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Russians will have to obtain an electronic permit to visit Israel from August 1

Starting from August 1, Russian tourists will have to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to enter Israel. This was officially announced by the press service of the Ministry of Tourism of the Jewish State on Tuesday.

The department emphasized that the innovation should not be perceived as a visa. The visa-free agreement between the countries is still in effect. In turn, the ETA is designed to simplify border control.

In June, the system will be launched in a pilot format and will apply only to citizens of Germany and the United States. From July, Russians will also be able to try the test format, and from August it will become mandatory. A tourist will not be allowed into the country without a pre-issued electronic document.

You can apply for an ETA on a special website. To do this, you will need: a foreign passport with a validity period of at least 6 months (from the date of departure from Israel), round-trip tickets, medical insurance, as well as an itinerary sheet in which you must indicate where and how long the tourist plans to stay.

Review of the application will take up to 72 hours. In this case, its validity will be 2 years or until the passport expires. The cost of an electronic permit will be 25 shekels (approximately 613 rubles) per person, including children (parents submit an application for them). To pay, you will need a foreign bank card.

However, there are questions about the ETA submission procedure itself. According to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, a passenger will be able to pass through the border control counter by scanning the permit using an electronic terminal. However, the website of the country’s Population and Migration Department indicates that the tourist will still have to communicate with border guards, who may refuse entry even if they have the necessary documents.

Source: Tourdom

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