Israeli visas for South Africans visiting Israel

Israeli visas for South Africans visiting Israel
Israeli visas for South Africans visiting Israel

Intergate, in conjunction with SATravelbug, offers a bespoke Israeli visa service that provides advice, compilation of the application, submission and return.

What is an Israeli visa?

An Israeli visa is a permission, in the form of a stamp, that allows tourist and business people to enter and stay in Israel. This stamp is called a visa.

Not all nationalities require a visa as Israel has in place agreements with 65 countries where no visa is required and entrance is allowed on the production of a valid passport. The following countries are exempt from obtaining a visa:

  • Africa: Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland
  • Asia: Japan, Georgia, Mongolia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan.
  • Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain (England, the UK), Greece, Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands (Holland), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Republic of Slovak, Ukraine
  • Pacific: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Micronesia, New Zealand, Republic of Palau, Tonga Vanuatu
  • The Americas: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Uruguay, U.S.A.

For what purposes can I obtain an Israeli Visa?

Israel offer 2 different types of Visa which can be applied for (please note none of these allow you to undertake work)

Tourist visa – The tourist visa is for the purposes of leisure travel. If your visit to Israel is for a duel purpose and contains any element of business or official duties a business visa must be applied for.

Business visa – This visa is necessary if you intend to conduct business or commercial activities. The business visa does not allow you to receive any remuneration in Israel.

How do I apply for my visa?

An Israeli Visa is applied for at the Embassy or Consulate of Israel or visa application centre.

Please note that applications for an Israeli Visa must be made prior to travelling.

Do I have to go in person to submit my Israel visa application?

Intergate, in conjunction with SATravelbug, can arrange the submission of your visa application on your behalf. Please note this is may alter as more and more embassies are require the visa applicant to submit in person.

Do I have pick up the visa in person?

Intergate, in conjunction with SATravelbug, can pick your visa application on your behalf. Please note this is may alter as more and more embassies are require the visa applicant to submit in person.

How long will it take?

In general a visa application takes about 2 – 4 weeks but it should be remembered that timing and acceptance or rejection is at the discretion of the Israel consulate or embassy. It is always good advice to apply well in advance.

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