Israel Launches New Electronic Travel Authorization for Visitors from Visa-Exempt Countries

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Starting from June 1, 2024, the Israeli Population and Immigration Administration will launch the ETA-IL system, a new Electronic Travel Authorization process for visitors from visa-exempt countries. This initiative is crucial for business aviation operators to understand as it impacts travel logistics and compliance requirements.

Here’s what you need to know.


Advance Screening and Security and Immigration Control

The purpose of the ETA-IL system is to allow Israeli authorities to screen passengers before they board their flight, identifying any issues that might prevent entry into Israel.

This measure enhances Israeli national security and immigration control by ensuring that all visitors are pre-checked, reducing the risk of on-the-spot refusals at entry points.


Application Process and Timeline

Pilot Program Launch June 1, 2024, for U.S. & German Passport Holders

Starting June 1, 2024, the ETA-IL system will be available only to holders of American and German passports. During this pilot phase, applications will be voluntary and free of charge. You can check eligibility here.


Full Rollout

From July 1, 2024, the system will extend to visitors from all visa-exempt countries.


Duration and Validity

An approved ETA-IL authorization is valid for up to 90 days of stay in Israel.

The authorization remains valid for up to two years, or until the associated passport expires, whichever comes first.


Impact on Bizav Operations

Business aviation operators must ensure that all passengers from visa-exempt countries traveling to Israel have obtained an ETA-IL authorization before departure. This prevents potential delays and complications upon arrival.

If a passenger is flagged during the ETA-IL application process, they will be referred to the Israeli embassy in their country of residence.

Passengers obtaining a new passport or undergoing changes in personal information (name, gender, citizenship) must reapply for the ETA-IL authorization. Operators should track these details to avoid travel disruptions.


Service Fee

After the first pilot year, the ETA-IL service will incur a fee of approximately NIS 25.


Conclusion

Business aviation operators must integrate the ETA-IL system requirements into their operational procedures to ensure seamless travel to Israel. By staying informed about the application process, validity periods, and potential issues, operators can provide a smooth and compliant travel experience for their clients. This proactive approach will help maintain high service standards and avoid disruptions related to entry authorization.

A list of helpful FAQs is available here.


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