt countries. The ETA-IL is valid for up to two years, “or until your current passport expires – whichever comes first,” according tot the Government Press Office.

“Journalists should note that the ETA-IL will not be necessary for B1 visa holders. It will, however, be necessary for their family members holding B2 visa. If you obtain a new passport or change your name or gender, you will be required to apply for a new travel authorisation,” the statement added.

Apply here for an ETA-IL (active from 1st July). Once your application is complete, you will be updated via the email you have entered. It is recommended to submit your application form at least 72 hours before your trip to Israel.

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