Customs and Duties

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Customs and Duties

For visitors with nothing to declare, clearing customs at Ben Gurion International Airport requires simply following the clearly marked green line to the baggage claims hall. There are generally no lines and customs inspectors rarely examine luggage. The red line for those with items to declare is next to the green line. Those over 17 may import into Israel duty-free: 250 grams of tobacco products; 2 liters of wine and 1 liter of spirits; ¼ liter of eau de cologne or perfume; and gifts totaling no more than US$200 in value. You may also import up to 3 kg of food products, but no fresh meat.

You may bring a pet if you bring a general health certificate in English issued by a government veterinary officer in your country of origin issued within 10 days prior to travel. The certificate must state that you’ve owned the pet for more than 90 days and that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies not more than a year and not less than one month prior to travel. Dogs and cats less than four months old won’t be admitted. As soon as you receive the health certificate, but no less than 48 hours prior to arrival, pet owners must fax or email the veterinary department at Ben Gurion International Airport, including the name of the owner, veterinary health certificate, animal species, age, date of birth, breed, sex, identification number of electronic chip (for dogs), flight number, approximate arrival time, and your contact information.

Contacts

U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 877/227–5511; www.cbp.gov.

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