IMPORTANT: IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT YOU MEET ALL PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS.
FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN YOUR NOT BEING ALLOWED TO BOARD THE FLIGHT, OR ENTER ISRAEL.
General Visa and Passport Information
- As is the case with many other countries, Israeli customs and immigration laws require that you have a valid passport, and that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date to your country of origin.
For information on applying for a U.S. passport, go to the passport section of the U.S. State Department's website. We strongly encourage you to pay the additional fee for an expedited passport.
- US and Canadian Citizens do not require a visa to enter Israel, only a valid passport.
Other passport holders should contact the nearest Israeli Diplomatic Mission as soon as possible to verify whether or not a visitor's visa is needed. A complete list of Israeli diplomatic missions abroad may be found on the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.
The Israeli embassy or consulate may require a letter confirming that you are, in fact, participating in a trip organised by Israel Experts and Birthright Israel in order to issue a visa. If that is the case, we will gladly prepare said letter and send it to you or the Israeli diplomatic mission of your choice.
Applicants born in Israel, born outside Israel to at least one Israeli parent, or lived in Israel for an extended time are citizens according to Israeli citizenship law!
As a citizen of the State of Israel, border laws require that you enter and leave Israel using an Israeli passport however you MUST bring your other passport with you for your return into North America or Brazil. (Israeli citizenship, once acquired, is permanent, independent of the place of residence, and may only be given up through a formal request and administrative procedure.)
If you do not currently have an Israeli passport - you must apply for one by contacting the nearest Israeli diplomatic consulate. A complete list of Israeli diplomatic consulates and embassies abroad may be found on the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.
Military Service - As military service is compulsory for both men and women in Israel, you MUST obtain military service deferment or exemption papers before your departure at your nearest consulate. Failure to do so will create legal issues for you to leave Israel after the trip ends and potentially lead to a draft.
If the above information is unclear or if you have any further questions, please contact us as soon as possible at +1800-218-9851 or email email@example.com.
Disclaimer: All of the information above was exact and valid at the time it was posted on the website and will be updated if and when we are made aware of changes. However, visa and passport requirements can change at any time and your nearest Israeli consulate or embassy is therefore the best source for the most updated information on this matter.