Israel Visas & Consulates
There is no direct entry to Jerusalem internationally; rather, one enters by plane to Israel via Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv Airport) or Ovda Airport (Eilat Airport), on land via Egypt or Jordan, or via ship at Eilat, Haifa, or Ashdod.
Below we detail some information for you to plan your border entries and exits for Israel. We’ve also included information on the consulates for further assistance.
Passports and Visas
To enter Israel it is necessary to have a passport valid for at least six months from the date in which you plan to leave Israel.
Depending on your passport, you might need a visa for Israel issued before you travel. Therefore, you must verify whether you need a visa before departure from your originating country. Citizens from many countries will receive a free tourist entry visa valid for three months. Even if your travel agent suggests you do or do not need a visa, it’s best to verify by checking the Israel Interior Ministry list for the most updated information.
Whatever your type of visa, its duration may be extended for a fee at one of the offices of the Ministry of Interior in Israel. Visitor, student, clergy, or work visas can usually be extended for a certain number of times, or by exiting and re-entering the country.
It is important to keep in mind that an Israeli visa or stamp on your passport may limit your ability to travel to some Arab countries. For this reason, at the entrance to Israel you can request that the visa is stamped into a separate sheet of paper attached to your passport.
If you plan to visit the Palestinian territories, remember that you will have to cross a few checkpoints and border crossings. It is therefore advisable to bring your passport.
Ministry of Interior
Opening hours: Sun, Tues & Thurs: 8:00 – 4:00; Mon & Wed: 8:00 – 6:00 Fri/Sat: Closed
Foreign Consulates in Jerusalem
If you need assistance from your home country, or would like to enter into another foreign country, you can access its consulate.
While most countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv, many maintain fully functional consulates in Jerusalem.
Below are some consulates’ contact information for those with offices in Jerusalem.
Address: 18 Agron Rd
Address: 1 Vitron St, Industrial Zone Atolot
Address: Technology Park, Manahat Building 1
Address: 5 Biber St, Sheikh Jarrah
Address: 19 Nashashibi St, Sheikh Jarrah
Address: Shaarei Ha’ir Building, 216 Yafo Rd, 5th floor
Address: 27 29 November Rd, Apt. 4
Address: 1 Agudat Sport Hapo’el Rd, Technological Gardens, Building 1, Entrance Gimmel
Address: Sha’arei Ha’ir, 216 Yafo Rd, 5th floor
Consulate of Finland
Address: 19 King David St
Address: 5 Rue Paul Emile Botta Rd
Address: 31 Rachel Immenu Rd
Consulate of Guyana
Address: Ein-Karem B-200, 95744
Phone: 00972 2 5618966 Fax 00972 2 5618944
Address: 16 Katamon, Kaf Tet Benovember St
Consulate of Nicaragua
Address: 3 Eliel Dros St
Consulate of San Marino
Address: 49 Aeshel St
Address: 53 Ramban St
Address: 58 Nablus Rd, Sheikh Jarrah
Address: 20 Nashashibi St, Sheikh Jarrah