HONG KONG PARTICIPANTS
Welcome to the El-Araj Excavation Project, a possible location of biblical Bethsaida.
All Hong Kong participants are to consult with HaDavar Yeshiva who will be able to provide you with the cost of the trip, a payment schedule and other trip information.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN ISRAEL
Currently in Israel there is some confusion as to whether or not a person attending an excavation as a volunteer is or is not required to obtain a B/2 Visa (work visa) in advance of entering Israel rather than the customary "Tourist" Visa upon arrival. Since you are a volunteer and not “working” in Israel receiving any form of compensation, technically you are not required to have a B/2 Visa (a work visa). Others in government are arguing you do need a B/2 Visa. Since the matter of a B/2 Visa is not well defined by the government of Israel at this time it is best to avoid the word “excavation” when you arrive in Israel and present yourself at the Passport Control booth at the Tel Aviv airport. At Passport Control, when you are asked the question …. Why are you in Israel? …. Answer the question by saying …. I am a tourist. I am here to join a two-week tour of Israel. This is a true statement since you will be touring during the two weeks and it will satisfy your visa entry as a “tourist” into Israel. Only remember to avoid saying the word “excavation” at Passport Control in order to avoid any unnecessary confusion when you enter Israel. Entry circumstances may change next year or the year after but for now you are to declare yourself as a tourist visiting Israel on a tour.