The recommendations of the MFA of Ukraine for Ukrainian citizens regarding the entry to Israel
Since February 9, 2011, the Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and Government of Israel about visa requirements refusal has been in force in bilateral Ukrainian-Israeli relations.
In this regard, the citizens of Ukraine should remember that the visa-free regime, established by the mentioned Agreement, applies only to trips for tourism, business and guest purposes or for treatment in Israeli medical institutions and does not provide employment opportunities.
For receiving the right for employment in Israel the citizen of Ukraine shall apply to the Israel Embassy in Ukraine for working visa processing (B-1), which is issued by permission of the MIA of this country.
Pointed aspect should be considered attentively, because according to the information of Israeli side, escalation of verification procedures and increase of entry bans are connected with growth in number of Ukrainians, who illegally stay in Israel after 90-days completion for the purpose of illegal employment.
We urge citizens of Ukraine, who are planning to visit Israel, to treat their trips carefully and perform their travels according to declared aim of trip and other provisions of the Agreement.
In case of visiting Israel within the visa-free regime you should be ready to prove the aim of your trip at the airport persuasively and by documents, because decision-making powers due to the admission to the country belongs to the border/migration guards.
For example, tourists should have return ticket, confirmation of hotel reservation and purchase of tourist product, amount of money, enough for planned staying in Israel, as well as health insurance policy.
People who enter with guest purpose or for treatment, should have nominal invitation with personal and contact data about host side/hospital. They should also have return ticket and sufficient funds for stay.
Non-Israel citizens, who want to invite Ukrainian, should agree such kind of invitation at the territorial department of the Population and Immigration Service of Israel.
Attention! Take into account, that there is a special entry order established for foreigners, including Ukrainians, who enter Israel for reunion with spouse – citizen of Israel after marriage registration or cohabitation without marriage registration, and also for their children.
In this case, Israel citizen needs to contact the MIA with request about queue appointment into visa department for beginning the legalization procedure for spouse/cohabitant and his/her invitation to Israel. Before appointed a meeting, it is necessary to prepare documents, which serve as a proof of intent of cohabitation, and also personal documents of foreigner spouse/cohabitant. Only after receiving official permission of the MIA, foreign spouse/cohabitant will be able to enter Israel.
Herewith, citizens of Ukraine, during planning of trip to Israel, should insure the risk of enter refusal.
During the interview, it is necessary to be calm and balanced, clearly answer questions of border service officer. Considering that the procedure of interviewing is quite stressful, extra emotions will not help to finish the interview in your favor, because they will be accepted as evidence against your declared intentions.
In case of decision of entry prohibition, you have a right to appeal it at the court, about what (appeal plans) you shall inform border service officers and contact local lawyers (you can choose the lawyer with the help of host side or use lawyer services, mentioned on the website of Ukraine Embassy in Israel in section “Consulate questions”.)
It should be noted, that employees of the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel cannot influence on the immigration decision-making process, and the procedure of its appeal, established by Israel legislation, does not provide the participation of diplomats as process subjects, who the persons and juridical representatives (lawyers) are.
Separately, we appeal to the citizens of Ukraine with a request to inform Ukrainian relevant authorities about cases of using tourism activities for protection of illegal actions, including the promotion and organization of illegal immigration to Israel. Such unfair activity leads to strengthening border control measures on citizens of Ukraine with relevant consequences for our countrymen, including those, who have sincere intentions on their cultural, religious, business and other needs during foreign travels, according to the signed international documents and current legislation.
Please consider that the employment for Ukrainian citizens in Israel, “within visa-free regime”, which is currently being advertised in Ukrainian Internet segment, is the violation of Ukrainian-Israeli Agreement about refusal of visa requirements and current legislation regulations, and their authors cause damage of Ukrainian citizens and Ukrainian-Israeli relations interests in general.
Beside this, the citizens of Ukraine, who enter Israel in such circumstances, usually become victims of fraudsters, who offer services for further processing of appropriate status on the territory, giving fake visa or ID. Besides the significant financial costs, which are required by thieves, our countrymen, who break the rules and requirements of Israel current legislation, are subject to the administrative/criminal liability.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine