Traveling to Israel – Foreign parent of an Israeli child

A foreign parent of a minor Israeli child who resides in Israel.

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.

 

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Do I Qualify?

The guidelines below are for those who are the parent of a minor child, where the child is an Israeli Citizen and living in Israel.

Documents Required for Upload

Copy of the passenger's passport

You will need to upload a clear photo of the Applicants Passport.

The maximum document size allowed is 1200 KB. You may use a free tool such as https://compressjpeg.com/ to compress your images.

Medical Status

This can be a proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery from COVID.

You can upload:

  1. A copy of your COVID Vaccination Card
      1. A letter from a doctor confirming that you have fully recovered from COVID
      2. A letter from a doctor confirming that you have fully recovered from COVID.
      3. A PCR showing you were positive for COVID and A PCR showing the you were negative for COVID.
        You can merge both PCR test results by using a free online tool such as https://www.filesmerge.com/merge-jpg to create one file from both images.
 
Click Here for more information on Vaccination / Recovery 
Proof of Covid-19 Medical Coverage

You will see the question:

In order to be able to travel to Israel, your answer must be “Yes”

Click Here for more information on Health Insurance

Obligation to comply with all Israeli authority's COVID-19 limitations and instructions

You need to fill out the Health Declaration Form.

Click Here to be directed to our online form filler. Fill out the information of the applicant

After submitting the form, you will be re-directed to your completed and signed form. Make sure to download your completed form to upload it with your application.

Proof of Relationship

Document of the Minor Child, and the other parent:

  1. Teudat Zehut/Toshav: Clear copy of the Teudat Zehut/Toshav of the applicants minor child
  2. Birth Certificate: Clear copy of the birth certificate of the applicants minor child. This must lists the applicant as the parent.
  3. Israeli Passport: Clear copy of the Israeli Passport  of the applicants minor child. 
  4. Passport: Clear copy of the passport of the other parent.
  5. Custody agreement for the minor: Clear copy of your custody agreement for your minor child.

The maximum document size allowed is 1200 KB per document. You may use a free tool such as https://compressjpeg.com/ to compress your images.

Application for an Entry Permit

Once you have prepared your required documents, it is time to start filling out the Application for an entry permit to Israel .

Visit https://govforms.gov.il/mw/forms/[email protected]#!requestDetails  where you will see an application open with a unique “Application Number”

If you are traveling with others, start by clicking “Make a copy” until you have enough applications opened for each passenger traveling.

Start filling out your application, and when you get to “Medical Status”, upload your proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery from COVID.

View more information under Documents Required  > Medical Status

For the question:

In order to be able to travel to Israel, your answer must be “Yes” 
Upload your proof of Health Insurance

View more information under Documents Required > Proof of Covid-19 Medical Coverage

If you will be traveling with other family members, who are applying for permits, make sure to check yes.

Add up to 5 family members by entering their Application Number.

Travel Details:

Purpose of traveling to the State of Israel:

Choose “A foreign parent of a minor Israeli child who resides in Israel”

Obligation to comply with all Israeli authority’s COVID-19 limitations and instructions:

Upload your signed and completed Health Declaration Form.

If you haven’t already, Click Here to be directed to our online form filler. Fill out the information of the applicant.

After submitting the form, you will be re-directed to your completed and signed form. Make sure to download your completed form to upload it with your application.

Copy of a passport or Teudat Zehut/Toshav of the first-degree relative, residing in Israel:

Upload a clear copy of your child’s Teudat Zehut/Toshav 

Copy of the passport of the foreign parent:

Upload a clear copy the passport of the other parent.

Copy of the Israeli passport of the child:

Upload a clear copy of your minor child’s Israeli Passport.

The child’s birth certificate:

Upload a clear copy of your minor child’s birth certificate, this must have your name listed as a parent.

Custody agreement for the minor:

Upload a clear copy of your custody agreement for your minor child.

Submit your form

Click “Send” when you are ready to submit your document, and you will then receive an automatic reply to your email telling you that your application has been submitted. It will also include the attachments you submitted so you can confirm everything looks okay.

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.

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

5) Proof of Relationship: Birth certificate of the minor child which lists the traveler as the parent.

6) If Traveling as a Couple: Marriage license of the traveling couple.

7) Israeli Passport of your minor child you are going to visit.

 
8) Custody Agreement: Clear copy of the formal legal custody agreement or court granting the traveling parent visitation rights with the israeli minor child

Effective Immediately and without advanced notice , the Israeli government has instituted the following method. All ishur / entry permit requests going forward, as well as those previously submitted, but not yet approved – should be submitted thru an online portal found by:  Clicking Here

For the full list of documentation needed based on your specific category of eligibility, please visit our website by Clicking Here

In cases of funerals and documented life threatening medical emergencies only – we will still be able to review your documents, submit them on your behalf, and push for expedited approval

The below text (hebrew and english) is what the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked us to share with the public:

שלום,

מדינת ישראל שינתה את אופן הגשת הבקשות להיתר כניסה לישראל.

לצורך הגשת בקשה, יש למלא טופס מקוון ולצרף את כל המסמכים הנדרשים לצורך בחינתה.

שימו לב!

  1. במקרה של יותר מנוסע/ת אחד/ת – כל נוסע/ת נדרש/ת למלא טופס מקוון בנפרד.
  2. עליכם לצרף את כל המסמכים הנדרשים לבקשה. לרשימת המסמכים המלאה, אנא בקרו באתר הנציגות (לחצו כאן)
  3. בקשות שיוגשו ללא כלל המסמכים הנדרשים יידחו ויהיה צורך להגישן בשנית
  4. יש לשלוח את הבקשות כ-4 שבועות לפני מועד הטיסה
  5. בקשות יטופלו במסגרת 20 ימי עסקים מיום שליחת הטופס המקוון

לאור השינוי, בקשות שהתקבלו עד כה באמצעות הדוא”ל מוחזרות למבקשים ולא יטופלו.

במידה שבקשתכם רלוונטית, אנא לחצו כאן למילוי הטופס המקוון.

Hello,

The State of Israel has changed the manner in which applications for entry into Israel are submitted.

In order to submit an application, one must fill out an online form and attach all the documents required for the application.

PLEASE NOTE!

  1. In the case of more than one passenger – each passenger is required to fill out an online form separately.
  2. You must attach all the required documents to the application. For the full list of documents, please visit the consulate’s website (click here)
  3. Applications submitted without all the required documents will be rejected and will need to be submitted again
  4. Requests must be sent about 4 weeks before the flight date
  5. Applications will be processed within 20 business days from the date of submission of the online form

Due to the change, requests received so far via email are returned to applicants and will not be processed.

If your request is relevant, please Click Here to fill out the online form.

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 10/3/2021

Updated Guidelines for those who were vaccinated and/or recovered OUTSIDE of Israel and from a country that is NOT part of the EU agreement, for example, the United States and Canada.

Legal Disclaimer: This information was taken from the Ministry of Health updated guidelines, which were published in Hebrew, and Amudim does not assume any responsibility for any typographical error or any error in translation.

One can always call *5400, which is the Ministry of Health hotline, and request updated information. It is strongly suggested that you either speak Hebrew or have someone on the phone with you that speaks Hebrew, as not all the operators understand and speak English fluently.

There are 3 categories of persons as far as the Ministry of Health is concerned.

  1. Persons who were vaccinated abroad
  2. Persons who had COVID and recovered abroad
  3. Persons who had COVID and were vaccinated abroad
      • ● # 2 and 3, are listed below in section 2, as the rules are similar.

In Detail:

  1. Persons who were vaccinated abroad and want to be released from quarantine
      • In order to request a release from quarantine and to request a Green Pass, those who took the Pfizer vaccine, must have had their recent dose at least 1 week prior to the request, and within the previous 6 months. For those who were vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine, the most recent dose must have been administered at least 2 weeks prior and within the previous 6 months, to make the request. (There is a lack of clarity as it relates to all other approved vaccines, but it seems to be that the most recent dose must have been administered 1 week prior to, and within the previous 6 months, to make the request, like the rules for the Pfizer vaccine). Upon arrival to Israel, you need to take a PCR test at the airport (which is required anyway for all incoming passengers), and a serology (Antibody) test, which is offered at the airport as well. Once you have the results of both in hand, you should call *5400 and request the Quarantine Exemption.
  2. Persons who had COVID and recovered abroad and Persons who had COVID and were vaccinated abroad. (If you were vaccinated before your illness, you CAN NOT use serology as proof of being sick).
      • Persons who had COVID and recovered when abroad and want to be released from Quarantine (Bidud) MUST have at least one 1 dose of an approved vaccine, details below. They also have to have had the onset of illness at least 10 days prior to travel.
    • A person in this category should have proof of having COVID; either a positive PCR test result, antigen test, and/or positive antibodies from a serology test. If the proof of illness is based on a serology test, they must have the vaccine dose administered AFTER the date of the serology test. You will need to have access to the actual documentation. Upon arrival to Israel, you need to take a PCR test at the airport (which is required anyway for all incoming passengers), and a serology (Antibody) test, which is offered at the airport as well. Once you have the results of both in hand, you should call *5400 and request the Quarantine Exemption.

For anyone not in the above categories, the rule of 7 days with PCR proof still applies. That is as follows. Upon arrival in Israel, you must take a PCR test, and on day 7 you must take a PCR test. Once you have both test results, and they are negative for COVID, technically you are released, but it is strongly recommended that you call *5400, and request an official release request, as we have had many instances where people went to the airport, and the system did not show that they can leave Israel and were stuck for another day or two, getting the proof from the Ministry of Health.

Important Note: Having a Green Pass (Tav Yarok) does NOT exempt a person from the Quarantine (Bidud) requirements. The proper document for the release must come from the Ministry of Health, which as stated above, is done by calling *5400

Note of advice: It is always best if you have an Israeli cell phone #, which you should use when completing your “Preflight declaration form” (The one required to be completed within 24 hours of your flight to Israel – not to be confused with your entry permit application), and use that same # for the PCR and Serology testing. There are 2 reasons for this: One is that they generally send the release via SMS, in addition the system at *5400 reads the caller ID to identify the person.

Note: There are reports about a system where these documents can all be uploaded and stored prior to a flight, but that is not active yet. We will update this page when and if that happens.

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