Consulates Asked to Tighten Immigration Requirements for Tourists to Palestine

All British consulates in Europe were instructed by the Immigration Department of the Palestine Government, yesterday, to tighten immigration requirements for tourists desiring to enter Palestine.

In the future, tourists will be required to produce evidence that they leave either businesses or properties behind as well as to show return tickets. The strictures are to be imposed as a guarantee that tourists will not remain permanently in Palestine after once having been admitted on a tourist status.

Simultaneously a number of travel agencies in Europe, and particularly in Poland have been placed on the blacklist by the Palestine government. The disfavor in which the Palestine authorities suddenly find themselves are allegedly due to the fact that recently they have attracted hundreds of Jewish tourists on the promise that they would be permitted to remain. The result was that a number of them have broken up their homes on the basis of “these illegal promises,” the travel agencies hold.

The Executive of the Jewish Agency expressed its approval of the action of the Immigration Department in a statement made to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The Jewish Agency Executive holds that the strictures will not affect the actual tourist, and its effect will be to put an end to the various exploitations of Jews by travel agencies.

Six thousand Jewish tourists were expected to enter Palestine this month, the majority of them coming from Poland and Roumania. It is not yet known how the new regulations will affect their number.

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