Denying entry to Israel

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Expulsion from Israel- denied entry

The law regarding entering the State on Israel, dated from 1952 (hereinafter the above- mentioned-law), is the unique statutory source of authority regarding the entry to Israel.

An Israeli citizen can enter Israel with no visa needed.

A non-Israeli citizen will be able to enter to and stay in Israel according to the regulations and conditions stated in the above-mentioned law.

The ministry of interior and its extensions have a vast authority while applying the above-mentioned law.

According to the above-mentioned law, border control as well as the minister of interior himself and the minister’s subordinates at the ministry of interior, all have the right to deny entry to a person who has no visa or a person regarding whom it has been decided that he or she is not entitled to an entry visa at the time he or she wished to do so.

If for any reason, it has been decided that a person who wishes to enter Israel is not entitled to do so, the border control officer can detain that said person until further verifications are made or until that said person has left Israel.

Also, if it has been decided that a person is not entitled to enter the State of Israel, the border control officer has two courses of action possible.

The first one is to detain that said person at the Ben Gurion airport in a special space designated for detaining all denied entry cases and which is under the authority of the border control unit.

The second possibility is to transfer that said person as a “denied entry” individual, to a holding facility in Ben Gurion airport which is designated to hold denied entry cases and expulsion cases until they leave the country.

Aside from being hurtful and humiliating, denying entry to Israel holds a number of long-term consequences regarding the denied entry case for the next upcoming years and might even affect that said person ability to enter other countries such as the USA or other western European countries.

Dealing with a denied entry situation immediately as it occurs, will enable a negotiation with the border control unit as well as with the ministry of interior. In some cases, it will be possible to annul a denied entry to Israel stamp, or the detaining of that said person in a holding facility or even to enable the entry to Israel, depending on the facts of each and every case.

When dealing with a detained or denied entry case, it is recommended to consult immediately with an attorney who specializes in immigration law in Israel, in order to achieve the best possible results.


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