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Israel Launches Electronic Travel Authorization for Visa-Exempt Countries

(Courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism) Beginning with a pilot phase on June 1, travelers from the United States and Germany can apply for the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA-IL), which will speed up online confirmations and allow for a simplified, stress-free entry process through electronic check-in machines when visiting Israel. Travelers from all visa-exempt countries will be able to take advantage of the pilot program starting July 1, and on August 1, 2024 it will officially be instituted as the new entry protocol for all incoming travelers from visa-exempt countries.

Once approved, travelers will be able to stay in Israel for up to 90 days, with the approval remaining valid for up to two years, or until their passport expires. During the pilot phase between June 1 through July 31, the application fee will be waived. Beginning on August 1, the application fee will be approximately $7 USD. Applications for the ETA-IL can be made at israel-entry.piba.gov.il/.

“As a tech-forward county, streamlining the entry process with the new online ETA-IL application is a natural progression, and will allow for smoother arrivals and more time for travelers to enjoy all Israel has to offer,” said Eyal Carlin, Commissioner of Tourism to North America, Israel Ministry of Tourism. “While we are currently in a challenging time, we encourage those with an interest in visiting the country to take note of the new entry process as they continue their travel planning.”

For more information about Israel’s tourism offerings, visit israel.travel.

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