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The Palestinian Authority does not have its own tourist entry policy. You can enter the Autonomous Zone from the direction of Israel, Jordan, or Egypt. No visa requirements are imposed on foreign nationals other than those imposed by Israel's, Jordan, and Egypt visa policy. Access to the West Bank is controlled by the Israeli Government. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months. Visas can range from two weeks to three months.
There are a few routes to Palestine:
- For Internationals
- Airport of Ben Gurion, Tel-Aviv
- Via Jordan
- Allenby Terminal or King Hussein Bridge – See other access routes from Jordan as well.
- Via Egypt
- Rafah Border Crossing – open daily between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for humanitarian aid providers and those with prior authorization.
Visitors entering via Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport receive an entry card instead of an entry stamp in their passport. While this practice is in place in other ports of entry, there have been situations where passports have been stamped for entry purposes. You should keep your passport card until you leave. This is proof of your legal entry into Israel and may be required, especially at any point of entry into the Occupied Palestinian Territories. If you are refused entry into Israel, your passport may be stamped with an entry stamp and two red lines drawn across it to indicate your refusal.
Upon arrival at any of the ports of entry, citizens travelling to the West Bank may wish to confirm with the Israeli immigration authorities where they will be required to leave.
Israeli border officials at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport have also, at times, required certain travellers to sign a form stating that they are not allowed to enter territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority unless he/she obtains an advance authorization from the Israeli 'Territorial Actions Coordinator' and that a violation of this restriction may result in a traveller being deported from Israel and banned from entry for up to 10 years.
At the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan, as well as at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, Israeli border officials have occasionally used an entry stamp for certain travellers who state 'Palestinian Authority only' or 'Judea and Samaria only.'
As travellers entering the Allenby Bridge must pass through Israeli checkpoints and Israeli-controlled territory to reach Jerusalem or Gaza, this restriction effectively limits travellers receiving the stamp. It is not clear how a traveller who receives a stamp at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport can leave the airport without violating the restrictions. This stamp was issued to travellers who do not have Palestinian or other Arab ancestries and who do not appear to have any claim to a Palestinian Authority ID.
Entry to the Palestinian Territories, including Gaza by sea, is controlled by the Israeli authorities. You must make a passport and an immigration slip to cross between Israel and the Palestinian Territories controlled by Israel, you may not be allowed to enter.
You may be detained upon arrival and deported if you intend to enter Gaza without permission.
EMBASSY INFORMATION AND LOCATION
Where to apply for a visa?
You can apply for a visa at Israel, Jordan, or Egypt diplomatic missions/embassies/consulates.
Can I visit Palestine without going through Israel?
Due to the ongoing Israeli occupation, Palestine has no control over its borders or points of entry and exit. Therefore, in order to travel to Palestine, you must go through Israel, Jordan, or Egypt.
How to fly to Palestine?
It's easy, you have two options: first, fly to Ben-Gurion International Airport, which is located in Tel-Aviv, and then from the airport to Jerusalem via a shared taxi or a private taxi, which takes you from the airport to your destination on the Palestinian side. In Jerusalem, you can get to the Arab Central Bus Station in the Musrara area and then take a bus to any of the Palestinian cities. Flying to Ben Gurion (Tel Aviv) is, in our opinion, the easiest point of arrival. Most Americans and Europeans are issued a 3-month visa upon arrival and customs clearance.
The second option is to fly to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, and then by taxi, which costs you around 30-35 JD (Jordanian Dinar) and will take you directly to the Jordanian-Israeli border. This border, known as the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge, is 57km away from Amman and is located in the Southern Jordan Valley.
Can tourists go to Gaza?
Visiting Gaza is possible, but it is extremely difficult.
A foreigner must apply for a special visa or travel permit at the Israeli or Egyptian embassy, depending on which border you use: Erez (Israel) or Rafah (Egypt).
In order for a permit or visa to be granted, a foreigner must have a specific reason to travel to Gaza. Reasons that are considered valid are usually limited to diplomatic or humanitarian missions, journalism, or important business issues.
Does Palestine have its own passport?
The Palestinian Authority Passport is a passport/travel document issued by the Palestinian Authority to Palestinian residents of the Palestinian Territories for international travel purposes since April 1995.