Israel and China sign an agreement around a 10- year multiple-entry visa
July 01, 2016
Israel and China signed a 10-year multiple entry visa agreement, making Israel the third country, after the United States and Canada, to have such an arrangement with China. The agreement was ratified by the Israeli parliament (Knesset) earlier this week.
Under the new visa program, Chinese business travellers and tourists will be allowed to enter Israel multiple times with the same visa, which will be valid for 10 years. The same will apply for Israeli citizens visiting China. The duration of the visits in Israel will be limited for up to 3 month each time, subject to the discretion of the border control to limit the period of the visits upon entry.
This new 10 year multiple entry visa does not allow any pro-active or productive work to be carried out in Israel. Senior officials at the Ministry of Interior have clarified upon announcement of the new agreement, that any unauthorised employment or working under this visa type, regardless of the duration of the work and place of salary payment, will constitute a criminal offence.
Applications will have to be submitted at the relevant consulates. Regulation regarding the visa processing at the consulates are expected to be published soon by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
What this means for you as an employer?
Employers must be aware of the fact that there is a possibility of applying for 10-year multiple entry visa for business travellers to China and Israel respectively.
This new visa agreement is expected to greatly facilitate travel between China and Israel, encourage Chinese business travellers & tourists to visit Israel, and save time and money.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to your usual PwC Legal contact for further details.