Travelling to Israel From the UK
Most travellers to Israel do not require a visa. However, the FCO recommends checking entry and exit requirements before travelling and having appropriate travel insurance cover in place.
Immigration officials can deny entry to people who have publicly called for a boycott of Israel or its settlements, or who belong to an organisation that has done so.
Visa-free entry for UK nationals
If you’re a UK citizen, you can travel to Israel visa-free. However, there are certain rules you must follow to avoid legal issues. For instance, you cannot engage in work-related activities during your trip. You must also have sufficient funds for your stay in Israel. In addition, you must carry a valid passport and return ticket.
When planning your trip, it’s important to consider the weather and Jewish holidays. These factors can affect your itinerary and the experience you have in the country. You may also want to check the local laws and health insurance coverage. You can find a lot of helpful information online.
Getting around in Israel is easy with an extensive road network. Buses and trains are available to most major destinations, including Jerusalem. A popular option is Bubble Dan, a shared transport system that reduces pollution and congestion. Ensure you bring light-weight clothing and an umbrella. You’ll also need a hat and sunglasses, as temperatures can reach over 30oC in summer. You should also pack wet wipes, a small roll of toilet paper, and hand sanitizer. It’s also a good idea to buy a Rav-Kav card to pay for public transportation. It can be topped up at the airport or tourist information centers.
Requirements for UK nationals entering the occupied West Bank
Israel’s security situation remains tense. There is the potential for violent clashes between Israeli settlers and Palestinians, as well as military operations that can affect travel. Travellers are advised to maintain a high level of security awareness and monitor local media for updates. It is important to avoid large crowds, demonstrations and areas that have been the site of recent violence.
Those travelling to the occupied West Bank must have proof of travel insurance and be aware that their entry may be subject to additional restrictions. Additionally, travellers are advised to carry their passport at all times and to not cross into the West Bank without a valid Israeli visa.
Under new rules, foreign-passport holders who wish to enter the West Bank must provide Israeli authorities with details of their first-degree relatives and people they plan to visit. In addition, if they hold a claim to land in the West Bank, they must declare it on their applications for entry.
While Israel is generally safe to visit, there is a heightened threat of terrorism in the country and its occupied territories. Those planning to travel to the occupied territory should be vigilant and exercise increased caution around Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah. This is due to the unpredictable security situation, the ongoing tension between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the potential for violent civil unrest (level 3 of 4).
Requirements for UK nationals transiting through Israel
Like citizens of most western countries, UK nationals do not need to obtain a visa in advance to enter Israel as tourists. However, they should be aware that if they enter Gaza or the West Bank they may face difficulties at Israeli checkpoints or in border areas due to security concerns. The best way to avoid such issues is by avoiding these areas and ensuring that they have a valid onward flight reservation.
In addition to having a confirmed onward flight, travellers should carry their passport and an entry card in order to prove their legal status while travelling through Israel. This card is a valuable piece of proof that you have been granted permission to visit the country. Immigration officials and designated authorities frequently ask to see it at border crossing points as well as upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport.
If you are a dual citizen of Iran, Iraq, Lebanon or Syria you should also check with your nearest Israeli Embassy to find out whether you need pre-approval to travel to Israel as a tourist. Similarly, if you are of Jewish origin and do not have Israeli citizenship through the Law of Return or family reunification laws you will need to apply for an A-1 visa.