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Travelers from the United States and Germany will soon have access to a more expedited admission process while visiting Israel.

Beginning June 1, tourists from both countries can apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA-IL). The new ETA-IL method is intended to “speed up online confirmations and allow for a simplified, stress-free, entry process through electronic check-in machines when visiting Israel,” according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Israel Ministry of Tourism.

tourists from all visa-exempt countries will be allowed to participate in the new pilot program beginning July 1, and the program will be officially implemented as the new entrance protocol for all incoming visa-exempt tourists on August 1. As of August, travelers from these countries must obtain a visa before departing for Israel.

Applying for a visa only takes a few minutes and involves completing online questions about one’s nationality and purpose of visit. The application platform determines if a tourist is eligible for a visa based on the answers he or she provides. To complete the application, you will need a valid email address, your travel information, and a valid passport.

Under the new scheme, authorized foreigners will be entitled to stay in Israel for up to 90 days. Visa approval is valid for up to two years, or until the visitor’s passport expires.

During the pilot phase, which runs from June 1 to July 31, visa application expenses will be waived. Beginning August 1, the application price will be $7. Travelers who want to apply for an ETA-IL visit can utilize this page.

In April, the United States State Department issued an updated travel recommendation for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. Americans should reconsider visiting the country, as well as the West Bank, because to terrorism and civil instability.

“The security situation remains unpredictable, and U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness as security incidents, including mortar and rocket fire, often take place without warning,” commented the State Department.


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