Israel Import Restrictions


In order to enter Israel, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Israel government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Israel, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Israel.

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from Israel authorities before posting:

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  • Animals and animal products
  • Beverages and alcoholic fluids
  • Chemical products
  • Cigarettes exceeding 600 units
  • Clothing and footwear- soiled
  • Computer cards not sent in a letter
  • Electronic equipment
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Fish and fish products
  • Firearms
  • Food products
  • Meat and meat products
  • Medicines
  • Precious stones
  • Plants and vegetables
  • Postage stamps, monthly value exceeding 100 new Israeli shekels
  • Razor blades
  • Records, films and cassettes
  • Tobacco or tobacco products exceeding 600 g.
  • Waxes
  • Weapons and parts of weapons

Gifts

Israel admits gifts for the personal use of the addressee if:

  • the item is not a restricted or prohibited import
  • the sender has declared the contents
  • the weight of the article does not exceed 20 kg.

Special documentation requirements

The addressee must provide an import licence for all types of goods except immigrant’s personal effects and gifts. Commercial goods require an invoice attached either to the outside of the article or to the customs documentation. An invoice on any item speeds customs clearance.

Prohibitions

In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Israel prohibits:

  • Animals, live
  • Animal of vegetable fats and oils
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bacteria
  • Birds eggs
  • Dairy products except canned powdered milk
  • Diamonds
  • Edible fruit, seeds and nuts
  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof
  • Fertilizers
  • Fish and crustaceans
  • Firearms
  • Food colouring
  • Games of chance
  • Jewellery, precious stones, metals
  • Lottery tickets and circulars
  • Pearls and coins
  • Plants, parts of plants and products of plants
  • Photographic or cinematographic goods
  • Prepared foodstuffs
  • Publications, and other products of the printing industry- offensive by nature
  • Soil, earth and organic matter
  • Spices over 1 kg
  • Weapons.

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