Bureaucracy

Do you need a Visa for Israel?

Israel Tourist Visa

When you arrive in Israel, you receive a blue slip from the passport control. That blue slip is a tourist visa that allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days. After that, you must get a visa to legally stay in the country. It is crucial to get your visa as soon as possible (this should be one of the first things you take care of), not only to be legal in the country but because many other services such as health insurance require you to have a visa.

Israel Student Visa

Most young couples that are coming to live in Israel for a few years get student visas. The husband must get a letter from the institution he is enrolled in saying that he is a student. Wives and children go under his student status but must get visas as well.

Israel Work Visa

If one of you will be working on the books, you will need a work visa. 

How to get a Visa in Israel

To attain visas, you must bring the necessary documents to the Misrad Hapnim (Minister of Interior) and fill out the application form. Click here for a link to Chaim V’Chessed page on Israel visa requirements and what you need to apply. 

Make sure to renew your visa before it expires and to renew it upon renewing your passport.

A Visit to Misrad Hapnim (ministry of Interior)

To avoid unimaginable wait times (unfortunately, this is not an exaggeration), either get in line before they even open their doors or schedule an appointment. Click here for a link to make an appointment on the Misrad Hapnim website. 

Note that if you go with a stroller, you do not have to wait in the line. Go right in through the exit instead. However, only one adult is allowed in with the stroller, so anyone else with you will have to wait in the line. This is a common policy in many government offices.

The address for Misrad Hapnim is Queen Shlomziyon St 1, Jerusalem.

Hours of operation are as follows:

  • Sunday: 8 AM – 12 PM 

  • Monday: 8 AM – 12 PM, 2:30 PM – 5 Pm

  • Tuesday: 8 AM – 12 PM

  • Wednesday: 1:30 PM – 5 PM

  • Thursday: 8 AM – 12 PM

  • Friday and Saturday: Closed    

You should not expect to accomplish what you went there to do on the first try. Therefore, don’t be upset or discouraged if you head back home empty-handed and need to go back again. If you do succeed on the first try, you should make a Seudas Hoda!!

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