Embassy of Israel – Washington DC


The Embassy of Israel has jurisdiction over Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. The embassy is located at the International Center area, near the Office of the Foreign Mission (OFM) of the Department of State, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), and the INTELSAT Headquarter.

When visiting the Embassy, make sure to bring a photo ID. All visitors will undergo a security check before entering the building. Do not bring large handbags, suitcases, food or beverages. Personal objects including handbags, mobile phones and electronic devices will not be allowed into the Embassy.

Hours of Operation

Public Reception Hours:
Monday – Thursday
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Telephone Reception Hours:
Monday – Thursday
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

U.S. Citizens

U.S. Citizens do not require a visa to travel to Israel, whether for business or tourism for a stay up to 90 days. However, an onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds are required for entry.

Although a passport valid for 6 months from the date of entering Israel is not required by the Government of Israel, airlines routinely require this and may prevent boarding if a traveler does not have at least 6 months validity on his or her passport. A no-charge, three-month tourist visa may be issued upon arrival and may be renewed.

Travelers carrying U.S. Official or U.S. Diplomatic Passports must obtain visas from an Israeli embassy or consulate prior to arrival.

 The U.S. State Department strongly encourages American Citizens planning international travel to register with the U.S. Embassy in the countries they plan to visit.

Closest Metro Stop:
Van Ness-UDC
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 Phone: (202) 364-5500

 Fax: (202) 525-4004


 Email Address:
Consular Services: consular@washington.mfa.gov.il
General Information: info@washington.mfa.gov.il

 Address: 3514 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008.

Van Ness-UDC Metro Station on the red line of the Metro system is the closest station to the Embassy of Israel. From the station, it is approximately a 9-minute walk to the Embassy. Use the map and directions shown below to find suggested routes.

From Van Ness-UDC Metro Station
Approximately 0.4 mile, 9 min

 Head southeast on Connecticut Ave NW toward Veazey Terrace NW.

 Turn right onto Van Ness St NW.

 Turn left onto International Dr NW.

Visa-Exempt Countries

Holders of normal passports of many countries do not need a visa to travel to Israel for a maximum stay of 3 months for tourism. Check the List of countries with which Israel has visa exemption agreements. It is important to emphasize that the exemption applies only to visas for visits and to passports (not to laissez passer).

Visa is not required for nationals of Egypt for stays up to 14 days if entering through Taba and visiting up to Beersheba only.

Holders of Palestinian Authority passports can obtain their visa on arrival in order to continue their journey to the Palestinian territories.

Apply for a visa in person. Visa applications sent via mail are not be accepted.

A/2 Student Visa

A/2 Student Visas are granted to those who want to study in Israel in elementary and high schools, academic institutions, yeshivot and youth institutions of the Jewish Agency. The visa is valid for up to one year and for multiple entrances and exits. Recipients of this visa are not permitted to work in Israel.

Note: A minor will not be given a visa without the written consent of both parents or his legal guardian.

The following documents are required:

(1) Completed Visa Application Form (PDF Format).
(2) Two passport pictures.
(3) Certification of acceptance for study at a recognized educational institution in Israel.
(4) Proof that the student has the financial means to pay for his studies and sustenance throughout his stay in Israel.
(5) A travel document that is valid for at least one year, provided that his country has a diplomatic mission in the State of Israel. If there is no such mission in Israel, the passport must be valid for the entire period of studies and another 6 months beyond that time.

A/3 Clergy Visa

A/3 Clergy Visas are granted to clergymen for the purpose of fulfilling their clerical duties among their religious communities in Israel, pursuant to the invitation of a recognized religious institution in Israel. A clergyman who goes to Israel for a visit and requires an entry visa will receive the regular B/2 visa.

Only the Ministry of the Interior has the authority to grant an A/3 visa. The application should be submitted in Israel by the religious institution that is inviting the clergyman. The mission will only issue the visa with the prior approval of the Ministry of the Interior. The validity of the visa will be in accordance with Ministry of Interior guidelines, with the option of renewal only in Israel.

If the visa is approved by the Ministry of the Interior, the visa will be issued upon provision of the following:

(1) Completed Visa Application Form (PDF Format).
(2) Two passport pictures.
(3) A valid passport.

A/4 Visa for Spouses and Children

This visa is for the spouses and children of recipients of A/2 or A/3 visas. The following documents are required:

(1) Completed Visa Application Form for an A/4 visa has been filled out and signed, and attached to the visa application of the person they are accompanying.
(2) Two passport pictures.

B/1 Work Visa

This visa is for a person whose stay in Israel is approved for a limited period of time for the purpose of work. The following documents are required:

(1) Completed Visa Application Form (PDF Format).
(2) Two passport pictures.
(3) Official government letter.
(4) A verified certificate of good conduct.
(5) Certification of medical examinations performed in clinics or hospitals recognized by the mission (the certification must cover, inter alia, normal results in tests for tuberculosis, hepatitis and AIDS) and the results of blood tests.
(6) A declaration of the taking of a fingerprint (the State of Israel has begun to take a fingerprint from foreign workers who enter the country to work) and a photograph.

B/2 Visitor's Visa

B/2 visas are granted to visitors who wish to stay in Israel for tourism, a business meeting or study in a Hebrew ulpan. A person who enters Israel on a B/2 visa is not allowed to work in the State of Israel.

B/2 visas are valid for up to 3 months. The duration of the stay in Israel will be determined by the Border Police. A visitor who wishes to extend his visit may submit an application at one of the regional population administration offices of the Ministry of the Interior.

The following documents are required:

(1) Completed Visa Application Form (PDF Format).
(2) A passport with at least 6 months validity remaining.
(3) A photocopy of the applicant's passport.
(4) Proof of the applicant's sufficient financial means for the visit to Israel.
(5) Order for round trip airline tickets to and from Israel.
(6) Two passport pictures.

Entry to Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza

U.S. Citizens are advised that all persons applying for entry to Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza are subject to security and police record checks by the Government of Israel, and may be denied entry or exit without explanation.

In the past, U.S. Citizens have been subjected to prolonged questioning and thorough searches by Israeli authorities upon entry or departure. U.S. Citizens whom Israeli authorities suspect of being of Arab, Middle Eastern, or Muslim origin; those who have been involved in missionary or activist activity; and those who ask that Israeli stamps not be entered into their passport may face additional, often time-consuming, and probing questioning by immigration and border authorities, or may even be denied entry into Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza.

U.S. Citizens of similar background who are suspected of wishing to enter those areas deemed prohibited to them by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) are requested by the MOI to sign a standard agreement. This agreement stipulates that they will refrain from entering those prohibited areas. U.S. citizens have been detained and/or arrested at the airport and at other border crossings on suspicion of security-related offenses.

Members of religious groups have been monitored, arrested, and deported for suspicion of intent to proselytize in Israel. In some cases, Israeli authorities have denied U.S. Citizens access to U.S. consular officers, lawyers, and family members during temporary detention.

Additional security-related delays are not unusual for travelers carrying audio-visual or data storage/processing equipment, and some have had their laptop computers and other electronic equipment confiscated at Ben Gurion Airport. While most items are returned prior to the traveler's departure, some equipment has been retained by the authorities for lengthy periods and has reportedly been damaged, destroyed, lost or never returned.

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