To clarify any confusion surrounding recent news in Israel on the “new” regulation issued by the Population and Immigration Authority, it should be noted that in relation to short-term business travel, there are no new regulations. The 45 work days (SEA) regulations were published in early 2015 as temporary regulation. It is anticipated to become permanent at some point.
A business visitor, who travels to Israel for the purpose of business meetings, negotiations, passive training, and other activities that are not categorised as productive, can continue to travel under a visitor visa.
Any productive work to be done in Israel, regardless of the length of stay or location of the payroll, requires a work visa prior to entry.
Work categorised as productive includes, but is not limited to:
- Hands-on tools
- Hands-on job
- Installation work
- Providing active guidance
- Management of work
- Repair work
Please also note that almost every business visitor that enters Israel for business, even for a short period, is required to have a work visa rather than a mere tourist visa. We recommend you consult with immigration specialists because the immigration rules are strictly enforced by the authorities.
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