Israel Travel Information
In connection with the outbreak of coronavirus
(covid-19), Israeli authorities have decided that only
foreign nationals with a residence permit in Israel will
be able to enter the country. The decision is valid from
March 18. See more in the section on health further down
in the article.
Travelers in Israel and Palestine should familiarize
themselves with the Foreign Travel Advisory Board, which
is regularly evaluated. It should be noted that the
situation in the area is unstable and the security
situation can change rapidly.
The level of security has been raised in Israel, both
in the areas near the Gaza Strip and at Golan. Travelers
are encouraged to exercise caution in the border areas
against Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.
In the past year, there have been a significant
number of rocket attacks in the area
bordering the Gaza Strip, but also in central parts of
Israel. Rocket attacks have also occurred in the border
areas at Golan Heights and toward Egypt. All travelers
are encouraged to follow the news, listen to advice and
directions from local authorities and seek cover in safe
rooms if you hear a siren.
See also travel information for Palestine for the
situation in the West Bank and Gaza.
- Countryaah: Jerusalem is the capital
of Israel. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
There have also been both planned and spontaneous
demonstrations and clashes in several places between
Palestinians and Israeli security forces. If
demonstrations and violent clashes erupt, travelers
should leave the place immediately. Where opportunities
to leave the area are limited, shops or restaurants can
be used as temporary shelters. In Jerusalem, special
caution should be exercised in the area around the Old
City, where there has been a clash between Palestinians
and Israeli police and security forces.
The websites of the Israeli Civil Defense (The Home
Front Command) contain detailed, security-related
In recent years, terrorist attacks
have hit places where larger groups gather and tourists
travel, such as shopping malls, cafes, restaurants,
nightclubs, buses and bus stations. There have been
several knife attacks on the street and on buses in
Israeli cities that have hit random passers-by. New
attacks cannot be ruled out. Travelers are therefore
requested to take reasonable precautions and exercise
special care at such gathering places. Travelers are
advised to exercise general caution, take normal
precautions and stay away from demonstrations and larger
Under normal conditions most journeys take place
without problems. Crime is relatively low in both Israel
and Palestine. Still, it is important to look after
valuables such as money, passports, jewelry and photo
Remember to take out travel insurance before
embarking on travel.
Travelers to Israel and Palestine are encouraged to
register at reiseregistrering.no. This will make it
easier for Norwegian authorities to contact Norwegians
in the area in the event of a crisis.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens receive a free tourist visa (B2)
for a period of up to three months upon entry into
Israel. Therefore, no advance visa is required.
Questions about work permits, student visas etc. must be
addressed to the Israeli Embassy in Oslo or the Ministry
of the Interior in Jerusalem. An application can be made
for a visa to be renewed at the Ministry of the
Israel requires a passport to be valid for a minimum
of six months after the scheduled departure date.
Travelers with one-way ticket may be rejected by the
airline or by Israeli immigration authorities.
Passports are no longer stamped upon entry into
Israel. Upon arrival, you will receive a Border Control
Entry Permit (a paper the size of a credit card),
printed B2 (tourist visa), arrival date, expiry date and
personal details. This card serves as proof of legal
entry and residence in the country and should be
carefully watched. Especially for travelers crossing in
and out of the West Bank, loss of cards can create
problems. A new card is not issued, but you can contact
the Ministry of the Interior to request a printout.
Tourists must, among other things, present a valid
tourist visa to avoid VAT on hotel, car rental etc.
When entering and leaving, travelers must expect
questions from Israeli immigration authorities and
security personnel about their stay in Israel. If you
have a stamp in the passport from the country of Israel,
you do not have diplomatic relations with, this can lead
to more thorough questioning. This is especially true of
countries such as Iran, Syria and Lebanon. If you have
any kind of confirmation or documentation of what you
have done in these countries, such as study or job, you
may want to bring this with you. People born in an Arab
country, believed to be Arabs or Muslims, have a Middle
Eastern background or been involved in activist or
missionary activities, are often subjected to thorough
interrogation on entry and exit. Checking of sheets and
backgrounds is sometimes carried out.
The embassy encourages all travelers to remain calm
and answer questions from security personnel truthfully.
Attempting to oppose security checks or refusing to
respond to interrogation could result in being denied
entry. This is therefore not advisable.
It seems that travelers are rejected for security
reasons without giving any further explanation.
Travelers who are denied entry at Ben Gurion Airport
will be placed in custody before normally returning with
the first departure with the same airline. However, this
can take a while, and the conditions in which one is
kept are perceived by most as miserable.
In March 2017, Knesset passed an addendum to the
Entry Law, which opens, among other things, to prevent
entry into Israel and Palestine for persons considered
to be active in the boycott (BDS) movement. In January
2018, Israeli authorities published a list of
organizations whose leaders and leading activists could
be denied entry into Israel because of support for the
BDS movement. A Norwegian organization is on this list.
Persons who have previously been denied entry, have
remained in Israel for longer than the duration of the
visa or have otherwise violated the conditions of stay
during previous visits, may be denied entry again. These
should contact the Israeli Embassy in Oslo before
attempting to travel to Israel again. When
leaving, all luggage is checked and sometimes
checked manually. Electronic equipment, e.g. cameras and
laptops, can be checked thoroughly and the contents can
be reviewed by security personnel. It seems that
travelers are asked to enter passwords for laptops, and
equipment and assets have been confiscated. From
experience, travelers who have visited Palestine have
been subjected to more detailed interrogations by
Israeli security personnel.
Travelers who are held back by Israeli security
personnel upon entry or exit to/from Israel or at
checkpoints, in addition to what one must expect in
accordance with normal security check routines, are
advised to contact the Tel Aviv Embassy at +972 (0) 3740
Israeli authorities control entry to Palestine. There
have been cases where travelers through the Allenby
Bridge have been labeled "Palestinian Authority only" in
the passport, which makes it impossible to enter
Jerusalem and Israel
Israeli authorities have not released information on
the policies and procedures applicable to travelers to
Palestine, including for staff of international
organizations, students and volunteers. Norwegians who
plan longer study or work stays in Palestine are advised
to contact the Representation Office at an early date.
Travelers who have been allowed to enter Israel can,
when the security situation permits, move relatively
freely in the West Bank. For more information see travel
information about Palestine here.
Israeli authorities regard Norwegian citizens who
also hold or claim Israeli citizenship as Israeli
citizens, subject to Israeli law. Norwegian citizens
with Israeli citizenship must therefore travel in and
out of Israel on their Israeli passport. For example, a
child born in Norway with an Israeli parent would be
considered an Israeli citizen. Contact the Israeli
Ministry of the Interior or the Israeli Embassy in Oslo
for more information.
Palestinians registered in the Palestinian registry
(the population registry) do not, according to Israeli
authorities, be allowed to enter Israel without a
special permit ("permit"). This applies to anyone who is
registered in the personal register regardless of
whether they live in or outside Palestine or have
citizenship in Norway or other countries. Israeli
authorities state that persons registered in the
Palestinian Personal Register will not be able to enter
Israel via Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv or over Erez
from Gaza. It is further stated that these must enter
the West Bank from Jordan through the Allenby Bridge
crossing. These rules apply regardless of citizenship
and travel documents from other countries. The rules
make some exceptions for special travel purposes.
Israeli authorities may require persons registered in
the Palestinian Register to travel on Palestinian IDs.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of cases where
Norwegian citizens without Palestinian IDs have been
denied entry and exit when they have only had a
For further information or questions about the rules
of entry, the Israeli Embassy in Oslo should be
contacted. Information on customs regulations
is available from the Israeli customs (in the
menu on the left, under the information guides, there is
a guide for tourists).
- Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV)
- Haifa Airport (HFA)
- Ramon International Airport (ETM)
Travel from Israel to neighboring countries
Israel has peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan,
and it is possible to travel to
Israel from these countries. It is not possible to cross
the border from Syria or
Lebanon to Israel. See travel information for these
countries via this link.
International border crossings - Jordan
- Yitzhak Rabin Terminal/Wadi al-'Arabah
Terminalin the south (near Eilat)
- Sheikh Hussein Bridge/Jordan River Bridgein the
North (near Beit Shean)
- Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Bridge
When leaving Israel through the Allenby Bridge, a
Jordanian visa must be obtained in advance. The other
border crossings issue visas on the spot. Private cars
cannot cross Allenby, but must cross the north or south
border crossings. Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Bridge is
the only border crossing that can be used by people of
Palestinian origin. This border crossing cannot be used
by Israeli citizens. See the border crossing website for
up - to-date information on procedures, opening hours
and departure fees.
International border crossings In connection with the
outbreak of coronavirus, the Israeli authorities have
decided on March 18 that only foreign nationals with a
residence permit will be able to enter the country. For
resident Norwegian citizens with a residence permit, the
home quarantine is required in a private home (not a
hotel or similar). Israeli authorities have also put in
place measures that restrict traffic in the public
space, and one should limit trips out of the home to the
essentials. Israeli police will enforce all quarantine
regulations and restrictions on forsamlinger.ganger -
- Taba Border Crossingbetween Taba and Eilat. Read
about special rules for crossing Taba by car here.
Coronavirus (covid-19): In
connection with the outbreak of coronavirus, on March
18, Israeli authorities decided that only foreign
nationals with a residence permit could enter the
country. For resident Norwegian citizens with a
residence permit, the home quarantine is required in a
private home (not a hotel or similar). Israeli
authorities have also put in place measures that
restrict traffic in the public space, and one should
limit trips out of the home to the essentials. Israeli
police will enforce all quarantine regulations and
restrictions on assemblies.
All travelers are asked to follow information and
directions from the Israeli authorities, or contact the
Israeli Embassy in Oslo. The measures are temporary, and
the Israeli authorities can change these at short
notice. For information related to covid-19 in
Palestine, see travel information for Palestine.
There have been outbreaks of measles in Israel, most
recently an outbreak that started in 2018. The health
authorities have initiated vaccination measures. Read
more about travel advice and the disease in the
infection guide's chapter on measles.
Vaccination is recommended before traveling to
countries with outbreaks of polio. The World Health
Organization (WHO) has declared that polio virus is a
threat to international public health. The reason is the
increase in the number of polio (poliomyelitis) cases in
several continents last year. Polio is a disease that
can be eradicated with vaccine because the virus is only
found in humans.
To prevent the spread of polio , Norwegian health
authorities provide travel advice on polio vaccination
before stays in several countries, and especially when
staying for more than four weeks.
Before departure one must also have documentation on
vaccination. It is conceivable that some countries will
conduct such documentation and require new vaccination
if documentation on the International Vaccination Card
(WHO) is missing. Health personnel can order the card
from the publication page of the Institute of Public
The WHO believes that the situation in these
countries poses a risk of exporting and spreading polio
internationally: Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria. Countries
with less local polio outbreaks such as Afghanistan,
Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Nigeria are
also advised to follow WHO's vaccination advice.
See more health related information for travelers on
the World Health Organization (WHO) website.
Hospitals in Israel generally maintain a high
standard. The price level of health services is higher
than in Norway. Hospitals will demand payment for
treatment and may take legal action to prevent leaving
until the bill is paid. It is therefore recommended to
have insurance taken before departure.
The hospitals in Palestine are of varying standards,
but in most cases it will soon be possible to go to an
Travelers can find information on emergency services
and 24-hour pharmacies in Israel in the English-language
newspaper Jerusalem Post and the English edition of
The sanitary conditions are generally very good in
Israel. Eating salads usually does not cause any
problems. Tap water can be drunk, but quality can vary.
Israel has a warm and sunny climate and it is
important to use sunscreen with a sufficiently high sun
factor to protect the skin. It is also important to
drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
The current in Israel is at 220 volts. There are good
connections for GSM mobile phones throughout Israel
The most common western credit and debit cards can be
used in restaurants, shops etc. throughout Israel and
also for withdrawing local currency from ATMs. In some
ATMs you may experience problems with withdrawing cash.
In banking systems, Israel is categorized as Asia and
those who have a regional barrier to Asia must therefore
remember to remove it in order to withdraw cash. Credit
cards are available in the largest Palestinian cities in
the West Bank, but otherwise it is recommended to bring
cash. Please note that taxis in Israel do not generally
accept credit cards as a means of payment.
During the Sabbath from Friday afternoon to Saturday
afternoon, some restaurants and shops in Israel are
closed, and public transport is limited. Friday is the
holiday of Muslims, and most Palestinian stores close
early or are closed all day.
The dates of the national holidays vary on both
Israeli and Palestinian side. The most important Jewish
holidays in the spring are Pesach, Independence Day and
Jewish Pentecost. In the autumn, the most important
holidays are Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur and Succot.
Ramadan is the Moslem fasting period of 30 days which
concludes with ´¨©d al-fitr, the largest public holiday
in the Muslim calendar.
The default time zone for Israel is GMT +2. In the
summer, Daylight saving time is introduced and the time
zone is GMT +3. Israel is therefore usually one hour
ahead of Norway.
Emergency telephone numbers in Israel: Police 100,
Ambulance 101, Fire: 102