Israel Visa Requirements for Volunteers
We received this email from Scott:
“My friend and I are looking to volunteer on a kibbutz in November but are unsure on what visas we require or where to get them from. Any information to help us would be greatly appreciated.
Volunteering on a kibbutz is a wonderful way of getting to know the locals, their way of life and how things work in Israel.
Kibbutz life is generally slow, so if you want to be on the go 24/7, clubbing and partying, a kibbutz volunteer program, may not be right for you.
However, having made the decision to volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel, the first thing you need to do is submit an application to the Kibbutz Movement – The Kibbutz Volunteer Program (KVP).
Assuming you fit the required criteria, you must apply for Volunteer Visa.
Fortunately the KVP office will submit your visa application on your behalf. There is a small administration fee.
The KVP will help you to complete the application form, which can be accessed via the Israel Ministry of Interior – Population Registration (Heb: משרד הפנים Misrad HaPnim) website.
You cannot enter Israel before you receive confirmation that your volunteer visa has been approved and you receive the required, official entrance visa stamp from the Israeli consulate (which you must obtain in person).
Once your Volunteer Visa is approved, you have 90 days to enter Israel. If you not, your visa will become null and void.
Travel tip: In case there is an unforeseen delay, do not purchase your plane ticket until you have stamped approval.