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U.S. Visa Waiver Program Now Includes Israeli Citizens

Fernando Di Chiara
Posted on Wed Oct 25
2 min read

On October 19, 2023, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that Israeli citizens can now travel to the United States without a visa for short-term visits under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

This policy change took effect immediately. Israeli citizens seeking entry to the U.S. without a visa should apply for travel authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program. They must have a biometric passport to qualify.

The VWP allows citizens of select countries to enter the U.S. for either business or tourism purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. ESTA clearance is required but does not guarantee admission. U.S. Customs officers make the final determination upon arrival.

ESTA applications are only available in English currently. Processing can take up to 72 hours. Travelers’ activities must comply with VWP rules. For example, attending conferences is permitted under the VWP but extended employment is not.

Israeli citizens who already have a valid B1/B2 U.S. visa may still use it to enter for short business or tourism trips. However, the VWP provides an alternative for Israeli citizens who meet eligibility criteria.

More details on the U.S. Visa Waiver Program for Israeli citizens can be found on the Department of Homeland Security website.

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