When traveling to Israel, your nationality and the types of activities you will conduct during your trip will determine whether you may travel lawfully as a business visitor or if you must obtain work authorization. Please seek advice from your immigration counsel if you are uncertain about the specific types of activities that constitute business or work.
As a business visitor to Israel, you may engage in the activities below. While this list is not exhaustive and other activities could qualify as business, you may:
Nationals of Australia, Canada, the United States and other select countries are eligible for a visa waiver and are not required to obtain a visa in order to enter and conduct business activities in Israel.
Foreign nationals who are not eligible to enter Israel on visa-waivered status must obtain a B-2 Visitor Visa from an Israeli Consulate or Embassy prior to travel. Please obtain an individual assessment before traveling to determine your eligibility for a visa waiver.
The activities below, whether paid or unpaid, generally constitute work under Israeli law. This list is not exhaustive, and many other professional activities are considered work in Israel, even if conducted for a short duration.
The requirements for work authorization depend on your qualifications, on the nature and duration of your work and on the industry in which the entity in Israel operates. The most common types of work authorization for Israel are:
Israel does not offer work authorization exemptions.
Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection, as well as visa waiver and work authorization eligibility, entail the careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.