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Israel Passport, Visas, Customs and Departure Information

Mar 18, 2013   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Israel Passport, Visas, Customs

and Departure Information

THE FOLOWING INFORMATION IS ISSUED BY THE ISRAEL MINISTRY OF TOURISM – MARCH 2013

Passport Control

Upon arrival in Israel, visitors undergo a security check and are requested to present a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of their departure.  Arrival by Air and Land Crossings – Incoming travelers continue to the passenger luggage area after their passports have been inspected. Carts are at their disposal. From there, they continue to customs control and to the airport exit.

The Population and Immigration Authority together with the Israel Airport Authority are currently engaging in major changes at Ben Gurion Airport which should promise smooth entrance into the country for tourists as well as citizens. Until recently, tourists wishing not to have their passports stamped can request from the border control to have their tourist visa stamped on “Form 17 AL” instead of their passport.  While the concept of form 17 AL was intitated to alleviate various problems, its application only proved to form new ones.  It became apparent to all that new and modern technological systems were necessary to meet the needs of the immigration and border control, security agencies, airport authorities as well as tourism authorities.  With this in mind,  the authorities developed the “Electronic Gate Pass”  as a technological solution.  With the press of a button, the card is printed at the Border Control station and includes the principle details of the traveler as in the first page of the passport.  Such details are picture, full name, date of entrance and type of visa.

 

The Gate Pass card opens the Gate to the area for luggage pickup without further delays and allows for departure from the Crossing.  The tourist will be asked to keep the card at hand at all times.

 

Passports and Visas

All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they are departing the country. People with no nationality must hold a valid laissez passer, as well as a visa back to the country that issued it.


Tourist Visas

Many countries have a Visa Waiver Program with Israel which allows their citizens to visit Israel without a visa arranged in advance.  Before embarking on a trip, visitors desiring to stop in Israel for an extended visit or on their way to other destinations must check if they need a prearranged tourist visa.  The list of countries specifies from which countries tourists are required to present a prearranged visa.  All Visa Waiver Program travelers must present a machine-readable passport at the port of entry in order to enter Israel without a prearranged visa; otherwise a visa is required.  This applies to tourists arriving with a passage card from countries with a Waiver Program who nonetheless require a prearranged visa.

 

More detailed information can be found in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website  www.mfa.gov.il

regarding  a detailed list from which countries a prearranged visa is necessary.  Please note that tourists are in column of Nationals while Service refers to Diplomats on official service.

 

http://www.mfa.gov.il/NR/rdonlyres/05664082-4C0C-4C2E-A593-C9D0C0B20C2A/0/VisaRequirements.pdf

 

Visitors are entitled to remain in Israel up to three months from the date of their arrival, in accordance with the conditions of the visa issued to them. Visitors intending to work in Israel must submit a request to the Ministry of the Interior for a special visa.

 

Important note for tourists continuing from Israel on to Arab countries (except Egypt and Jordan): It is recommended that you request that an Israeli stamp does not appear on your passport. You must notify the clerk of your request before your documents are stamped.  The Electronic Gate Pass should alleviate such issues but nonetheless, we recommend such notification to the clerk.
As of July 3, 2008, an official decision has been made that will no longer require entry stamps on foreign passports. In such cases, you must fill out form 17L including your personal details, and that form shall be stamped by passport control upon entry/exit.  The form 17L will not be collected upon exit as it is necessary for the collection of tax refunds and proof of legal entry.

 

Extension of Your Stay

Your visa can be extended (fee required) at the Ministry of the Interior office closest to you, please call their call center at:  1 700 55 1111.

Tourists can fill out the form from the website in advance:

http://www.piba.gov.il/Subject/VisaAndPosition/Documents/HaarachatRishayon.pdf

and forward the form to the closest Population and Immigration office.
Customs
There is a two-lane customs transit system, one green and the other red, at Ben Gurion Airport and the various Crossing Points.

Visitors who do not have goods to be declared may go through the green lane at the exit from the passenger arrival hall. Articles that do not need to be declared:

  • Personal clothing, shoes and cosmetics – in quantities that can usually be carried in the traveler’s hand baggage.
  • Alcoholic beverages – up to one liter for hard liquor and up to two liters for wine, per person aged 18 and over.
  • Tobacco of all types – up to 250 grams per person aged 18 and over.
  • Presents and other commodities – items other than alcoholic beverages, alcoholic perfumes, tobacco,  and television sets, costing up to $200 per person two years of age or older, as determined by the clerk at the entrance terminal, according  to lists in his possession.
  • Food – up to a total weight of three kilograms, on condition that the weight of each type of food does not exceed one kilogram.
  • Additional items such as cameras, binoculars, personal jewelry, musical instruments, camping or sports equipment, bicycle and other like articles.

 

Visitors with goods for which a deposit must be paid that will be returned to them when they leave Israel must go through the red lane. Visitors with items not appearing in the list of duty free items or in the list of taxable items must also go through the red lane and declare them. In case of doubt, the tax authorities recommend going through the red lane. Failure to declare taxable items represents an offense, for which the traveler must pay an administrative fine, be prosecuted or have the goods confiscated.

 

It is forbidden to import the following items into Israel without a license issued in advance: plants, firearms, raw meat, raw materials, counterfeit currency or documents, knife or penknife not intended for professional use, etc.

 

It is permitted to import vehicles for personal use. Visitors are also allowed to purchase a tax-exempt vehicle in Israel, on condition that they undertake to take it out of Israel upon leaving the country, and this no later than one year from the date of the tax exemption or its purchase. In order to receive a tax exemption, a foreign license and an insurance policy that are valid in Israel must be presented.

 

Address: Department of Customs, 5 Bank of Israel Street, The Government Complex, Jerusalem.

 

Telephone – 972-2-6664000

 

 

Leaving Israel

Security Check   

Passengers must arrive at the airport three hours before departure time.

Passengers arriving at the airport must first undergo a security check  before approaching the counter of the airline they are flying. Passengers and their luggage are inspected by airport personnel with modern security equipment.  They will then check in their luggage and receive a boarding pass and seat number.
Passport control

After the security check in the departure hall, passengers continue to passport control.  They must present their passport and airline ticket.

 

Tips for Passengers

 

  • Opening hours for the different Gateways vary seasonally. In addition, they vary between the different Gateways.
  • Ensure the value of goods purchased at the duty free shop up is up to the amount permitted by Customs Regulations (the Regulations appear on the signboard at the Terminal).
  • Should any problem arise during the crossing process, you may request the assistance of the Duty Manager.
  • Comply with the instructions of the ushers and the broadcasts over the public address system at the terminal
  • Ensure that you comply with all the regulations of the Ministry of Agriculture (appearing on signboards at the Terminal) and refrain from bringing in contraband goods such as: Food, animals, plants etc.).

 

Passage fee certificates:

 

Enclosed are the new directives from the Israel Airport Authority to the travelling public departing Israel from any of the Land Gateways:  Jordan River, Allenby, Yitzhak Rabin or Taba.

 

Travellers going abroad from Israel to Jordan or Egypt must according to the ordinances of the Israel Airport Authority from 1994, pay a Passage Fee to the Israel Airports Authority.

 

The fee is adjusted annually and is from 1/1/2013 until 31/12/2013.

  • The Passage Fee from the following Gateways is 100 NIS:  Jordan River Gateway, Taba Gateway and Yitzhak Rabin Gateway.
  • The Passage Fee at Allenby Gateway is 173 NIS.
  • Palestinians pay the Passage Fee of 152 NIS at the Palestinian offices in Jericho.
  • VIP  pay a Passage Fee of 20 NIS only at Yitzhak Rabin Gateway.
  • Jordanians holding  an Israeli work permit pay a daily fee of 9 NIS only at Yitzhak Rabin Gateway.

 

The Passage fee can be purchased in the following manner:

  1. At all Postal Bank offices with no additional commission.  The payment can be made in cash or Bank-Checks only.
  2. At the operating stations at the Gateways for a commission of five NIS.
  3. Within the next few months an online form of payment will be announced with no commission charges.  Additional information is forthcoming.

 

 

Please note:  while the Passenger Fee voucher is limited to 100 passengers only, it is possible to request multiple acquisitions with one Bank Check.  Tourism officials must explain to the clerk the breakup according to units of 100 passengers or less .

 

Recommendations for Group Leaders

  • In exceptional cases, requests for late group passage can be forwarded to the various Gateway Directors.  Please note, because such approval must be coordinated between both sides, requests should be forwarded as much in advance as possible.
  • Groups must arrive at the Gateway at least one hour prior to closing.

Recommendations for Individual Travelers

  • Check the validity of your passport – it must be valid for at least 6 months.
  • You may pay the exit Passage Fee at the bank at the Terminal or at some Post office Bank branches.
  • Ensure that your driving license is valid and that your vehicle is not attached or under lien (For those departing in private vehicles).
  • For passengers in private vehicles, it is recommended to return to Israel early – around noontime in order to alleviate unexpected delays or security inquiries.

Visiting Israel through Israel’s Land Gateways

Tourists can obtain a 3 months visa at the Crossings, with the exception of the citizens of countries from which Israel requires the issuing of the visa in advance.

 

Tourists traveling from Jordan can attain information at the Israel Embassy in Jordan,   Tel:  962 6696511.

Tourists traveling from Egypt can attain information at the Israel Embassy in Egypt: 202 3610528/545.

Information for Passengers with Special Needs                     

 

The border terminals were planned to be accessible to passengers with Special Needs , taking into consideration and providing solutions for the unique needs of assisted travelers, so as to enable them to receive services in person and independently.

As part of the service, passengers may apply to the terminal’s personnel for assistance and help in advance.  Passage through the terminal, both on departure and on arrival, is uncomplicated, accessible to the disabled and unimpeded in all directions.  Special parking places have been marked for the disabled in the parking lots. These are near the terminal building and easily accessible.

Wheelchairs may be obtained free of charge in the terminal. The wheelchairs remain at the disposal of those who need them until they leave the terminal.  Public toilets in the terminal are accessible and adapted to wheelchairs.

Within the framework of improving services to all those passing through the terminals, the Airports Authority has completed a process of checking the accessibility to persons with disabilities at the border terminals. The check was carried out by a professional company specializing in the field of accessibility. Terminal personnel will be happy to help and assist in solving any problem that may arise.

 

Below are the Land Gateways’ Hours of Operation and Present Rates as of 1/1/2013

להלן סיכום התעריפים ושעות הפתיחה במעברים נוסעים בלבד החל מ- 1/1/2013:

מעברים

 

 

GATEWAYS

           מס נמל

AUTHORIZED GATEWAYS TAX ‘NIS’ RATES

שעות פתיחה

 

 

OPENING HOURS

טלפון

 

 

PHONE NUMBERS

טאבה

TABA

100 ₪  NIS

פתוח 24/7 – סגור רק ביום

כיפור ובחג הקורבן

Open 24/7 year round Closed on Yom Kippur and the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice

08  6360999

רבין

 

RABIN

100 ₪  NIS

א’-ה’ פתוח מ- 06:30 עד 19:00 ; 

ו’ וש’ פתוח מ- 08:00 עד 19:00; סגור ביום כיפור וראש השנה המוסלמית

Open S-Th from 06:30 until 20:00; Open Friday and Saturday from 08:00 until 20:00; 

Closed on Yom Kippur and the Moslem New Year

08 6300555

אלנבי

 

Allenby

173 ₪  NIS

עבור תיירים וישראלים בעלי וויזה;

 NIS152₪ לפלסטינאים בלבד;

152 ₪  NIS

FOR PALESTINIANS; ISRAELIS AND TOURISTS PAY 173 NIS.

חובה להגיע לפני סגירת המסוף ולפי הפירוט הבא:

א’-ה’ פתוח מ- 08:00 עד 22:00

ו’ וש’ פתוח מ- 08:00 עד 13:00

סגור רק ביום כיפור ובחג קורבן;

Open S- Th from 08:00 until 22:00;  Friday and Saturday from 08:00 until 13:00;

Closed on Yom Kippur and the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice

02 5482600

נהר הירדן

Jordan River

100 ₪ NIS

א’-ה’ פתוח מ- 06:30 עד 20:00

ו’ וש’ פתוח מ- 08:00 עד 19:00

סגור ביום כיפור וראש השנה המוסלמית;

Open S-Th from 06:30 until 21:00;

Open Friday and Saturday from 08:00 until 20:00; Closed on Yom Kippur and the Moslem New Year

04 6093400

 

לתשומת לבכם:  חובה להגיע למעברי גבול לפחות שעה לפני סגירה. 

Please note: It is required to arrive at the Gateways at least one hour before closing. 

 


 

 

ISRAEL LAND GATEWAYS

 

 

 

 

 

BORDER WITH EGYPT:

 

  Taba Terminal

 

 

 

BORDERS WITH JORDAN:

 

   Yitzhak Rabin Terminal-(also called Arava-

    Aqaba Gateway)

 

   Allenby Terminal– (also called King Hussein

    Gateway) – For tourists, Israelis holding a valid visa for Jordan from the Embassy and Palestinians.

 

   Jordan River Terminal – (also called also Sheik

    Hussein Gateway)

 

 

 

 


TABA CROSSING – Israel’s Gateway to Egypt

 

Terminal Information

 

The Taba Terminal serves as a border crossing between Israel and Egypt for Israeli citizens and foreign tourists, with the exception of Palestinians.

The Terminal is situated at the foot of a steep mountain on one side and on the other side is a coastal strip, which is a proclaimed nature reserve.

The geographical location of the Terminal limits the terminal to a narrow strip of land only45 meterswide and200 meterslong.

Close to 1 million passengers per year and about 7,000 vehicles pass through this location.

 

Please note:                                                                                     

    Taba Terminal

  1. 1.      Tourists wishing to enter Cairo must attain a visa from the consulate in Eilat in advance.  Visa to the Sinai Peninsula only, is available at the border.

 

  1. 2.      Tourists wishing to enter with a vehicle must produce “Carne de Passage” from their country of origin.  Israelis may acquire at the Memsi Auto Club.

 

  1. Passage in a rented vehicle – to the Taba area only

 

Rates for those crossing by vehicle- on the Israeli and Egyptian sides are subject to change!

 

Essential telephone numbers and hours of operation

 

Terminal switchboard 08-6360999
Terminal fax 08-6373024
Taba Terminal customs 08-6372108
Border Police 08-6370192
MEMSI – The Automobile and Touring Club of Israel office 08-6340502
Taba Taxi 08-6333339
King Solomon Taxi 08-6332426
Shachamon Taxi 08-6315455
Israeli Embassy in Egypt 00 20 2 – 3610528/545
Egyptian Embassy in Israel 03-5464151, Fax: 03-5441615
Egyptian Consulate in Eilat 08-6376882


Hours of Operation

 

The Terminal is open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round, with the exception of Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement) and the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice, when the Terminal is closed.  It is advisable to follow announcements in the media or call the terminal in order to find out the exact hours of operation during other holidays and holiday eve.

 

 

Transportation To and From the Gateway

 

It is possible to arrive at the Gateway in the following ways:

  • By taxi from Eilat
  • Egged bus no. 15 departs hourly from the Eilat Central Bus Station
  • Tourist buses

 

 

PASSAGE FEES RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

 

All persons crossing into Egypt must purchase a passage fee certificate before leaving Israel.

There is also an inbound passenger passage fee at the Egyptian border.

 

On the Israeli side, the following services are available for a fee:

  1. Translation of vehicle license – (It is recommended to do this at one of the MEMSI (Israel Automobile Club) branches throughout the country).
  2. Issuing an international driver’s license.
  3. Comprehensive insurance valid for 3 months in the Sinai area.

 

For additional assistance, please feel free to call: Mr. Avi Kendlekar, Director of the Israel Ministry of Tourism Eilat Office 08 6309111 or 050 6214114.

 


 

YITZHAK RABIN TERMINAL

 

Terminal Information

 

The Yitzhak Rabin Terminal is the southernmost border crossing between Israel and Jordan, and is located about3 km. north of the town of Eilat.

 

Formerly known as the Arava Terminal, it serves as a border crossing between Israel and Jordan for Israelis and foreign tourists only.

 

The Terminal serves also as a Freight Terminal through which goods are conveyed between Israel and Jordan.

 

The majority of outbound passengers pass through the Terminal in groups going on one-day trips to Petra, generally from hotels in Eilat.  Travel is customarily for organized groups as well as individual travelers.

 

Essential telephone numbers and hours of operation

 

Terminal management 08-6300555
Terminal fax 08-6336844
Yitzhak Rabin Terminal customs 08-6300400
Border Control 08-6336753
Foreign Corps Liaison Unit 08-6302425
Jordanian Embassy in Israel 03-7517722
Israeli Embassy in Jordan 00962-655524680

 

Hours of operation of the Terminal:

For your attention: It is required to arrive at Gateways at least one hour before closing. 

Sunday to Thursday – 06:30 – 19:00

Friday and Saturday – 08:00 – 19:00

On Yom Kippur (The Jewish Day of Atonement) and on the Muslim New Year – the Terminal is closed.  .  It is advisable to follow announcements in the media or call the terminal in order to find out the exact hours of operation during other holidays and holiday eve.


Transport to and from the Terminal

 

The Terminal can be reached by taxi, shared service taxi from Eilat, or by private vehicle.  Travelers by car can continue to Jordan by car or park the vehicle in the parking lot adjacent to the Terminal.

 

RATES AND PASSAGE FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

 

All persons crossing into Jordan must purchase a passage fee certificate before leaving Israel.

 

Obtaining a visa at the Jordanian Terminal:

 

At the Yitzhak Rabin Terminal, any passenger, Israeli or foreign, can obtain a visa for two weeks at the Jordanian Terminal, with the exception of the citizens of countries from which Jordan requires issuing the visa in advance.  The visa can be extended beyond the two weeks, at any police station in Jordan, up to a period of three months.  A multi entry visa may be purchased at the Jordanian Embassy for a period of three to six months, with no limitation on the number of entries into Jordan.

For details: The Jordanian Embassy in Israel, Tel. 03- 7517722. 

 

Departing for Jordan by private vehicle

 

All payments applicable to passengers without a vehicle are also applicable to passengers in a vehicle, in addition to the following payments:

  1. Translation of the vehicle license by Change Place Co.
  2. International Driver’s License (not issued at the Terminal).
  3. Taxes and stamps in Jordan.
  4. Changing license plates in Jordan.
  5. Third party insurance in Jordan (depending on engine capacity).

Please note: Prices may change from time to time.

For additional assistance, please feel free to call: Mr. Avi Kendlekar, Director of the Israel Ministry of Tourism Eilat Office 08 6309111 or 050 6214114.


ALLENBY BRIDGE TERMINAL – Israel’s Central Gateway

 

Terminal Information

 

The Allenby Terminal serves as a border crossing between Israel and Jordan and between the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.

The populations entitled to pass through the Terminal: Palestinians and tourists.

The Terminal also contains a freight wing, which serves for the transit of goods between Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, and between Jordan and Israel.

The Oslo Accords of 1994 defining the understandings with the Palestinian Authority as well as the signing of the peace agreements with Jordan designated that the Israel Airport Authority would operate the Allenby Bridge Terminal. Palestinians traveling abroad use this bridge to exit the Palestinian Authority region into Jordan and then use the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman to fly abroad.

The West Bank side of the bridge is considered a border entry point by Israel. The Jordanian authorities recognize the bridge as an international border entry point, but in contrast to other border crossings with Israel, do not grant entry visas to foreign passport holders at this crossing.

Israelis are permitted to cross at this Gateway provided they hold a valid tourist visa from the Jordanian Embassy stating that it is valid at the Allenby Bridge. Tourists who wish to travel to Jordan must be in possession of a visa for Jordan in advance. Those who leave Jordan via the Allenby Bridge may return by showing the exit visa.

 

 

Recommendation for users of the Terminal

 

  • To those crossing by vehicle – for your information, on the Jordanian side you will have to purchase third party insurance. It is possible to purchase complementary insurance in Israel (this can be done at the bank branch at the Terminal).
  • It is prohibited to cross over to Jordan with a motorcycle.
  • Taxis and rented vehicles are not permitted to cross between the two countries.

 

 


Essential telephone numbers and hours of operation:

 

Position Office Tel. No. Fax
Terminal management (02) 548-2600 (02) 994-3289
Ministry of the Interior (02) 940-9187 (02) 940-9207
Customs management (02) 940-6555 (02) 994-4359
Police (02) 940-7444 (02) 940-7440
Liaison and Coordination

Administration(02) 994-3375(02) 994-3394Foreign Forces Liaison Unit(02) 940-5475 Agriculture(02) 994-3492 Post Office9947301 – 029947301- 02Kiosk9400137- 02 Laufer VIP Service – JHA02-940904102-9409041

 

 

Hours of Operation of the Terminal

 

The Terminal is open for business at the times stated below, 7 days a week, all year round, with the exception of Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement) and the first day of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, when the Palestinian Wing is closed.  It is advisable to follow announcements in the media or call the terminal in order to find out the exact hours of operation during other holidays and holiday eve.

 

 

For your attention: It is required to arrive at Allenby Gateway during the following hours: Sunday to Thursday from 08:00 – 22:00

Friday and Saturday– 08:00 – 13:00

 

 

Transportation To and From the Airport

 

Travelers at the terminal can use the following travel options:

  • Special fare taxis to anywhere in Israel.
  • Taxi service to East Jerusalem.
  • Taxis from anywhere in the country.
  • Bus number 961 from Kiryat Shmona and from Jerusalem.

 

The bus stop is on Road number 90, next to the upper entrance gate to the Terminal. From this gate, entrance is by taxi only.  Upon leaving the terminal, passengers can take a taxi as far as the upper gate, and from there catch the bus to Jerusalem or north to Tiberius.

JORDAN RIVER BORDER TERMINAL

 

Terminal Information

 

The Jordan River Terminal is the northernmost border crossing over the Jordan River.  The Terminal is in the vicinity of the town of Beit She’an.

The Terminal is situated at an important strategic point: Close to Haifa, to the Port, to the center of Israel and to the center of Jordan, a fact that greatly eases transit in both directions and the conveyance of freight between the two countries.

 

The Jordan River Terminal serves as a border crossing between Israel and Jordan for Israeli citizens and foreign tourists, with the exception of Palestinians.

 

The Terminal serves also as a freight terminal through which goods pass from Israel to Jordan and vice versa.

 

Essential telephone numbers and hours of operation

 

Terminal switchboard (04) 6093400
Terminal fax: (04) 6586421
Customs (04) 6480018
Border Police: (04) 648 (04) 6481103
MEMSI (Israel Automobile Club): (04) 6068705
Taxi: (04) 6585834
Israel Embassy in Jordan: 009626696511
Jordanian Embassy in Israel: (03)7517722

 

The office hours of the above entities are to the same as the hours of operation of the terminal.

 

Hours of Operation of the Passenger Terminal:

Sunday to Thursday: 06:30 – 20:00 (*)

Friday and Saturday: 08:00 – 19:00

(*) For your attention: It is required to arrive at the Israeli/Jordanian Border at least one hour before closing.

 

The terminal operates throughout the year, with the exception of Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement) and the Muslim New Year – Id el Hijra.  It is advisable to follow announcements in the media or call the terminal in order to find out the exact hours of operation during other holidays and holiday eve.

 


Transport to and from the Terminal

 

The Terminal can be reached by the following means:

  • Taxis
  • Private vehicles – it is possible to cross over to Jordan with the vehicle or to park it at the parking lot adjacent to the Terminal – for a fee.

 

 

Rates

 

Passage Fees:  Rates are subject to change!

 

 

Additional Fees

 

  • Bus ticket from the Jordanian terminal to the Israeli terminal,
  • Bus ticket from the Israeli terminal to the Jordanian terminal,
  • Visa on the Jordanian side for all tourists.

 

 

For those departing by vehicle

 

  • Changing license plates on the Jordanian side + insurance for 1 week on the Jordanian side.
  • Changing license plates on the Jordanian side + insurance for 1 month on the Jordanian side.
  • Insurance on the Israeli side.

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