The European Commission announced a travel authorization system in 2016 that resembles the US electronic travel system and other similar visa waivers systems globally. Once the system is operational, it will facilitate tourist influx in the EU, secure the borders and the immigration process.

The purpose of the ETIAS visa waiver system is to improve the travel experience for its international visitors and strengthen the borders between the Schengen Member states. It will benefit the country residents as well the visitors. All travelers coming through the Schengen borders will have to pass through screening to be eligible to enter the state.

The European travel authorization system will launch by the beginning of 2022 but will come into effect by the end of the same year. Once implemented, all the Israeli residents must have an ETIAS to have access to any European country. With an ETIAS visa waiver, the Israeli can travel and stay for up to 90 days for business, tourism, or transit purposes.

The ETIAS, however, is not a visa. It is a travel authorization system with a virtual application process. Visitors can apply for the ETIAS through the online portal, which takes a maximum of 10 minutes to complete. This system saves the time and hassle of visiting the Embassy and stand in long lines for the application process. The ETIAS visa waiver is accessible anywhere with the only requirement of Wi-Fi and a smartphone or laptop.

What are the requirements of an ETIAS application for an Israeli citizen?

For the application of the ETIAS visa waiver, Israeli citizens should have certain documents at hand. The online application is easy and hassle-free and will take no more than 10 minutes to fill out the form and submit.

Israeli tourists must meet the following criteria for the application of the ETIAS.

  • An Israeli passport that is valid for a total of 3 months from the planned period of stay.
  • A debit or credit card to pay for the ETIAS processing charges -Applicants below 18 do not need to pay any such fee.
  •  A valid email address for receiving notifications about the ETIAS application process and the visa acceptance or denial - In the event of application rejection, the applicants will receive information regarding an appeal for the rejected application and the further process.

The ETIAS allows the Israeli visitors to stay and move within the Schengen Member states for up to 90 days during a 180-day period.

However, if any tourist wants to prolong his/her travel beyond the stated 90-day duration, he/she should apply for a Schengen visa or any other visa to extend his/her journey. It may be a student, employment, or a resident visa.

What are the requirements for an ETIAS application for an Israeli citizen?

The ETIAS travel authorization for Israel will launch by the beginning of next year. However, the system will take full effect only at the end of the same year. By then, Israeli visitors wishing to travel to European countries can apply for ETIAS via an online application by providing key-info on biodata, contact details, and passport information.

Besides, the applicant has to answer a few questions about health issues and few safety concerns. The applicant should also provide additional travel details, such as the visit purpose, the date of arrival and the country, and the length of the stay.

The online application is easy and will take a few minutes to complete. It will be a hassle-free experience for applicants, as it takes only a few minutes to complete and submit. It also saves time and energy to go to the Consulate to submit an application and can be accessed on any device with a Wi-Fi connection. At this step, the Israeli applicants should recheck all the entered information in case of errors, as it may further cause problems and delays in processing the application. Providing incorrect or misleading facts could also result in the rejection of the ETIAS visa waiver.

After submission, the applicant must pay a minimum processing fee of EUR-7.00. However, visitors under 18 years of age do not have to pay the fees. Following this procedure, the applicant's profiles will be immediately screened against security databases such as Interpol and Europol.

The processing is fast, and most of the applications will receive a response within 24 hours. However, an application that raises red flags may be processed further for data verification, and that can take up to 3 business days or longer.

Therefore, requesting an ETIAS visa waiver at least three business days prior to scheduled departure is the safest course of action.If an application is denied for aforementioned reasons, the applicant still has a chance at the ETIAS visa waiver. The applicant will receive an email related to the cause of denial and further steps to appeal the decision and all the necessary information in this regard.

The Israeli applicants will receive the ETIAS visa approvals through their email address. Once received, the applicant is advised to have a printout or a copy of the ETIAS and keep it with himself during travel to present it at border checks upon arrival in the Schengen region.

All visitors coming to the Schengen region have to pass through this process, it would allow immigration officials to pre-screen passengers, detect possible threats and deny them entry into Europe.

They would check the details obtained directly through multiple networks, including Interpol, SIS, Europol and Eurodac.

The ETIAS visa waiver application is expected to have an approval rate of about 95 per cent. For 5% of the denied applicants, they will have the right to appeal the decision at the Embassy of the Schengen Member State in which they wish to enter.

How can I travel from Israel to Europe on ETIAS visa waiver?

The EU Commission expects the ETIAS travel authorization to come into full effect by the end of 2022. After this, all international visitors, including the Israelis, have to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver before departing their homeland.

If a passenger doesn’t have a visa waiver when boarding his flight, there is a risk that he will not be able to take the flight to his destination. This rule will be the same for all modes of transport, including travel by land or sea. In order to minimize this possibility, travelers should apply for ETIAS at least 72 hours in advance of their departure.

The ETIAS visa waiver for Israeli citizens is valid for a 3-year duration or until the individual's passport expires, whichever happens first. In the event that the passport expiry date arrives before the expiry date of the ETIAS, the visa waiver will automatically be null and void.

The applicant's passport automatically links to this authorized ETIAS visa waiver, thus cannot be transferred to another one. Therefore, if his passport expired, he will have to register for a new ETIAS with a newly issued passport number.

Israeli nationals holding a valid ETIAS visa waiver can spend 90 days in a row in the Schengen area over a span of 180 days. If the stated time has expired, they must fly back home, or to some other third world country, without traveling through any Schengen Member State. However, after three months, they may re-enter Europe.

The ETIAS visa waiver is multi-entry with validity lasting three years. In this period, Israeli travelers can enter as many times in compliance with the ETIAS requirements of the duration of stay.

In case a visitor overstays his trip after the specified time frame. They may face severe fines, revocation of the ETIAS visa waiver, and even deportation.

Moreover, while traveling to European countries on the ETIAS visa waiver, all visitors, including the Israelis, should be mindful of the various restrictions on the entry of some quantities of cash, nicotine, and liquor into and from EU countries in the Schengen region.

What travel visa can I apply to visit Europe as an Israeli citizen?

Israel has an agreement with the Schengen Member States that permits Israeli travelers to remain in the Schengen region without a visa within 90 days of their stay. During this period, they can come multiple times for tourism, transit, or business.

This would enable Israeli travelers to enter Europe until December 2022, only by presenting their current passport with no additional documents. However, after the ETIAS has been introduced, they can carry their passport along with the approved ETIAS visa waiver in order to obtain entry to any of the European countries. Applicants applying for an Israeli ETIAS visa waiver should have the following documents at their disposal to complete the online application process.

  • Current Visa, with a validity of at least three months after the planned stay.
  • A correct email address to obtain an ETIAS acceptance notice.
  • Debit or credit card to be paid for the processing of the ETIAS visa waiver.

Unfortunately, the ETIAS visa does not allow an Israeli citizen to enter any Schengen region for other purposes. This visa waiver only allows access to another European country via the Schengen borders for tourist, business or transit purposes.

Which European Countries can I visit on my Israeli passport without applying for a visa?

Presently, Israeli nationals can enter all of Europe, including the Schengen Member States and the European Union, without a visa. However, after the official introduction of the ETIAS travel authorization in early 2022, all Israeli travelers may be expected to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver before their departure to any European country.

It is necessary to understand that the ETIAS cannot be considered a passport, instead of a travel authorization system that can be applied online.  The process is straightforward and includes filling out an individual biodata form with passport details and contact information.