In anticipation of the final decision regarding the eligibility of Israeli citizens for visa exemption upon entry to the United States, which is expected to be made within the next few days, we at Israel Hayom have put you in order: When will this happen, what are the chances that the application will be approved and how will it work?
Let's start with the happy news: The State of Israel has met all the requirements of Americans on the way to visa exemption. Some of the demands were received negatively by some of the Israeli public, and some were a consensus – tourists born in Gaza and holding an American passport will be able to enter Israel more easily, as will residents of Judea and Samaria. At the same time, the State of Israel met the threshold of below 3% of denied visas, and the requirement to transfer information between countries regarding exceptional travelers was also approved.
Israelis in line at the American Embassy for issuing a visa (archive), photo: Yehoshua Yosef
The American delegation that visited Israel in recent months left when the Israelis who met it told Israel Hayom of great optimism among the members of the American delegation. The final decision will be made next week, with the deadline being September 30.
It is estimated that the decision will be made and published a few days before the deadline, possibly as early as next week. If the Americans approve the cancellation of the visa to enter the country for Israelis, we will be able to apply online and within a short time, at a low cost and without an appointment, it will be possible to purchase a plane ticket to the US and fly to Miami, New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and other favorite destinations – without the need for a visa.
Shall we say goodbye to her? Visa to the United States (illustrative), photo: Ami Shumen
It is important to clarify that even if the Americans approve the visa exemption, it will take between one and two months for Israelis to be able to enter the country without a visa. This means that it is very possible that this year we will be able to fly to the United States just like the Europeans, that is, without a visa, but also probably for a shorter period of stay – only about three months compared to about six months today.
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