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Do I need a visa for Israel?

Ordinary passport holders

Chinese citizens and foreign nationals, holders of ordinary passports are required to obtain a visa to visit Israel, unless exempt (see list below). Applicants holders of ordinary passports can apply at the Visa Application Centres, either in person, through a representative or by post. Please click here to view more information.

Chinese official passport holders

Chinese citizens holders of official passports are required to obtain a visa to visit Israel. Applicants holders of official passports must still apply for the visa at the Embassy or Consulate of Israel in China directly.

Chinese diplomatic and service passport holders

Chinese citizens holders of diplomatic and service passports are exempted from requiring a visa for short stays not exceeding 90 days within a period of 180 days, on the basis of the Agreement on Mutual Exemption of Visas between the Government of the State of Israel and the Government of the People’s Republic of China (17th January 2016).

Please see the list of nations whose citizens can travel to Israel without a visa.

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What are the different types of visas?

PLease go to Documents and Visa Types to see the detailed list of visa types.

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Where can I apply for a visa?

The Embassy of the State of Israel in China is pleased to announce the opening of 3 visa application centres in China: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and the Visa Assistance Service in Chengdu.

All applicants holders of the ordinary passports can apply at the Visa Application Centres or through the Visa Assistance Service. Please click Standard Application Process or Postal Application Process to view the procedure.

All applicant holders of official passports must still apply for the visa at the Embassy or Consulates of Israel in China directly.

Chinese citizens holders of diplomatic and service passports are exempted from requiring a visa for short stays not exceeding 90 days within a period of 180 days, on the basis of the Agreement on Mutual Exemption of Visas between the Government of the State of Israel and the Government of the People’s Republic of China (17th January 2016).

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When should I apply for a visa?

You may only submit your visa application within the 90 days period prior to your intended date of arrival to Israel. The visa usually will be valid for 3 months since the issue date. Please submit application accordingly.

If your departure date is closing or you need to use your passport recently, it’s recommended to choose VIP Express Service before payment, so that the Embassy/Consulate will process your application as priority.

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What is the average processing time?

The average processing time for short-stay individual applications of Chinese nationals traveling to Israel is 5 working days from time of submission to the Embassy of the State of Israel, excluding weekends and public holidays, provided that your visa application is correct and complete.

If your departure date is closing or you need to use your passport recently, it’s recommended to choose VIP Express Service before payment, so that the Embassy/Consulate will process your application as priority.

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Ten-year Multiple Entry Visa

Under the new agreement, starting from 11th November 2016 a Chinese citizen holding an ordinary passport could request a multi-entrance B2 visa for a period of up to 10 years at any Israeli Embassy/Consulate worldwide.​

A Chinese citizen traveling to Israel with a 10-year visa will be able to stay in Israel up to 90 consecutive days each visit, and no more than 180 days each year, starting from the day he/she enters Israeli borders. The visa will be valid up to 10 years, but will be expired no later from 6 months before Chinese passport expires. The visa will not be transferred to a new passport.

Please be noted that:

  • To apply for a ten-year visa, you need to fill the ten-year declaration column in your visa application form;
  • Multiple-entry is allowed with stay of 90 days for each visit;
  • Please notice that do not stay in Israel for more than 90 days consecutively, and do not stay more than 180 days in one year since your first entry into Israel.
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Where can I apply for a visa?

Please choose the location of Visa Application Center or Visa Assistance Service.

Please note that it is required to choose your residence location, the one in which you are working, studying or living as you should submit your visa application to the corresponding consular authority. Please consult the map below for the consular competence.

Beijing Visa Application Center

Beijing Consular area: Includes the following provinces: Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Shanxi, Shannxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, Xinjiang and Tibet.

Shanghai Visa Application Center

Shanghai consular area: Includes the following provinces: Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui and Jiangxi.

Guangzhou Visa Application Center

Guangzhou consular area: Includes the following provinces: Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian and Hainan.

Chengdu Visa Assistance Service

Chengdu consular area: Includes the following provinces: Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan and Guizhou.

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How can I pay for application fees?

Applicants need to pay the visa application fees through CITIC Bank (CITIC Bank online payment or at CITIC bank counter), including visa fee, visa service fee and added value service charge (VIP Express service and Express Courier Return).

CITIC bank receipt which is with a barcode should be submitted with the application documents. The applicant can not pay the above fees at the Visa Application Centre. If you encounter any technical problems during the payment process, please contact CITIC Bank Customer Center directly at 95558.

Application fees

Payment of the fees does not guarantee that a visa will be granted. The visa fee and the service fee are both non-refundable and non-transferable after the application is transferred to the consular authority, visa application is denied by the administration or the applicant decides to terminate his or her application.

The visa fee is mandatory for all visa applications unless you are within the exemption categories.

For more information, please check on Application Fees page.

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What do I need to consider when applying through a representative?

The representative must present an authorization form (please click here to download the template) duly filled and hand signed by the applicant. This authorization form has to be provided as an original. Copies or faxes are not accepted. No subsequent alterations are allowed to be made on the filled out form. The applicant’s signature on the form should resemble the applicant’s signature in the passport. The letter cannot be shared for several visa applicants.

  • The applicant’s passport must be signed by the applicant himself. In this regard, please also pay attention to the special regulations concerning applicants who are underage;
  • Representatives are only allowed to sign in place of the applicant during their appointment in the Visa Application Centre on the following documents:
    • Consent forms;
    • Application checklist.
  • Applicant’s picture must fully comply with the strict regulations. When the application is submitted through a representative, it is not possible to make new photos in the visa application centre and hand them in during the appointment;
  • It is not possible to complete documents after the application has been submitted. The representative is strongly advised to clarify with the applicant beforehand if the applicant wants to submit the application or withdraw, should the documents be incomplete. IN THE EVENT the representative is submitting an incomplete or incompliant set of documents, applicant themselves need to sign the following declaration form. Representatives cannot contact the applicant during the appointment in the visa application centre as the use of mobile phones is not permitted in the visa application centre.

The representative bears the sole responsibility for the decision about the application’s submission.

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What do I need to consider when applying by post?

You may only send your visa application by post after registering and paying the corresponding fees online. Only applicants residing in China or able to provide a return address in China can apply by post. Applicants have to pay the visa application fees through CITIC Bank (CITIC Bank online payment or at CITIC bank counter), including visa fee, visa service fee and added value service charge (VIP Express service and Express Courier Return).

CITIC bank receipt which is with a barcode should be submitted with the application documents. The applicant can not pay the above fees at the Visa Application Centre.

Fees must be paid online and must NOT be posted in cash. TLScontact denies any responsibility for any cash sent by post.

Once your application is received at the Visa Application Centre or Visa Assistance Service, your application will be checked for completeness and compliance, and will be transferred as such to the Embassy/Consulate of the State of Israel in China.

You are responsible for sending complete documentation as:

  1. Applications with missing documents will be returned to the sender;
  2. Any additional document received separately, unless specifically requested by the consular authority, will not be transferred to the Embassy/Consulate in China and will be destroyed.

If the application is returned to the applicant, only the visa fees will be refunded.

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Could the Embassy/Consulate request me to provide additional documents or interview?

Yes, the Embassy/Consulate may request you to provide additional documents or attend an interview, according to your personal situation, even after you have submitted your application at TLScontact.

Please note that any additional document, which is not required in the basic list according to your category of visa, must also be accompanied with a certified translation into English, if it is in any other language.

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What are the special requirements for minor applicants?

Except for the above requirements on different visa types, when applying Visa for children under 18, applicants need to provide:

  1. Authenticated Notary on Parents’ Marriage Certificate (original and copy);
  2. Authenticated Notary on Birth Certificate (original and copy);
  3. Parental consent Form - Parents must sign this form in front of the Notary or at the Consulate (an example can be referred to here);
  4. Notary on Parents’ ID (original and copy):
    • Beijing Consular area: For applicants that both parents can not come to the Embassy of Israel in Beijing for signing the “consent form”, should provide this document.
    • Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu consular area: For applicants that one of the parents or both parents can not come to the consulate general of Israel in Guangzhou or Shanghai for signing the “consent form”, should provide this document.
  5. Authenticated Notary on Entrust Letter (if neither of the parent go with the child) (original and copy);
  6. Divorced parents should provide:
    • Authenticated Notary on Divorce Certificate (original and copy);
    • Authenticated Notary on Guardianship and Custody Document (if exist). (original and copy).
  7. Copy of parents’ passport(if any) - only for applicant apply visa in Chengdu Consular area.

Notes:

If parents choose to come to Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu Consulate to sign the Agreement form, applicants still need to provide all material above except for the Notarization and Authentication of Agreement Form and Parents ID.

All the Notarization Documents should be in both Chinese and English.

For Authentication, applicants should go to Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, do not need Authentication from the Embassy.​

Procedure: please apply for a notarial certificate at a notary office, and then have it legalized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) or the Chinese Embassy or Provincial foreign affairs bureau (waiban). For more information on jurisdiction, procedure or required documents, please contact the competent authorities.

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How can I collect my passport?

The passports can be collected when you are notified by SMS.

Passports can be collected in TLScontact visa application centres during the opening hours to the public.

In-person pick-up

You have to present the following documents if you would like to retrieve the passport by yourself at the Visa Application Centre:

  • Visa application checklist (obtained upon submission of your visa application at Visa Application Center), original;
  • ID card of applicant (or legal guardian of minor applicant), original and copy;

Passport pick-up by a representative

A representative may retrieve your passport on your behalf. The representative must provide:

  • Visa Application Checklist (obtained upon submission of your visa application at Visa center), original;
  • An authorization letter signed by applicant (or legal guardian of minor applicant), original;.
  • ID card/passport of representative, original and copy;
  • ID card/passport of applicant (or legal guardian of minor applicant), copy;
  • For minor applicant: copy of family relationship proof between minor and legal guardian signing authorization letter for picking up minor’s passport.

Please kindly note that TLScontact will return passports to the Embassy of the State of Israel in China, if the passports have not been retrieved at TLScontact within a period of 1 months after being returned from the consular authority.

Express Courier Return

You may have your passport returned to you by express delivery service; it will be sent directly to the address you have specified. Please click Added Value Services page to check the service availability in your Visa Application Centre. This service is mandatory for applicants who submit the application by post.

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Which browsers does TLScontact support?

TLScontact supports the latest versions of these browsers:

  • Chrome (Win 10 and Android for Mobile / Tablet);
  • Edge (Win 10);
  • Firefox (Win 7);
  • Safari (OS X and iOS for Mobile / Tablet).

Make sure your browser is up to date and get into the habit of installing software updates whenever they are available.

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Why isn’t Internet Explorer supported?

Internet Explorer (IE) 11 was released in 2013, and no feature updates released by Microsoft in years, which puts this browser behind others in terms of its ability to support new technologies. While Microsoft will continue to provide support for users of IE 11 for a few more years, the new default browser is Microsoft Edge.

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Passport

What are the requirements for passport validity?

Before applying for a visa you must make sure that your passport is valid.

  1. Check the expiration date on your passport.
    • Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after you back to China.
  2. Make sure your passport has two or more completely blank and unmarked visa pages;
  3. Make sure your passport has not been altered.
    • Check if the original laminated film (the transparent safety film that covers the passport photo) has been tampered with. If this is the case, you must ask a passport-issuing authority to re-tamper proof your passport;
    • Make sure no pages or surfaces have been laminated (as this will invalidate your passport);
    • Check for scratching or alteration.
  4. If your passport was issued over 10 years ago, even if it is still valid at the time you submit your visa application, you must apply for a new passport from the authorities or the Embassy or Consulate of your country of origin, before being able to apply for a visa.

It is advised that you do not apply for a visa on a passport issued for multiple persons (e.g. parent and children together).

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Photo

Please submit two passport photos which should fulfill the following criteria:

  • White or blue background;
  • Size: 5 x 5cm;
  • Taken from the front with the subject looking directly at the camera;
  • Mouth must be closed, not teeth visible;
  • Without shadows in face;
  • Wearer of glasses: the eyes must not be covered by the frames of the glasses;
  • Sharp, not blurred, high pixel resolution (600 DPI);
  • Face covers 70-80% of the photo;
  • Recent photo, not older than 6 months (please do not use photos which you have used for the passport or visa application submission 6 months ago).

The photo will be imprinted into the visa sticker and must fulfill these criteria. The photo is stored in different databases (central register for foreigners, visa information system), so that a comparison can take place when entering Israel.

Photos which are older than 6 months are not accepted by the visa section and applications containing photographs that are older than 6 months will be rejected and not processed. In order to avoid this, we advise you to take new photos right before the visa application submission.

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