IMPACT – HIGH
What is the change? Contrary to recent media reports, Israel’s business visitor and work permit rules remain unchanged. Business visitors conducting limited activities, such as attending meetings, may travel to Israel on a visitor visa. Productive work activities require a work visa before entry, and short-term (less than 45 days) work authorization is available for visa-exempt nationals.
What does the change mean? Travelers should make sure their activities comply with their visa type. Business visitors in particular should be sure that their activities are limited to permitted nonproductive activities.
Background: Media reports in Israel have misleadingly stated that work visas are now required for all business visitors.
In fact, the existing regulations have not changed and allow or require the following:
BAL Analysis: Employers and business travelers are encouraged to contact their BAL professional before traveling to Israel to confirm they are in compliance with the type of visa and its terms and conditions.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Israel. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.
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