As Mediterranean neighbors, it’s unsurprising that so many tourists travel between Greece and Israel. If you’re a citizen of Greece looking to travel to Israel for a vacation or other short-term visit, make sure that you’re aware of your travel requirements – in particular, the newly-introduced ETA-IL for Israel – to guarantee a smooth trip.

How can Greek citizens apply for the ETA-IL for Israel?

The application is done online. We recommend getting everything you need for the application ready before you start to save time.

  • A computer or smartphone with an internet connection
  • A debit or credit card to process your application
  • An email address (your ETA-IL will be sent to this, so make sure you know the password)
  • Your valid Greek passport.

All you have to do is load the online form, which will ask you questions about your personal and travel details. Fill in the answers fully and accurately.

Tips for a successful application:

  • Make sure to spell your name in English letters, as it appears on your passport. Do not use the Greek alphabet in your application.
  • Always double-check for typing errors – these are the main cause of delays.
  • Ensure your passport will be on the date for the duration of your trip, especially the departure date.

Do Greek citizens need an ETA-IL visa to enter Israel?

Greek citizens do not need a visa to enter Israel. However, like all visa-exempt countries, they do need an online document called the ETA-IL for Israel.

Even if you have traveled from Greece before, you may be unfamiliar with this document. It is a new requirement that is being introduced as of 2024. However, the ETA-IL is simple and quick to obtain. The application itself takes only 15 minutes, while the wait time is typically around a week.

Validity of the Israeli ETA-IL

Once your ETA-IL is authorized, it is valid for 2 years. The exact date of expiry will be written on the document itself. Please note that if the passport you used to apply expires or is replaced within these two years, you will need to reapply for a new ETA-IL.

As Greece is a short way from Israel, you can take advantage of this wide validity period to make multiple trips. However, note that the Israeli ETA is applicable solely for short-term visits of up to 90 days (three months). In these three months, you cannot work, study, or reside in Israel.

All other short-term visits are valid. For instance, you are welcome to sightsee, visit, undergo a pilgrimage, and attend business conferences.

Summary of Israeli entry requirements for Greek citizens

As a visitor from Greece, you have two essential travel requirements: a valid passport, and an Israeli ETA-IL, a new online travel authorization document. The process to obtain the ETA-IL is simple and straightforward, meaning that you only need to set out fifteen minutes to apply and a week or so for your approval.