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Ensure a Smooth Journey to Israel with ETA-IL: Requirements & Application Guide

July 14, 2024 4 min read.

Planning a summer trip to Israel? Starting August 2024, travelers from visa-exempt countries must obtain a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA-IL) to enter Israel.

This guide provides comprehensive information on securing your ETA-IL and ensuring a hassle-free visit to Israel.

Understanding ETA-IL

ETA-IL, or Electronic Travel Authorization for Israel, is a new requirement designed to enhance security and streamline entry procedures for travelers from visa-exempt countries.

Similar to systems used in the US and Canada, ETA-IL allows Israeli authorities to pre-screen visitors, ensuring efficient and secure entry processes.

Why Choose ETA-IL?

Implemented by the Israeli government, ETA-IL aims to strengthen security measures while facilitating smoother arrivals for tourists.

By assessing travelers before their arrival, border control officers can expedite entry processes, reducing wait times and enhancing overall security protocols.

Who Needs ETA-IL?

ETA-IL is mandatory for nationals from 99 visa-exempt countries, including citizens of:

1. United States
2. Canada
3. EU member states
4. Most Latin American countries

For a complete list of eligible countries, visit the Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA) website.

How to Apply for ETA-IL

Before applying, ensure you are a citizen of a visa-exempt country eligible for an ETA-IL. Then:

  1. Visit the Official Website: Access israel-entry.piba.gov.il.
  2. Complete the Application Form: Fill out all required fields accurately and submit.
  3. Processing Time: Applications are typically processed within 24-72 hours.
  4. Fee Structure: The application is free until July 31, 2024. From August 1, a fee of 25 shekels (approximately $6.80 USD) applies.

ETA-IL Validity and Costs

ETA-IL allows multiple entries into Israel and remains valid for up to two years or until your passport expires.

Important Dates and Pilot Phase

Pilot Program Details

The ETA-IL pilot phase commenced on June 1, 2024, initially for US and German passport holders and expanded to all visa-exempt countries by July 1, 2024.

This voluntary phase allows travelers to familiarize themselves with the system before mandatory enforcement.

Mandatory ETA-IL Implementation

Starting August 1, 2024, ETA-IL becomes compulsory for all travelers from visa-exempt countries. Ensure you have your ETA-IL approval before boarding your flight to Israel.

Additional Information

Benefits of ETA-IL

  1. Security Enhancement: ETA-IL enhances border security by pre-screening travelers before arrival, ensuring a safer and smoother entry process.
  2. Efficiency: Expedited entry procedures reduce wait times at airports and border crossings, enhancing the overall travel experience.
  3. Flexibility: ETA-IL allows multiple entries into Israel during its validity period, accommodating frequent travelers.

Travel Tips

  1. Document Preparation: Print your ETA-IL approval for smoother entry, though it's not mandatory.
  2. Border Entry: While ETA-IL approval is required, final entry decisions rest with border control officers.
  3. Extensions: For stays exceeding 90 days, apply for an extension with Israeli immigration authorities.

You can check our Israel travel guide to learn more about this country's highlights and top attractions!

Traveling from Non-Eligible Countries

If you are traveling from a country that does not qualify for the ETA-IL and requires a visa to enter Israel, you must obtain a visa from an Israeli consulate before your departure.

It's essential to apply for this visa well in advance of your travel date to ensure there is sufficient time for processing.

Israeli consulates can provide specific guidance on the visa application process, required documents, and any additional requirements based on your nationality and travel purpose.

Traveling to Israel with ETA-IL: Conclusion

Embarking on a journey to Israel promises an enriching experience filled with historical wonders and cultural treasures.

To ensure a seamless trip, apply for your ETA-IL well in advance. For detailed information and to submit your application, visit the official Israel Population & Immigration Authority website.

For personalized travel assistance or further inquiries, contact Greca Travel. We're dedicated to making your journey to Israel memorable and stress-free!

How long is the ETA-IL valid?

ETA-IL remains valid for up to two years or until your passport expires, allowing multiple entries into Israel.

What if I make a mistake on my ETA-IL application?

Contact ETA-IL support immediately to rectify any errors and ensure a smooth entry process.

Am I eligible for ETA-IL?

To confirm eligibility and learn more about requirements, visit the Israel Population & Immigration Authority website.

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