MELBOURNE (May. 14)
An agreement between Israel and Australia to abolish tourist and transit visas into Israel for Australian travelers, with reciprocal easing of such requirements for Israeli travelers to Australia was announced here today. The agreement goes into effect tomorrow.
Under the agreement, Israeli nationals holding valid Israeli passports, who want to visit Australia for no more than three months and whose entry to that country has been approved, can obtain visas without charge at any Australian Consular office. At the same time visitors to Israel, holding a valid Australian passport who wish to visit Israel for no more than three months will no longer have to get a visa before departing.
The agreement does not cover any visa issue governing temporary or permanent residence, the Israel consul, S.A. Laor, said. The new arrangement should stimulate tourism to Israel as Australian travelers will now be able to visit Israel on the spur of the moment from any part of the world.