Travel Request for a Funeral

Coronavirus TRAVEL Travel Request for a Funeral

UPDATED July 16, 2021
For a general overview of all travelers, including Israeli citizens and foreign nationals Click Here
For a detailed overview of specific situations and appropriate links Click Here

Updated Instructions for Submitting an Entry Permit / Ishur Application and Re-submitting an Existing Unanswered Application – Click here for further details

Click here to be taken to Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Entry Permit Application Form

Updated Vaccinations / Recovery Policy: ALL foreign nationals seeking to enter Israel, regardless of age, MUST provide proof of COVID vaccinations or have proof of COVID recovery. Click Here for more

Legal Disclaimer: Due to the continuously ongoing changes, that often happen without advance warning – Amudim attempts to keep this information up to date. Amudim assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided, as changes in Israeli government policy occur frequently. Amudim also does not guarantee results and can not be held responsible for the outcome of an application request.

Amudim’s No Fee Policy:
Consistent with Amudim’s mission and values, the organization maintains a strict no-fee policy. We neither charge for our myriad services nor solicit donations in exchange for results. Should anyone hear of an incident where monies were requested by Amudim personnel or affiliates in exchange for services, whether as a charge or by donation, please report the incident to us immediately by email to [email protected] We take such allegations very seriously and will swiftly and efficiently investigate and address all such reports.

Contact Information:

Amudim is helping with life and death emergencies, medical emergencies, and student visas we are not taking calls at the moment please send an email with as much information as possible to [email protected]

People may still apply to travel to Israel for the funeral of a 1st-degree relative only.
These trips cannot be longer than 24 hours. Children in Law, Siblings in Law, and Grandchildren and NOT eligible for funeral travel.​

In order to enter Israel, even with a valid permit, a person MUST have a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR test,.
performed not more than 72 hours prior to his or her departure to the State of Israel. Rapid Tests are not sufficient.

Important Note: Amudim does not charge fees for any service we provide for the community..
Should anyone claim that he/she was asked to pay for assistance, please email [email protected] right away, and let us know.

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 999, 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) Passenger’s Driver’s License: A clear image of the valid driver’s license for all travelers who have one

3) Admission Request and Declaration Forms: you will need one form filled out for each passenger. Click here to get the form.

4) 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.

5) 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.

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

7) 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)

8) 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.

9) 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

10)  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)

11) Health insurance COVID-19 Specific: Proof of health insurance policy, explicitly stating in writing coverage for COVID 19 during your stay in Israel. The coverage dates must match your itinerary dates.

You may call either of the following insurance companies or anyone else you choose (We do not have any ties to these companies, only that they have a good reputation and good track record for this specific insurance):

This insurance is not needed for those who will be in Israel for less than 24 hours. 

    1. Travelers choice Inc
      Phone: (212) 868-8698 x 214
      Email: [email protected]
    2. Epstein Insurance:
      Phone: 718-874-8213
      Email: [email protected]

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 999.

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) Please note that you are obligated to remain in Israel for the duration of each individual travelers quarantine period.
However, if you are traveling for a funeral, you may enter and exit Israel within less than 24 hours. This exception applies to funerals only.

6) 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 999, 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. The ishur /  permit is valid for whatever time period is stated in the permit. If the permit was not used within that time frame, please reapply for a permit with all the necessary documentation and attach the unused permit, reapplying via the same email address you used for your original application.
  3. In order to check-in at the airport, each traveler must show a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the flight departure time.
  4. All travelers must complete the following “traveler entry” declaration separately for each traveler.
    • Click Here to enter the “traveler entry” deceleration page
    • After completing the Travel Entry Declaration page, you will receive and email (within 2-3 min after completion). Please print that email and bring it with you to the airport.

Latest Update as of 9/3/2021

Note: There are new rules set to take effect on October 1st, 2021, and we will update those changes when they become official.

Click here for the list of  high risk and low risk countries.

All persons entering the State of Israel at this time, regardless of citizenship, are obligated to adhere to all of the rules of quarantine, as determined by the Ministry of Health upon your arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.

Depending on each traveler’s individual circumstances, history, and where they are traveling from – a determination will be made upon arrival (there is no mechanism to make a request until you have already landed in Israel) as to which level of quarantine each traveler will be obligated to adhere to.

Foreigners leaving Israel before the end of the isolation period or found to be in violation of quarantine regulations without special approval from the Israeli authorities, violate the laws of the State of Israel and face a penalty of future denial of entry and up to A 5 YEAR ENTRY BAN INTO ISRAEL

Israeli Citizens found to be in violation of quarantine guidelines risk a significant fine from the government (up to 10,000 shekels per person / per violation) and potentially being denied the ability to leave the country until those fines are paid in full.

For an up to date list of what countries are considered high risk and low risk, please visit the following link.  Please not this information can change quickly and without advanced warning.  We therefore strongly advise that you check this list prior to flying Click here for the list.

See Below for Current Quarantine Information for those recovered from COVID or Vaccinated outside of Israel, In a Yellow Country (Including the USA, England, and most countries of the world). (Rules for those who recovered or were vaccinated inside of Israel are found lower on this page).
  1. All travelers returning from these countries, including vaccinated or recovered persons will be required to observe quarantine. Quarantine is 14 days, but can be shortened to 7 days.
  2. In order to shorten the Quarantine/Bidud period from 14 days to 7 days – you will need 2 negative pcr test results – the 1st that was taken upon arrival at the airport in Israel and a 2nd test taken on day # 7 from when you arrived. If both tests come back negative, you are released from quarantine and free to travel freely both within Israel and free to fly out of Israel.
See Below for Updated Quarantine Information for those recovered from COVID or Vaccinated inside Israel. (Rules for those who recovered or were vaccinated outside of Israel see above).
On September 3rd, 2021, new rules regarding quarantine have gone into effect by the Israel Ministry of Health. The new rules he rules allow passengers who have recovered or been vaccinated IN Israel to largely avoid quarantine when arriving from Orange countries. Click here to see what country you are coming from is considered. (we will add the link to the Israel government website where one can check) As of now, all travelers arriving in Israel from Orange countries are required to quarantine for between 7 and 14 days, even if they are vaccinated or recovered.
When arriving in Israel from Orange countries, the following individuals will be able to avoid quarantine: 1) Persons who have received 3 vaccines (after a week has passed from the third vaccine). 2) Persons who have received 2 vaccines, if the second vaccine was within the last 6 months. 3) Persons who have recovered from Covid in the past 6 months or less. 4) Persons who have recovered from Covid at any time in the past, who have received at least one vaccine.
In all of the above situations, passengers will be permitted to exit quarantine upon receiving negative PCR test results or when 24 hours have passed, whichever comes first.
At this time, it appears that the new rules will NOT apply to persons vaccinated abroad, though is always subject to change.