Israel Country Profile

For more details visit Israel Passport Ranking
  • Passport Grade
  • Passport Ranking
  • Passport Score
  • Visa-free Countries
  • Visa-required Countries
  • Access to the World's GDP
  • Access to the World's Surface Area
  • Access to the World's Population
  • Access to the Unesco Sites
Citizenship and Naturalization
Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
  • Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
    No provisions
Naturalization - Standard Conditions
  • Minimum residency period
    3 years
    People of Jewish ancestry can obtain immediate citizenship according to the Law of Return.
  • Physical presence requirement
  • Language test
    Yes, Hebrew
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
  • Can minor children naturalize?
    Yes, minor children naturalize along with parents
  • Can naturalized parents pass citizenship to a child born abroad?
  • Can you lose naturalization due to prolonged absence/ naturalization elsewhere?
Naturalization - Your Spouse is a Citizen
  • Living IN the country: Residency/marriage requirement
    5 years / 0 years
    May apply immediately after marriage, but the naturalization process itself takes approximately 5 years, during which, you will be gradually granted less restrictive residency permits until finally obtaining full citizneship. The process becomes almost immediate if you have a common child.
  • Living ABROAD: Marriage requirement
    Not allowed
  • Language test
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
Naturalization - Other Beneficial Provisions
  • Your child is a citizen
    No provisions
  • Citizens of specific countries
    No provisions
"–": The provision has not been analysed.
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Taxation Type
A tax resident of a country with a RESIDENCE-BASED tax system pays taxes on their WORLDWIDE income. However, if you lose tax residency status there (e.g., by moving out), the country will generally stop taxing you.
Schiff Sovereign's Take on Israel
Israel is a beautiful country with an appealing Mediterranean climate, great food, highly advanced medical facilities, beaches, parks, etc. And for a tiny country, it also offers an astonishing number and variety of cultural experiences. 

If you are Jewish and haven't applied for a second passport in Israel yet, you should definitely look into it. 

The country makes it very easy for those of Jewish heritage to gain a second citizenship. Every year, thousands of Jews around the world become Israeli citizens through the country’s so-called Law of Return.

And it's totally worth it. Israel permits dual citizenship, and the Israeli passport is a very decent travel document. 

(At the same time, as we have written here, you need to spend significant time in Israel each year to qualify for it. Otherwise, you can only count on a “provisional passport” that allows traveling to fewer countries visa-free.)

And while Israel is far from a tax haven, it grants new citizens a 10-year tax holiday on their worldwide income.

Curiously, in some cases you don't have to actually have any Jewish blood in order to qualify. Converting to Judaism can be enough.

Israelis tend to be very entrepreneurial and technology savvy, and the country is a home to a youthful and innovative culture. The country has been nicknamed the “Start-Up Nation” for a reason: Fiverr, Waze, Viber… all of these tech startups were founded in Israel.

The people there are highly educated, sophisticated, and refreshingly blunt. The rhythm of life is set to the Jewish calendar, so the workweek starts on Sunday, not Monday. The cultural zeitgeist fosters an openness and a liveliness in discussions. And Israel is a highly family-oriented society; it’s very close-knit and warm.

Of course, one cannot paint a completely rosy picture when talking about Israel. It is literally surrounded by countries that would love to see it wiped off the face of the planet. Israelis know they are under constant threat, and that’s why they have had to create a highly militarized society. The tension is real and ever present.

We also rank Israel as a “Very Expensive” place in our Cost of Living Index, which means that it’s probably not worth considering the country if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option.

But if you can handle the political tensions, the high cost of living, and especially if you have jewish roots or plan on converting to Judaism, then Israel may make sense for you as a Plan B destination. 
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  • Corporate services (company formation, etc.)
  • Real Estate (agents, lawyers)
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Israel Overview
  • Region
    Middle East and North Africa
  • Capital City
  • Largest City
  • Currency
    Israeli new shekel
  • Languages
    Hebrew, Arabic, English
  • Population
    9.6 million (93rd)
  • Life Expectancy
    83.4 years (9th)
  • GDP (Nominal)
    $527.2 billion (28th)
  • GDP/Capita
    $54,948 (18th)
Useful Data
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Cost of Living
    Very expensive (6/7)
  • Climate
    Very comfortable (1/5)
  • Safety
    Not analyzed
  • Pollution
    Average (3/5)
  • English Proficiency
    High (2/5)

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