Germans Required to Apply for Travel Authorisation to Visit Israel as of June 1

From June 1, 2024, German nationals will need electronic travel authorisation (ETA-IL) in order to enter Israel.

ETA-IL, equal to the EU’s upcoming European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), has been projected to facilitate the entry process to the Asian country, SchengenNews reports.

The pilot phase, beginning next month, will only be applied to citizens of Germany and the United States in order to test the system before becoming mandatory. During this phase, there will be no fees charged and the submission of an application will be voluntary.

Starting from July 1, 2024, Jerusalem’s ETA-IL system will be opened for holders of other countries’ passports, while from August 1, 2024, the authorisation will be compulsory for all visitors from countries included in Israel’s visa-exemption list.

The decision comes as part of changes in travel rules announced previously by Israeli authorities.

ETA-IL Is Similar to EU’s ETIAS System

Similar to the EU’s upcoming ETIAS, Israel’s new travel authorisation system allows travellers to stay in this country for up to 90 days, and it is issued for short stays only.

While ETIAS is set to be valid for three years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first, the ETA-IL is valid for up to two years.

Unlike Israel which announced the implementation of ETA-IL in February 2024, for June 2024, the launching of EU’s ETIAS has been postponed several times, with the Council saying that the ETIAS will become operational in spring 2025.

The cost of ETA-IL will be 25 ILS (~$7 USD/ ~$10 CAD). However, this fee is not applied during the pilot phase respectively for German citizens during the next month.

Before applying, applicants should be informed if they are part of Israel’s visa-exemption list, thus being eligible for ETA-IL. The application process can be done at any time before travel; however, it is recommended to be submitted at least 72 hours before making travel arrangements.

In order to apply, applicants are required to load the online application form, fill out the form with detailed personal information and wait for a response which takes 24-72 hours.

Germany Part of Israel’s Exemption List

Since Germany is part of the European Union, the country is part of Israel’s visa-exemption countries list.

In addition to the EU countries, other European countries that do not belong to the bloc are also part of Israel’s visa-exemption list, including Albania, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, and the United Kingdom, among other

It means that nationals from these countries are not required to apply for a visa before heading to Israel, however, from August, they are required to apply for ETA-IL authorisation at first.