What do we know about Israel, the Biblical Holy Land? Perhaps not much, but the mouth-watering cuisines of hummus and falafel in this country are known at even the deepest corners of the world. You would be glad to know that on an Israel visa, you can do more than just taste authentic Israeli food.
When someone from a different nationality is willing to travel to Israel for whatever reason, a visa for Israel is issued in the name of the respective person. There are various kinds of activities that can be done on this permit. It allows the holder to visit the country for leisure and tourism, to visit friends and family, do business in the country, pursue education and much more. There are different kinds of visas based on certain aspects. The validity of the visa will differ accordingly as well. You must also note that a visa will not guarantee you an entry into the country. If the Border Control officers find an issue with your visa or with yourself, you may not be allowed to cross the border to enter Israel.
In order to get a visa for Israel, you will have to apply offline to the Israel Visa Application Centre (VAC). Although, before carrying on with the process, you need to check the eligibility criteria for the same, this is how you will know whether you are eligible for the permit or not. The Israel visa process is given as follows:
After the submission of the documents, the processing will begin. Your documents will be verified by the VAC officials. If there are any missing documents, you will be informed accordingly. You can submit the documents and the application form personally, through a representative or through a visa agency. Although, there are other documents that are to be submitted in case you are not submitting the form yourself.
At the time of filling out the form, you need to make sure that you are providing the correct information and details. If any information is found to be false and is untraceable, there are chances that your Israel visa application may get rejected. Such a visa rejection can affect your future applications for permits to not just Israel but other countries as well.
There are different types of visa for Israel categorised based on the purpose of the visit, length of stay permitted and other factors. The types of Israel visa are given as follows:
There are different kinds of requirements based on the type of visa. Some of the common documents are listed as follows:
The fees to get an Israel visa for Indians is paid at the time of submitting the application form and the supporting documents. The fee may vary depending on several factors such as the type of permit, whether the permit is single-entry or multiple-entry, the purpose of the visit, service fee and other charges. It can also vary as per the exchange rate of the currency at the time of application.
|Multiple entry Normal||B2||1 month||3 months||4110.0|
|Multiple entry Normal||B1||1 month||3 months||4110.0|
|Multiple entry Normal||A2||1 month||3 months||4110.0|
In order to check the status of your Israel visa online, you will have to visit the official website of the Israel Visa Application Centre. You can check the status for your visa by entering the required details. There is an alternative offline method as well. You can contact the VAC for the visa status through email, or calling on the contact number provided.
To get the visa issued, you will have to apply by filling out the application form on the online portal of Israel VAC. You will need to have all the requirements and the documents must be verifiable. At times, the process may seem complicated and the formalities involved can seem difficult to be carried out on your own. In such cases, professional visa consultation can be considered from the visa agencies. This will allow you to have your documents handled professionally and the procedure may even be quicker than the normal process. This way, the chances of visa rejection also get nullified.
To extend your visa, you need to have a legitimate reason. If you are in Israel and you need an extension then, you can apply to one of the Regional Population Administration offices of the Ministry of the Interior. You will have to pay the required fee after which your request will be processed and you will be granted with the extension. There are certain other requirements as well that are to be fulfilled.
A medical test is a health examination performed by an authorized doctor to ensure that the applicant does not possess any kind of contagious diseases. These do not just include HIV/AIDS, but also other contagious diseases that can spread. However, this medical test is not necessarily required for all kinds of visa. These are mandated for the long term visas and may not be compulsory for all types of short term visas. You will, however, be required to obtain medical insurance.
The amount that is required in your savings bank account is not specified clearly by the Israeli Embassy. There may be requirements as per the type of your visa and whether the visa is a long term or a short term visa. You may need to confirm this information once you know what kind of visa you require. The requirements may change based on several factors.
This depends on the processing time of the visa. In the case of short term visas, you can apply at least 30 to 90 days prior to the intended date of travel. The processing time varies from 2 to 5 working days but may go up to 20 days or more in certain cases as well. However, since the long term visas like the resident, work or student visa take longer to process, it is feasible to apply a few months before the intended travel.