Business FAQs

Read the 2011 Investment Climate Statement on the West Bank and Gaza for an overview of the foreign investment climate.

Visit the SelectUSA.gov website to obtain general information about investing in or importing to the United States. SelectUSA seeks to highlight the many advantages the United States offers as location for business and investment. From a vast domestic market, to a transparent legal system, to the most innovative companies in the world, America is the place for business. On the website you can browse business incentives offered by different states and territories.

Contact the Economic Section and the Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Consulate General to discuss your interests and needs.

For information regarding business visas please visit the State Department’s website or the Visa Section for detailed information.

For information on entry and exit procedures for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, visit this website.
Most business visitors enter the West Bank through Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Crossing between Israel and Jordan or through Ben Gurion Tel Aviv International Airport. The Government of Israel controls entry and exit through both, as well as the crossing points located between Israel and the West Bank. The Gaza Strip has one crossing point with Israel (Erez) and one crossing point with Egypt (Rafah). Entry and exit requirements change frequently. Travelers who enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing from Egypt must also exit through the Rafah crossing. The Israeli authorities do not permit such travelers to exit through the Erez crossing into Israel except in situations of extreme humanitarian need. A no-charge, three-month Israeli tourist visa may be issued upon arrival and may be renewed, and foreign nationals wishing to invest in the West Bank can apply for a longer term investment visas from the Government of Israel.

Additional information is available on the Israeli Ministry of Defense’s Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories’ website (PDF – 73KB). The Government of Israel at times has declined to admit U.S. citizens wishing to visit, work, or travel to the West Bank or Gaza. Information on business visas to Israel can be found on this website.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has hosted several large investment conferences, most recently in Bethlehem in June 2010, which attracted over 1,000 potential investors and business representatives. Over 100 projects were presented at the conference, and further information on these and other projects is available on this website. The PA has tentative plans to host another investment conference in 2012.

Additional information on trade shows is available at this website.

The Palestine Investment Promotion Agency and the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy are the best PA contacts for Americans seeking additional information on doing business with Palestinian companies.