Customs Information

Israel - Diplomat


  • Diplomatic passport
  • Tax exemption franchise
  • Diplomatic ID card
  • Packing list


  • Diplomats are entitled to a tax-free importation of personal effects, once a tax exemption franchise is obtained by the diplomatic organization (e.g., embassy, consulate or organization) in which the diplomat is physically serving.
  • The diplomatic ID card can be obtained at the diplomatic department at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.
    • Once obtained, a tax exemption franchise from Customs can be obtained by presenting the OBL, packing list and Customs forms.
    • Once the original tax exemption papers are received by the destination agent, the shipment can be cleared tax free.
  • Owner of shipment must be in the country.


  • Tax exemption required.


  • The import license must be issued within 10 days of arrival by the Director of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, for pets not transported as part of accompanied baggage (limit of 2).
  • A copy of the veterinary health certificate and details of pet’s arrival must be forwarded to the Director of Veterinary Services at least 2 days prior to import.
  • For pets transported as accompanied baggage, the owner must provide a declaration that the pet has been in his or her possession for at least 90 days prior to import.
  • Healthy pets with accompanying documentation will not be quarantined.
  • Cats and dogs must be vaccinated against rabies within 1 year but no less than 30 days prior to arrival in Israel (the dosage must have been equal to or greater 0.5 IU/ml).
  • Cats and dogs must be older than 4 months upon arrival, with the exception of pets imported from Great Britain, Japan and Cyprus (3 months old is permitted).
  • Cats and dogs must have an electronic chip in conformance with Israeli requirements.
  • Some breeds of dogs cannot be imported; check with agent for specific details.


  • Tax exemption required


  • Weapons and ammunitions
  • Dangerous chemicals
  • Explosives
  • Drugs
  • Gas BBQ / Grill (of any kind)
  • Electric bicycle / scooter / moped (of any kind)
  • Food (2 kg)
  • Wine / alcohol (2 L)
  • Biological commodity (seeds, plants, raw wood, etc.)
  • Outdoor furniture (e.g., plastic chairs, tables, grills, etc.)
  • Sporting equipment