In 2016 the EU announced a new travel authorization system which, similar to the US ESTA and other electronic visa systems around the world, will help speed up and secure the influx of tourism and immigration into Europe.
Following security and health threats, the European Parliament and European Commission decided to implement this new European visa proposal as a method of controlling these new threats and limiting their negative effects on the population of Europe. ETIAS: the European Travel Information and Authorisation System was born as a key element in this initiative to improve security of EU citizens and will affect all Israeli citizens who choose to travel to Europe from 2020.
ETIAS Requirements for Israelites
In order to apply for an ETIAS to enter Europe from Israel, travelers will need certain documents and information to complete the transaction and obtain their fully approved ETIAS travel authorization. The ETIAS requirements for Israeli citizens are quite simple but it is necessary for all Israelites to have the following before applying for an ETIAS:
- Valid Israeli passport
- Credit or debit card
- Valid email address
When applying for ETIAS, travelers need a passport with a validity extending 3 months beyond their stay, a credit or debit card to make the 5€ ETIAS fee payment online and an email address to receive the approved ETIAS visa for Israelites before traveling.
The EU ETIAS travel authorization will give Israeli travelers access to Europe for a total of 90 days in any 180-day period. If anyone wishes to remain in the European zone for more than 90 days, they will have to apply for a Schengen visa, which is an official Europe visa for Israeli citizens to prolong their stay in the EU.
How can Israelites apply for ETIAS?
An ETIAS visa for Israelis will be easily available for all those eligible via an online platform from 2020. Israeli citizens wishing to travel to the European Schengen zone will be required to fill out an online ETIAS application form which will ask for basic contact details, information from the applicant’s passport and security questions regarding health and travel.
The information provided in order to obtain the Europe visa for Israelis will be simple and not extensive. Anyone will be able to apply online within 10 minutes and receive their approved ETIAS visa by email shortly after.
If any Israeli citizen is denied an ETIAS after completing their online application, they will be given the chance to appeal to the country that made the decision and those details and steps to follow will be sent to the email address of the applicant.
Visiting Europe with ETIAS from Israel
From 2020, it will be obligatory for all citizens traveling to Europe from Israel to apply online and receive the approved ETIAS visa before leaving their country of origin. Without the European visa for Israelis, travelers may be denied boarding on their chosen form of transport as air, land and sea carriers will be held responsible for transporting those who do not hold a valid EU visa.
The Europe visa for Israel citizens is valid for 5 years and allows approved ETIAS holders entry into any of the Schengen zone countries within this period for trips of up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
The ETIAS for Israelis permits travelers to enter as many times as necessary within these 5 years while still respecting the other conditions such as length of stay because the ETIAS European Travel Authorization is a multiple-entry visa with no limit.
Finally, when traveling with ETIAS to Europe, Israeli citizens must bear in mind the various restrictions on carrying certain amounts of currency, tobacco and alcohol to and from the EU countries in the ETIAS zone.