Applying for an Israeli Passport

How to apply for a passport

An Oleh may apply for a full Israeli passport which will be issued provided the Ministry of Interior considers the Oleh to have become resident in Israel – the immigrant must have been in the country for a total of 365 days (not consecutive). If you have been in Israel for less than 365 days, please see information about applying for a Teudat Ma'avar.

Israel is currently introducing biometric passports. For a 2 year, trial period, which will run until 2015 it is possible to apply for either a biometric or non-biometric passport. More information is available in English on the website of the Ministry of Interior.

Apply at Misrad HaPnim branches. Each family member must be present, and must bring:

  •  If you are not applying for a biometric passport -  2 recent, frontal passport photos (poor quality photos and photos in uniform will not be accepted)
  •  Teudat Zehut
  •  NIS 280 per adult, NIS 140 per child*
  •  Completed application form*

Minors must be accompanied by a parent. If parents are divorced, both parents must agree to issue of the passport.

*Application forms may be filled out and payment made online (in Hebrew only). The form must then be taken to the local office of Misrad HaPnim. When paying online, the cost of the passport for an adult is NIS 195 (between November and February) or NIS 250 (between March and October) and NIS 90 (between November and February) or NIS 125 (between March and October) for a child.

Processing is generally fairly quick with the passport being mailed out in approximately 2 weeks. Delays may occur however and it's recommended to apply in a timely fashion.