Travel Request for a Funeral

EMERGENCY TRAVEL TO ISRAEL

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amudim has assisted hundreds of community members with arranging safe emergency travel to Israel, primarily for funerals and medical-related matters, as well as for students. We have updated our website to provide updated information and guidelines for all types of travel to Israel.

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.

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Travel Request for a Funeral

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.

The expected processing time can be the same day or next day.

Documentation Needed

If possible, Please merge all the below items as 1 multi-page pdf file.

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

2) Proof of travel: Booked plane ticket or confirmed travel itinerary – including the return flight

3) Applicant’s Declaration form: you will need one form filled out separately for each passenger. Click here to get the form.

If you are going for less than 24 hours, click here for the appropriate form:
If you are going for 2 weeks or more, click here for the appropriate form:

4) Admission request form: A separate form must be completed for each passenger. Click here to get the form.

5) 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.

6) 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.

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

8) 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)

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. 

Based in Israel

Epstein Insurance:
Phone: 718-874-8213
Email: [email protected]

Based In America

Travelers choice Inc
Phone: (212) 868-8698 x 214
Email: [email protected]

Submitting the Request

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.

Important Notes

1) If you email send an email to [email protected] please made 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 supposed to only enter Israel for a minimum of 2 weeks; however, if you are staying less than 24 hours – they can make exceptions for a funeral only. Therefore, your stay in Israel either needs to be less than 24 hours or more than 2 weeks – If it is a Friday burial, they may permit you to stay over Shabbos and return back to the USA on the Saturday night flight.

6) Please note that Ishurim will only be issued for documented 1st-degree relatives of the deceased (spouse, child, parent, sibling) or a spouse of a 1st-degree relative, only if both spouses are traveling. If there are special circumstances, please call 646-517-0222 ext 999, and discuss it with David right away. 

7) 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. 

8)Once the Ishur is issued – for all flights:

For coming into Israel, including Israelis Click Here

For leaving the country, including Israelis: Click Here

The form can only be filled in within 24 hours of departure. After submitting the form, they have to wait for an approval which they will show proof of on a smartphone, or print out. They won’t be allowed to fly without this form completed correctly.

Only takes 90 sec to fill out and you get an email reply within 5 min with the approval and attached pdf.

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.  

Once an Ishur (Permit) is Issued

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 2 weeks from the date stated in the permit. If the permit was not used within 2 weeks, please reapply for a permit with all the necessary documentation and attach this permit. Reapplying via the same email address you used for your original application: [email protected]
  3. All travelers (each traveler separately) must complete the following steps on the day of their flight prior to arriving to the airport
  4. Fill out and print the following “traveler entry” declaration for each traveler.
    • Click Here to enter the “traveler entry” deceleration page
  5. Fill out and print the following “self-isolation” declaration for each traveler.
    • Click Here to enter the “self-isolation” declaration page

* These two declaration are different from the declaration you
filled out when applying for an entry permit – the “traveler entry” and “self-isolation” declarations are required for each traveler, regardless of nationality or citizenship

* The two declaration will be required for boarding and when landing. Traveler who won’t have both declaration filled out will be delayed at the airport until completing both declarations!

Quarantine Guidance

In order to get an exemption or an early release from quarantine you must be classified as a recovered patient by the Israeli Ministry of Health. You can not even begin the process of asking for an exemption or early release until you have arrived in Israel:

To be defined as recovered, you must send the following documents to [email protected]:

Positive pcr test from abroad

Negative pcr test from abroad

Negative pcr test from Israel.

– Confirmation from a doctor (from Israel) that you have indeed recovered from Corona – if you do not have a health fund or medical insurance, please indicate this in the email.

– Antibody testing is not always accepted (but sometimes it is)

If these documents cannot be provided – you must remain in quarantine for 14 days.

UPDATED OCT 20

On October 12, the Health Ministry announced a process for obtaining quarantine exemptions based on serological (antibodies) tests. However, as of October 19, this process has been suspended.

Hence, the following is currently the only process to request an exemption from quarantine. Even if you are eligible, each passenger must enter quarantine upon arriving in Israel, until he or she receives an exemption from the Ministry of Health. This process is at the discretion of the Health Ministry, meaning they can decide whether or not to grant this exemption.

To request an exemption, the traveler must have recovered from Covid 19 more than 10 days prior to arrival in Israel. Bring a medical summary detailing illness and recovery at least 10 days before your flight.

Provide PCR tests proving the passenger was positive, and then negative for Corona.

Travelers providing this will need either a negative PCR test performed in Israel, antibody test performed in Israel showing positive antibodies, or a letter from an Israeli doctor certifying that the traveler has recovered from Covid (מכתב מחלים).

Once you have one of the above, download and fill out this document. Fill out a separate form for each family member.

Then, email the document, along with all of your test results to [email protected].

You should receive a response within 48 hours. Until you receive a written exemption from the Health Ministry, you must remain in quarantine.

THE REGULATIONS FOR THIS PROCESS CHANGE FREQUENTLY, THIS IS THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION WE HAVE.

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.