July 10, 2024

Israel to introduce new Electronic Travel Authorization System


Israel is set to introduce a new Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA-IL) system for visa-exempt nationals commencing the 1st August 2024. This change aims to enhance national security by adding an additional screening step for travellers before they arrive at the border.


What has changed?

Starting from the 1st August 2024, all foreign nationals currently eligible for a visa exemption to Israel will be required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA-IL) through an online portal before traveling. This applies to short-term visits for tourism, business, and other non-work/non-medical purposes. While the go live date for the ETA-IL requirement is 1st August 2024, the application system will be available from 1st July 2024.

Who is affected?

  • All visa-exempt foreign nationals planning short-term visits to Israel for tourism, business, or other non-work/non-medical purposes.
  • Individuals applying for B-2 business or tourist visas.

What to expect /impact?

  • The introduction of the ETA-IL will add an additional step in the travel process for visa-exempt nationals. Please also note the following conditions:

    • ETA-IL approvals will allow multiple entries and are valid for up to two years or until the passport's expiration, whichever is sooner.
    • Approval does not guarantee entry; border officials still have the discretion to deny entry.
    • Denied applications will require contacting the information centre for review and correction.

What you need to do

Applicants must submit an ETA-IL application online at least 72 hours prior to entering Israel. At present the application fee of NIS 25 application fee is being waived during the pilot period until the end of July 2024. Travellers should keep an eye out for any updates regarding potential delays in the implementation of the ETA system.

For further information on these changes, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at immigration@sterlinglexicon.com.


Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over fifteen years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends, and currently serves as a member of the Worldwide ERC (WERC) Immigration Advisory Council.

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