How to become a digital nomad in Israel

Become a digital nomad in Israel
Updated 2023-10-20 08:18

Israel, a flourishing land nurtured through determined effort, has consistently prioritized its primary natural asset: human intellect. Throughout its history, Israeli governments have shown a keen commitment to fostering innovation and advancing new technologies.

This has allowed this relatively young Middle Eastern nation, just 75 years old, to establish a strong reputation in this arena, leading to its well-known moniker as the “start-up nation”. Thanks to its thriving economy and policies fostering individual initiative and entrepreneurship, Israel provides an exceptional environment for professional and personal success.

In fact, according to a United Nations study on global happiness, Israel manages to excel in providing a high quality of life despite its challenging geopolitical circumstances, ongoing conflicts, and internal political challenges. Surprisingly, the country has consistently improved its ranking in this regard. In 2022, it was ranked ninth, and as of March 2023, it has risen to an impressive fourth place. For digital nomads, Israel offers a relatively straightforward process with just a B2 tourist visa requirement since they are not engaged in employment or tax obligations within the country.

Why Israel?

Residing in Israel as a digital nomad offers an enriching experience. It is palpable at every turn. Whether you're exploring ancient ruins, visiting archaeological sites, or even just the names of its towns like Jericho, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Saint-Jean-d'Acre, and Jerusalem – each name carries profound significance. Indeed, Israel stands as the cradle of Judeo-Christian culture.

Moreover, although Israel is a small country, it boasts diverse landscapes that will captivate you. From the snow-dusted mountains in the North and the abundant lushness they offer to the sandy deserts of Judea and the Negev, not to mention the beautiful Mediterranean beaches stretching along the country's length and the Red Sea shores in the Gulf of Eilat at its southernmost point, Israel's scenery is nothing short of captivating. You'll find that there's never a dull moment in this country. The lifestyle in Israel's coastal cities is remarkably relaxed, almost giving the impression that everyone is on a perpetual vacation, thanks to the abundance of lively recreational spots throughout the day.

Most Israeli cities are well-equipped to support remote work, with various conveniences available, including cafes and coworking spaces. Amenities like museums, universities, conference centers, buses, and shopping malls provide complimentary Internet access. Israel is in the top 20 countries for internet speed, boasting an average speed of 216.29 Mbps, and the gradual installation of fiber optic networks further enhances connectivity. This makes remote work a breeze. Additionally, you'll find numerous free Wi-Fi hotspots, especially in larger urban centers.

Israel's best cities for digital nomads

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel's second-largest city, is the country's largest metropolis, providing an urban environment that blends liberalism with productivity. This vibrant, modern, and cosmopolitan city has earned the nickname “The Bubble” and is often likened to the “New York of the East” because of its non-stop energy. Israelis affectionately refer to it as their “Big Apple” or playfully as the “Big Orange”. Tel Aviv offers extensive recreational, cultural, and sports activities, along with many restaurants, including some internationally acclaimed gourmet spots and bustling bars. Moreover, its open-to-all beaches provide an ideal backdrop for outdoor relaxation between work commitments and during evenings and weekends.

Tel Aviv takes the lead as the most remote work-friendly city in Israel, offering a staggering 3,000-plus free Internet access points. Additionally, the municipality has set up 80 zones with complimentary Internet access, covering key locations like the city's scenic seafronts, major thoroughfares, and public gardens. Moreover, according to's assessment of the world's most entrepreneurial cities, Tel Aviv is poised to secure the fourth position globally in 2021.

All the ingredients for a fulfilling and enriching experience are readily available for digital nomads here, without losing sight of the importance of enjoying life to the fullest.

The only drawback to this perfect scenario is that Tel Aviv ranks as the world's third most expensive city, trailing only behind New York and Singapore.


Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is a cultural and religious epicenter, revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims as their sacred city. However, this significance has also made it a focal point for numerous conflicts. In Jerusalem, diverse communities coexist, often harmoniously, despite occasional periods of tension. It's a city where you can encounter a broad spectrum of religious devotion and ethnic backgrounds, making it an exceptionally dynamic and fascinating place to reside.

Digital nomads can use complimentary Internet access in all cafes and restaurants. Furthermore, the city's municipality has gone the extra mile by providing this service across entire neighborhoods, from the German Colony to the bustling Mahane Yehuda market and from the prominent downtown streets to the historic city gates, including the iconic Jaffa Gate.

Cultural activities in this ancient city are in abundance as well. The music scene is thriving, with bars featuring intimate concert venues that host diverse and innovative programs, like Mazkeka in the city center. Restaurants often host readings and other cultural events, such as Tmolshilshom.

For spiritually inclined digital nomads, Jerusalem is an indispensable, unforgettable stopover.


The northern capital is renowned for its prestigious technological university, often likened to the American MIT. Unlike Tel Aviv, the primary perk of residing here is the significantly lower cost of living. Nevertheless, this affordability comes with a trade-off: the city offers fewer cultural amenities and limited opportunities for entertainment. However, that doesn't mean it's a dull or uninteresting place to live.

While it may not be the ultimate haven for digital nomads, Haifa remains an intriguing city to explore during your off-hours. It provides a range of recreational activities and a stunning Mediterranean beach equipped with all the essentials for remote work. Notably, the city boasts an impressive tally of over 600 Internet hotspots.

Internet and coworking spaces in Israel

Tel Aviv also leads with the highest number of coworking spaces, offering 131 options for hourly, daily, or even monthly rentals alongside cafes that provide a tranquil remote work environment. In smaller towns, your possibilities will mainly revolve around restaurants. Meanwhile, Jerusalem offers 42 coworking spaces, Haifa has 19, and Ramat-Gan, a Tel Aviv suburb, has 23, to name a few.

Some of Tel Aviv's coworking spaces

The Regus chain has six coworking centers in Tel Aviv:

Urban Place has two locations: one in Ahad Ha'am, 9, and the other in Migdal Shalom.

Park Atidim

NBN Tel-Aviv Hub, Rothschild avenue, 76

TLV Labs, Azrieli Sarona Tower

Mindspace, Ahad Ha'Am St 54

Workroom by Fattal offers a wide range of facilities in and around Tel Aviv:

Some of the coworking spaces in Jerusalem

The Regus chain has two coworking centers in Jerusalem:

3 Kiryat Hamada street and 1 Tzur street, in Mevaseret Tsion

WeWork, King George, 20

Some of Haifa's coworking spaces

Regus chain opens two coworking centers in Haifa

2 Sderot HaPalyam and Matam Park

WeWork Downtown, Derech HaAtsma'ut 45

What you need to know before traveling to Israel

Citizens from 99 countries, including those from the European Union, can enter Israel without needing a visa for visits of up to three months. However, individuals from countries outside this list, known as third-country nationals, must obtain a tourist visa in advance from the consular services of the Israeli embassy in their home country or country of residence before traveling to Israel.

Important information:

To work legally in Israel, you must apply for a special Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs visa.

For more information on coworking spaces:

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