Lone Soldier Visit / Sheirut Leumi Visit

Coronavirus TRAVEL Lone Soldier Visit /
Sheirut Leumi Visit

UPDATED June 22, 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

GREAT NEWS FOR STUDENTS NEEDING VISAS: With much gratitude to the dedicated staff at the Israel Consulate in NYC – we can apply for a student visa on your behalf, without you needing an appointment, or going to the consulate.
Click here to see exact instructions. 

American Citizens with a recently expired US passport that need to travel back to the United States Click Here to view more

Changes: There are ongoing policy changes happening rapidly and without advance warning, we will keep updating this page as frequently as we can. 

Contact Information:

Email:  [email protected]

If this is urgent and you need immediate assistance,
Phone: 646-517-0222 ext 999
This phone is being monitored 24/7 for life and death emergencies.

Traveling to Israel to visit a Lone Soldier will be approved only for

- Spouses
- Children
- Parents
- Siblings

of the active Lone Soldier or active Sheirut Leumi Participant.

If possible, please merge all the below items as a 1 multi-page pdf file less than 5 mb.

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

2) Proof of Covid-19 Medical Coverage for all travelers. Click Here for further guidance. 

3) Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination or Proof of Recovery for each traveler. Click here for further guidance (not required)

4) Passenger’s Passports:  A clear image of valid passports for all travelers.

5) Proof of Family Connection between the applicants and a relative residing in Israel (Official documents such as birth certificate, marriage license, etc.)

6) Photocopy of the IDF Service Card and/or approval of a lone soldier signed by the authorities or approval of Sherut Leumi organization for the volunteer
7) Photocopy of a passport of the active lone soldier or  active Sheirut Leumi participant

8) A Letter from the Army stating that they are in active duty (can be gotten from a unit commander)

1) You should attach your PDF file (under 5 mb in size) along with your formal request to the Israeli consulate closest to your point of flight departure. The email address for the NY consulate is [email protected] – a list of all other consulates along with phone numbers and email addresses can be found at – https://www.nbn.org.il/aliyahpedia/aliyah-process/applying-for-aliyah/israeli-embassies-and-consulates-in-north-america-and-the-uk/ (currently a 3 week processing time – but you may submit as early as 4 weeks prior to your flight)

2) You may also have your 1st degree israeli citizen relative submit the request in person with a physical copy of all the documents to an Interior Ministry off in Israel – a list of those offices can be found at – https://www.gov.il/he/departments/Bureaus?OfficeId=95b283ad-fc02-40e6-ac6f-8986acac6b86&UnitId=1eddae0b-7d05-4e72-8991-894454c7a20e&limit=10&fbclid=IwAR2-QEIAcYzAB-1yjt8WVUcbd_-f9tRXSCUKbwP15ouoxct5RumNA-vhTN4 (usually 3-5 day processing time)

3) You can apply directly to the interior ministry either via email at Corona-[email protected] – (normally a 7-10 day processing time)

When submitting your request via email , please include in the text of the email (not the attachment) the following format separately for each traveler:

Primary Traveler:

1 – Name of Traveler (as it appears on passport)
2 – Passport Number
3 – Passport Issuing Country
4 – Category of Eligibility (1st degree relative, funeral, new birth, wedding, etc…..)
5 – Travel Date

Additional Traveler:
same format as above

Please allow the appropriate time for processing and issuance of each request – Requests should not be submitted more than 4 weeks prior to the scheduled travel date indicated in the request documents.

For true emergencies such as a funeral, documented life threatening medical emergency , or unusually extreme extenuating circumstances, you may reach us at [email protected] to see if you qualify for our office to request an expedited approval process on an emergency basis.

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 6/15/2021


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 and history, 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 of the following 4 levels 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.
The 4 levels of quarantine are as follows:
A) 0 DAYS – NO QUARANTINE REQUIRED – Those who were fully vaccinated in Israel and have an Israeli ministry of health vaccination record, those who previously had covid while in israel and have a ministry of health issued recovery letter (michtav machlim / teudat machlim), or have an israeli government issued green pass – will not be required to quarantine at all
B) 1-3 DAYS – Those that have proof of vaccination outside of Israel, Proof of Previous covid diagnosis and recovery from Covid outside of Israel via a formal letter from a doctor or medical Facility, or have a recent positive antibody test from outside of Israel.  Anybody fitting the above category, will be permitted to take a serological antibody test at a Ministry of Health approved Testing site.  If you test positive for antibodies, you can then submit those results to the Ministry of health with a request for quarantine exemption.
The list of government testing sites in Hebrew can be found here

To view the list in English, click here

A list of government approved private testing sites, that we have found to be reliable, can be found here
C) 10 Days – Upon arrival in the Airport in Israel – you can take a pcr covid test and another pcr covid test at any Ministry of Health approved testing site on your 9th day in Israel.  If both of those pcr covid tests are negative, you can submit both results to the ministry of health with a request for exemption/early release from quarantine.
D) 14 DAYS – you can choose not to do any testing and remain in isolation for a full 14 days.  You will receive an email from the ministry of health detailing the date and time of your release from quarantine, based upon 14 days from the date and time of your arrival in Israel.
If you have any further questions regarding quarantine guidelines and exemption process you may reach the ministry of health from any phone in Israel by dialing *5400 or visiting their website at https://www.gov.il/en/departments/guides/corona-quarantine


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 day1