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Passports

Submitting Your Passport Copy

You are required to submit a copy of the inside cover page of your passport — the page with your picture and passport number. If you haven’t done so already, upload your passport copy in section five of your Secondary Application. If you have a problem with the upload, you can also email it to [email protected], or fax it to 1-202-315-3269. Finally, if you did not post your passport number when you first registered, please submit this required information to your Primary Application.

Passport Expiration Rules

All visitors to Israel must arrive with passports that do not expire with six moths from the date that you land in Israel. If your passport expires under six months from the start of your trip, you will need to renew your passport immediately or you may not be allowed entry into Israel. Please do not test this…

Requirements for an Israeli Citizen or child of an Israeli citizen

If either of your parents are citizens of Israel or if you lived in Israel at some point in the past, it is your responsibility to make sure that your status with the Israeli Defense Forces is worked out and clear. If you hold an Israeli passport, you must enter Israel with your Israeli passport. If either of your parents are Israeli citizens, you may still have obligations to the State of Israel that must be worked out prior to your trip even if you do not have an Israeli passport.

It is critical that you take care of these matters before you arrive in Israel. If you do not take care of these matters prior to your trip, you may be obligated to stay in Israel by the Israeli government until resolution. If this applies to you, you will be solely responsible for your own situation and any costs involved. Again, we highly recommend that you be extremely cautious about these matters and contact one of the regional Israel consulate offices below if you have any questions.

Visa

Visa Requirements for Entering Israel

If you plan to travel to Israel on a US or Canadian passport, you do NOT need a visa to enter Israel. If you are traveling on a passport from another country (e.g. Russia, Ukraine, etc.) you may need to obtain a visa to enter Israel. If you will be traveling to Israel on a United States “Travel Document”, you will definitely need a visa and you should contact your local Israel consulate immediately. For more information, please contact one of the regional Israel consulate offices below.

Visa Requirements for Connection Transit

It is important to check if a visa is required for transit in the country they are connecting in.  It is YOUR responsibility to check that you have all proper documents that are needed  to avoid issues once you are traveling. Here are a few links you may want to visit, check the internet for other sites or contact the consulate..

Please note: Citizens of countries listed below may be exempt from obtaining an airport transit visa. They should contact their consulate to determine the exact requirements and not rely solely on the information provided below.
Air Canada – Canada
The following passport holders may require a Visa to transit through Canada:

  • Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Iran, Israel (“holders of valid Israeli “Travel Document in lieu of National Passport”), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela.

Alitalia – Italy
The following citizens require an airport transit visa:

  • Iran

Please note: Citizens of the countries listed may be exempt from the obligation to obtain an airport transit visa if in possession of a residence permit with unlimited right of return issued by: Canada, United States. Be sure to contact your consulate for further details.

Austrian Airlines – Austria
The following citizens require an airport transit visa:

  • Iran

Please note: Holders of passports of one the countries listed above who do not have a valid “Green Card” must apply for an airport transit visa even if they merely change planes in Austria without actually leaving the transit area of the airport. Be sure to contact your consulate for further details.

British Airways – England
The following passport holders require an airport transit visa:

  • Belarus, Bolivia, China, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Iran, Jamaica, Moldova, South Africa, Venezuela

If you are a national of a country mentioned above, you may be able to transit the UK airside without a visa. To qualify for this exemption:

  • You must arrive and depart by air; and
  • Your onward flight must be confirmed, and must depart within 24 hours; and
  • You must have proper documentation for your destination, including a visa if necessary.

Additionally, you must hold:

  1. A valid entry visa for Canada or the USA, and a valid airline ticket for travel via the UK, as part of a journey to or from one of those countries; or
  2. A valid airline ticket for travel via the UK as part of a journey from Canada or the USA, if you are transiting the UK no more than 6 months after the date when you last entered Canada or the USA with a valid entry visa for that country; or
  3. A valid USA I-551 permanent resident card issued on or after 21 April 1998; or
  4. An expired I-551 permanent resident card issued on or after 21 April 1998, accompanied by an I-797 extension letter issued by the Bureau of Citizenship; or
  5. A valid Canadian permanent resident card issued on or after 28 June 2002; or

Iberia – Spain
The following citizens require an airport transit visa:

  • Iran

Please note: Citizens of the countries listed may be exempt from the obligation to obtain an airport transit visa if in possession of a residence permit with unlimited right of return issued by: Canada, United States. Be sure to contact your consulate for further details.

Lufthansa – Germany
The following citizens require an airport transit visa:

  • Iran

Please note: Citizens of the countries listed may be exempt from the obligation to obtain an airport transit visa if any of the below are true. Please contact your consulate for further details:

1. If they hold a valid, unexpired visa to the USA.
2. They hold one of the following residence permits:

  • Form I-511 permanent resident card
  • Form I-511 alien registration receipt card
  • Form I-327 re-entry document
  • Resident Alien Card
  • Permit to Re-enter
  • Valid temporary residence stamp in valid passport

Swiss Air – Switzerland
The following citizens require an airport transit visa:

  • Iran

Please note: Citizens of the countries listed may be exempt from the obligation to obtain an airport transit visa if in possession of a residence permit with unlimited right of return issued by: Canada, United States. Be sure to contact your consulate for further details.

Transero – Russia
Transit Visas are issued to those traveling through the Russian Federation to an onward destination. If you are on a transit flight, will be spending less than 24 hours in Russia, and do not intend to leave the airport transit area, then you will not need a Russian Visa for your trip. Please contact your consulate to verify if you require a transit visa.

Israel
The following passport holders require a visa to enter Israel:

  • Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Cuba, India, Iran,  Kazakhstan,  Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Venezuela

Israeli Consulates

REGIONAL ISRAELI CONSULATE OFFICES

CITY PHONE WEBSITE
 Atlanta  404-487-6500 http://atlanta.mfa.gov.il
 Boston  617-535-0200 http://www.embassyofisrael.org/boston/index.htm
 Chicago  312-297-4800 chicago.mfa.gov.il
 Houston  713-627-0149 http://houston.mfa.gov.il
 Los Angeles  323-852-5500 http://www.israeliconsulatela.org/
 Miami  305-925-9400 http://miami.mfa.gov.il
 New York  212-499-5400 http://www.israelfm.org/
 Philadelphia  215-546-5556 http://philadelphia.mfa.gov.il
 San Francisco  415-844-8885 http://www.embassyofisrael.org/sanfran/index.htm
 Washington, DC  202-364-5527 http://www.embassyofisrael.org/default.html
 Montreal  514-940-8500 http://montreal.mfa.gov.il
 Ottowa  613-567-6450 http://ottawa.mfa.gov.il
 Toronto  416-640-8500 http://toronto.mfa.gov.il

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