Updated Information on Israel Travel for Relatives

NEW YORK -
El Al plane parked at the Ben Gurion Airport, April 18, 2021. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

Chaim V’Chessed has detailed new guidelines who can visit Israel, according to the Interior Ministry.

All requests must be emailed to consular.services@newyork.mfa.gov.il, or the nearest Israeli Embassy or Consulate.

In order to receive a permit from the local Israeli Consulate, aspiring travelers who are first-degree relatives (parent, sibling or child) of an Israeli citizen and permanent relatives of Israel need to present the following documents:

  • Copy of the passport of the Israeli citizens/permanent relatives
  • Copy of passport of the applications
  • Proof of relationship between the applicant and the relative
  • Proof of health insurance valid in Israel that will cover Covid-19
  • Plane ticket to Israel
  • Documentation of recovery or vaccination certificate
  • For parents meeting a minor child: photocopy of Israeli child’s passport, the child’s birth certificate, and a proof of custody agreement
  • This affidavit filled out

For those with first-degree relatives in Israel suffering from medical emergencies, relatives may receive expedited permission to travel to Israel. The following documents are required:

  • Copy of the passport or ID of the ill relative
  • Copy of applicants passports
  • Birth certificates, proving relationship between the applicants and the patient
  • A medical summary from the hospital or attending physician attesting to the critical state of the patient
  • Proof of health insurance valid in Israel that will cover Covid-19
  • Plane ticket to Israel
  • These affidavits, filled out separately for each applicant

Additionally, if chas v’shalom it is a life-or-death situation, relatives are urged to call Mr. David Kushner, Amudim’s Director of Government Relations, at 646-517-0222 EXT 999, or email travelhelp@amudim.org.

Parents of student visa holders may visit for the birth of a grandchild within 30 days. The following documents are required:

  • Copies of both parents passports and visas
  • Birth certificate of baby, or doctor’s letter
  • Copy of passports of all applicants
  • Birth certificate proving relationship between the grandparents and the student residing in Israel
  • Proof of health insurance valid in Israel that will cover Covid-19
  • Plane ticket to Israel
  • This affidavit filled out

For weddings of non-Israeli citizens, the chosson and kallah and their parents need permission to enter Israel. The following documents are required:

  • Copies of the passport or ID of the related chosson or kallah
  • Copy of application passports
  • Birth certificates, proving relationship between the applicants and the chosson  or kallah
  • Plane ticket to Israel
  • Proof of health insurance that will cover Covid-19
  • A plane ticket to Israel
  • This affidavit, filled out separately for each applicant

For the funerals of first-degree relatives, visitors may only enter Israel for 24 hours to attend. The following documents are required:

  • Copy of passport or ID all applicants
  • Copy of passport or ID of the deceased
  • Proof of relationship between the deceased and the applicant, such as birth or marriage certificates
  • Certificate of death and or burial approval in Israel
  • Proof of health insurance valid in Israel that will cover Covid-19
  • Plane ticket to Israel
  • This affidavit, filled out separately for each applicant