Five US officials, who requested anonymity, spoke to The Associated Press about the change in visa requirements for Israeli citizens.

The deadline for Israel to be included in the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of 40 countries to travel to the country without a visa for three months, is September 30, the officials said.

Stating that this date coincides with the last day of the federal budget year in the US and that the application must be made before this date in order for the visa waiver to be valid next year, the officials stated that the administration of US President Joe Biden will grant visa-free travel to Israeli citizens.


Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will make the official announcement on September 28, officials said.

If Israel is officially included in the Visa Waiver Program, Israeli citizens will be able to visit the United States for business or leisure purposes for up to 90 days without a visa, simply by registering in the Travel Authorization Electronic System.