Data on Israelis travelling abroad in 2016

January 10, 2017

Bottom line:  Last year was the fourth in succession that posted a double-digit increase in the number of trips abroad by Israelis. This is a clear reflection of the improved well-being of large sections of the Israeli public, whose real wages and also their net disposable income have risen, whilst the cost of going abroad has dropped sharply.


  • The number of departures by Israelis to overseas destinations during 2016 totalled 6.78mn last year, a 15% rise over the 5.89mn recorded in 2015.
  • Over the last four years, departures have risen by 15.3% (in 2016), 15.2%, 10.8% and 10.7% (in 2013) — a run that even the staid Central Bureau of Statistics labelled ‘dramatic’.
  • As a result, the number of departures in 2016 was 62% higher than in 2012.
  • The number of Israelis travelling abroad in 2016 (not the same thing as the number of departures) was up 12% over 2015, to 3.5mn.
  • Of these, 60% travelled abroad just once, while 40% travelled two or more times. The average age of all travelers was 40.
  • Trip length: 28% of returning Israelis in 2016 had been abroad for up to four days and a further 40% had spent 5-9 days overseas.
  • The number of departures by air and overland were both up some 15%, in line with the overall increase. However, of the 443,000 departures overland, those to Sinai numbered 208,000 — an increase of 54% over 2015, and this despite the worsening security situation in northern Sinai!

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