There are a number of reasons that Bahá’ís other than pilgrims may wish to come to the Holy Land, such as a brief visit to the Holy Shrines, to spend time with Israeli relatives, a business trip, or consultation at an Israeli university. Whatever the purpose of their travel to Israel, Bahá’ís must have the permission of the Universal House of Justice for their visit. In each case, the period for which the House of Justice grants permission for the person to come to Israel is determined in accordance with the nature of the visit.
Bahá’ís who wish to come to Israel purely to visit the Holy Shrines are generally permitted to come for a brief visit to the Bahá’í World Centre. They may spend only three nights in the Akká/Haifa area. If they arrive in the Akká/Haifa area after 8:30 p.m., this night’s stay will not count as one of the three nights they are permitted to stay.
If you wish to visit the Holy Land, you may send your request for permission to the World Centre by completing the form below. It is suggested that your request be sent between one and three months before your intended visit.