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Israel Abolishes Exit Visas; Free Travel or Migration to Start October 15

Israelis will be free to travel abroad after October 15 without having to obtain the exit visas which have been required for such travel since the establishment of Israel in 1948, it was learned here today.

The regulations originally curtailed travel in the interests of security and economics. Since 1955, they had been gradually eased and the Government recently found it possible to recommend to Israel’s Parliament a bill for abolition of the requirement. The law will become effective on October 15.

After that date, Israeli citizens may leave for travel or migration except for persons in the military service age group who will still have to obtain approval. Israeli residents who retain foreign passports also are exempt from the visa requirements but will be required to give two weeks notice of their intended departure.