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Travel Request for a Funeral

EMERGENCY TRAVEL TO ISRAEL

UPDATE JANUARY 6, 2021

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.

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

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

4) 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:
(This link has been disabled as of Jan 6, 2021, due to the new guidelines, allowing 1st-degree relatives only, and for 24 hours or less). If you are going for 2 weeks or more, click here for the appropriate form:

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

6) 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.

7) 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.

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

9) 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)

10) 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

11)  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) 

12) 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]

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

Latest Update as of 12/16/2020

UPDATED QUARANTINE GUIDANCE:

Updated Quarantine Exemption Guidance for those traveling to Israel from The United States

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

Any person arriving in Israel from a red country, including the United States is obligated to adhere to a full 14-day quarantine beginning from the time they arrive in Israel.

You can not even begin the process of asking for an exemption or early release until you have arrived in Israel.

The Ministry of Health in Israel can be contacted by phone from Israel at *5400

The link for the Ministry of Health Exemption request is https://govforms.gov.il/mw/forms/[email protected]

If you are already in Israel and have an emergency need to return back to the USA or in need of an emergency exemption to attend the funeral of a 1st-degree relative or to visit a 1st-degree family member with an end of life medical condition – please reach out to us and we will try to assist.  This is for true life/death emergencies ONLY

Antibody Results Do Not Help – please see the following post from our partners and friends at Chaim V’Chesed: https://chaimvchessed.com/antibody-quarantine-exemption-to-be-reinstated/

There are 2 categories of exemption, which we will list here and detail the process for in further detail below:

1) Full exemption after 2-4 days for recovered patients (2-4 day approval time)

2) Full exemption after 10 days for covid-negative travelers (approval on the 10th day from arrival)

1 – Full exemption after 2-4 days for recovered patients

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.

If you have fallen ill and recovered abroad, you should contact the company bikurofe.

Please note that the service will be provided for a fee of 200 NIS + TAX.

When applying with Bikurofe, the following documents must be attached:

  1. Positive PCR test result from abroad.
  2. Negative PCR test result from abroad.
  3. Negative PCR test results, which were done after your arrival in Israel.

How to contact the company bikurofe:

By email: [email protected]

Phone number: 03-6272366

Hours of operation: 7:00am to 11:00pm (all week, including Friday-Shabbat).

Bikurofe will process the paperwork with the Ministry of health to then give if necessary a permit to leave quarantine or to fly.

If one has a letter from any other dr., they should send the following to [email protected] as attachments:

  1. Positive PCR test result from abroad.
  2. Negative PCR test result from abroad.
  3. Negative PCR test result from the country.
  4. A letter from an Israeli doctor certifying that the traveler has recovered from Covid (אישור החלמה).
  5. A copy of the passport.

Once the above has been processed a permit should be given by the Ministry of Health.

It is important to note, without getting the permit from the Ministry of Health (not the dr. or bikurofe), one may not leave their quarantine location.

2 – Full exemption after 10 days for covid-negative travelers (approval on the 10th day from arrival)

On Sunday, December 13, the Ministry of Health further shortened the quarantine period to as short as 10 days, under certain circumstances.

Quarantine may be shortened to 10 days, according to the following rules:

  1. The individual must take a PCR test for Covid as soon as he or she begins quarantine. Persons in quarantine are only permitted to test for Corona at special Drive-in testing centers. A list of these locations can be found here.
  2. They must then undergo a second PCR test on the ninth day of quarantine.
  3. In the event that both tests are negative, notification that the person may exit quarantine after 10 days will be sent by SMS or telephone call.
  4. If one does not receive notification from the Health Ministry, they are required to complete the full 14-day quarantine.

This new rule took effect on December 15, at 12 AM. As above, one may only exit quarantine early if they receive notification from the Health Ministry

This new rule applies both to passengers arriving from Red countries, and to persons who have been in contact with confirmed Covid patients.

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.