Canadian passport holders have the right to enter Israel visa-free. This allows thousands of Canadian visitors to enter Israel with minimal fuss, expense or wait time. The ETA-IL for Israel, a new travel requirement coming into play in 2024, will ensure that movement across the two borders will remain easy for Canadian passport holders, while strengthening security.

What exactly is the ETA-IL for Israel?

The ETA-IL for Israel is a new visa-waiver scheme, similar to many others across the world, from the United States ESTA to Canada’s own eTA. It is an online document, applied for through the internet, that shows the Israeli authorities at the airport that you have been approved to enter Israel ahead of your journey.

The Israeli ETA-IL is a mandatory requirement for all Canadian travelers. Without a valid ETA-IL and corresponding passport with you, you may be turned away at the border. Please ensure that you have your travel documentation ready before you take off.

Do Canadian citizens need an ETA-IL visa to Israel?

Yes. All Canadian citizens – barring those with Israeli dual citizenship – must have an Israeli ETA-IL in order to visit Israel.

While the ETA-IL is an online document, you should think of it as being as essential as a passport. Without a valid ETA, you are likely to be heavily delayed or turned away at the border.

Apply for the ETA-IL at least two weeks before departure date to minimize the chance that you will not receive approval in time.

Requirements for the Israeli ETA-IL

In order to be eligible for the Israeli ETA-IL, you must:

  • Have a full Canadian passport.
    • Temporary, special or ambassadorial passports are not typically considered for the Israeli ETA.
  • Intend to stay for a short-term visit of up to 90 days
    • Reasons for your visit can not include work, study, or an intention to permanently reside
  • Have no serious criminal history.
    • You may still apply for an ETA-IL if you have an extensive criminal record, but note your application is likely to be rejected if Israeli authorities believe you may pose a security risk.

I am a Canadian citizen - how can I apply for an Israeli ETA-IL?

The Israeli ETA-IL application is completed through a convenient online form. Our form is especially designed for maximum comfort and simplicity, making it suitable even for those with no experience in Israeli bureaucracy.

On the form, you will be asked simple questions about your identity and your trip. This is to confirm that you are who you say you are, and that you fit the ETA-IL requirements. Some questions you will be asked include:

  • Simple personal details, such as your name, date of birth, and address
  • Passport information, including passport number and expiry.
  • Details about your trip, for instance, the planned arrival and departure dates
  • Contact details, including email and telephone
  • Information about why you are visiting Israel

Answer questions fully and honestly. Make sure to double check your form for accuracy before submitting, as typing errors and small mistakes are a common reason for application delays.

Note that a small processing fee is associated with all ETA-IL applications. You can pay this fee using a credit or debit card – it doesn’t have to be Israeli.

After you’ve submitted the form, you should receive confirmation straight away that your application is being processed. Usually, it takes a week until your application is approved.

The ETA-IL itself is sent to you using the same email you provide during the application. It is an online document, and does not need to be printed. However, you should save or bookmark it so that it is ready to show airport staff.

Israeli ETA-IL expiry information for Canadian nationals

The Israeli ETA-IL is valid for up to 2 years, as long as the passport you originally applied for remains valid. If your passport expires or has to be replaced, you will need to submit a new application.

Note that the ETA-IL is only valid for short term trips of up to 90 days at a time. Any longer and you will need to apply for a visa.


While Canada’s visa-exempt status is not changing, the ETA-IL for Israel is a new travel requirement all Canadian travelers into the country must be aware of. Considering the simple online process and quick approval times, Canadian nationals can expect travel to Israel to remain straightforward as long as they plan ahead.