Travel Request for a Funeral

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This page is only for People that need to travel to Israel for the funeral of a 1st-degree relative and do not meet the current vaccination/eligibility requirements of the general public. 

A first degree relative is defined as the spouse, child, or sibling of the deceased.

As of 2/1/2022 This may include the spouse of a 1st degree relative as well, if that spouse also does not meet the current vaccination criteria – only if accompanying their spouse who is the 1st degree relative. (I.E. A son in law can not go in place of his wife, but may accompany her for emotional support)

Grandchildren of the deceased are NOT considered 1st degree relatives.

In order to enter Israel, even with a valid permit, the traveler MUST have a negative COVID test result, click here for details.

Please see all instructions below, and email [email protected] if you have any questions. If this is urgent and you need immediate assistance, please call David Kushner, Amudim’s Director of Government Relations, at 646-517-0222 ext 218, 24 hours a day.

If possible, Please merge all the below items as 1 multi-page pdf file – No larger than 10 mb.

1) Passenger’s Passport: A clear image of valid passports for all travelers

2) Admission Request and Declaration Forms: you will need one set of forms filled out for each passenger separately. Click here to get the form.

3) Chevra Kadisha (Israeli Burial Society) Letter: A letter from the Israeli Chevra Kadisha on their letterhead confirming that they are handling the funeral. You should be able to get this from the American funeral home you are dealing with, or you can provide David with the name of the American funeral home and he will get it from them directly.

4) A copy of the death certificate: The death certificate MUST show that the burial is taking place in Israel if the person passed away outside of Israel. This should be provided by the funeral home or undertaker. You can tell them that the “working copy” is okay to be sent, as that is available much sooner; or you can provide David with the name of the American funeral home you are dealing with and he will get it from them directly.

5) A copy of the deceased’s passport: (current or expired)

6) Birth Certificate for Children: For children of the deceased looking to travel, a copy of each child’s birth certificate. (The birth certificate must list the deceased as the mother/father of the child requesting permission to travel)

7) For any children of the deceased whose name on their current passport is different then the name on their Birth Certificate (ie a married daughter who took her husbands last name) We will need an official document explaining the name change – such as a Marriage License or a Court Order.

8) Marriage Certificate for the surviving spouse: For the spouse of the deceased looking to travel, a clear copy of the marriage certificate between the deceased and the traveling spouse

9)  Birth Certificate for Sibling(s): For the sibling(s) of a deceased looking to travel, a copy of each sibling’s birth certificate, as well as a copy of the birth certificate of the deceased. (The birth certificate must list the same names of the mother and father as is on the descendant’s birth certificate)

For a Spouse of 1st degree relative:

  1. A clear image of a valid passport
  2. Admission Request and Declaration Forms: Click here to get the form.
  3. Marriage license between the traveling spouse and the 1st degree relative of the deceased

Once you have all of the above documents in order, please try to merge them into a multi-page PDF if you can, and email it to [email protected] Please put in the subject line of the email “Emergency Travel Request for a Funeral.” Feel free to call David Kushner at any time if you have any questions regarding this process at 646-517-0222 ext 218.

Once we have reviewed the email and determined that it is complete, we will submit it to the consulate for approval on your behalf.

1) If you email send an email to [email protected] please make sure to include your phone number.

2) As rules and policies keep changing rapidly, there are no guarantees – but we will try our best. The faster you gather the needed documentation – the more likely the permit will be approved and issued in time.

3) A travel permit is not needed for any passengers that are citizens of Israel and that have a valid Israeli Passport

4) Once everything is confirmed and the travel permit is issued, we will share contact info with you for our colleagues on the ground in Israel who can assist you with any questions, concerns, or logistics from when you arrive in Israel until your departure from Israel.

5) We must speak to the traveler directly before making any requests if more than one person is traveling; there needs to be only one family member we are communicating with on behalf of all travelers.

If you have any additional questions, please email [email protected]. If this is urgent and you need immediate assistance, please call David Kushner, Amudim’s Director of Government Relations, at 646-517-0222 ext 218, 24 hours a day.

Important Follow up steps for you:

  1. Make sure the spelling of your name and passport # on the permit match exactly the name and passport # on your passport
  2. Please click here to see exactly what you need to bring with you to the airport