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Visa to Palestine

Visa to Palestine

People always want to know if a visa is needed to visit Palestine, and, if so, what one needs to do in order to get a visa. They also want to know for how long a visa is valid.

The Israeli government and its authorities are responsible for providing you with a visa either upon your arrival (the Palestinian Authority is not responsible as it does not control the state borders of Israel), or through its embassies/consulates prior to your visit.

Visas are routinely granted upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv) if you are a citizen of an exempted country, or at the Allenby-King Hussein Bridge border crossing; Hamas controls the border in Gaza with Egypt. Tourist visas are valid for 90 days; most Americans and Europeans are issued three-month visas upon arrival and clearing customs.

If your home country does not have an exemption agreement with Israel, you will have to procure a visa from the Israeli embassy/consulate at home before you visit. Because many Arab countries do not accept Israeli stamps upon passports, Israel now issues their visa on a separate small card with bar code indicating the visa time validity. Please keep this visa card WITH your passport at all times.

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At this website you may check to see whether or not your native country participates in a visa exemption agreement: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Documents/VisaRequirements-Tourists.pdf

You can watch this short video for more information: