Upon arrival in Israel, visitors undergo a security check and are requested to present
a passport that is valid for at least six months, as well as entry forms with their
It is important to ascertain that the details are filled out accurately, and to keep
a copy of the form in order to present it upon departure from Israel.
Visitors arriving by air will receive forms to be filled in the course of their flight;
visitors arriving at the borderline passes on the Israel-Egypt or Israel-Jordan border
will receive forms at the passage.
Tourists continuing from Israel on to Arab countries (except Egypt and Jordan), please
note: You can request that your passport not be stamped with an Israeli stamp. You
must notify the clerk of your request before your documents are stamped. The granting
of such requests is at the discretion of the authorities.
After passports have been stamped, incoming travelers continue to the passenger luggage
area, where carts are at their disposal. From there, they continue to customs control
and to the airport exit
There is a two-lane customs transit system, one green and the other red, at Ben Gurion
Airport and at the Rafah (Rafi'ach) Crossing Point. At the remaining airports and
passes, travelers must submit a declaration to the customs officer as to whether
they have items that do not appear in the list of duty free items or whether the
quantities they have exceed the exempt quantities.
Visitors who do not have goods to be declared may go through the green lane at the
exit from the passenger arrival hall. Articles that do not need to be declared:
Personal clothing, shoes and cosmetics - in quantities that can usually be carried
in the traveler’s hand baggage.
Alcoholic beverages - up to one liter for hard liquor and up to two liters for wine,
per person aged 17 and over.
Tobacco of all types - up to 250 grams per person aged 17 and over.
Presents and other commodities - items other than alcoholic beverages, alcoholic
perfumes, tobacco, and television sets, costing up to $200, as determined by the
clerk at the entrance terminal, according to lists in his possession.
Food - up to a total weight of three kilograms, on condition that the weight of each
type of food does not exceed one kilogram.
Additional items - typewriter, stills camera and movie camera (not including video
camera), radio, tape recorder, pair of binoculars, personal jewelry, musical instruments,
gramophone, pram, camping or sports equipment, bicycle and other like articles.
Visitors with goods for which a deposit must be paid that will be returned to them
when they leave Israel must go through the red lane. Visitors with items not appearing
in the list of duty free items or in the list of taxable items must also go through
the red lane and declare them. In case of doubt, the tax authorities recommend going
through the red lane. Failure to declare taxable items represents an offense, for
which the traveler must pay an administrative fine, be prosecuted or have the goods
It is forbidden to import the following items into Israel without a license issued
in advance: plants, firearms, raw meat, raw materials, counterfeit currency or documents,
knife or penknife not intended for professional use, etc.
It is permitted to import vehicles for personal use. Visitors are also allowed to
purchase a tax-exempt vehicle in Israel, on condition that they undertake to take
it out of Israel upon leaving the country, and this no later than one year from the
date of the tax exemption or its purchase. In order to receive a tax exemption, a
foreign license and an insurance policy that are valid in Israel must be presented