Children of first generation Israeli citizens are considered Israeli citizens even if they are born abroad. Their birth must be registered at the Israeli embassy or consulate abroad and they require an Israeli passport to enter Israel.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a special exception is currently in place. Israel will allow entry to children of Israeli citizens who have begun but not completed the process of registering as Israeli citizens. However, they must apply for an entry permit (Ishur) to enter Israel on their foreign passport.
Include the following documents with your application:
- All documents required to register a child as an Israeli citizen – see the list here. Submit a copy of the birth certificate even if it is not properly authenticated / apostilled. Similarly, being that you are applying at the consulate abroad, you should be able to apply with a birth certificate in the language of the country in which you are applying.
- These forms requesting entry and committing to complete the registration within 60 days of your return abroad. In the הצהרה (declaration form), list all documents that you are submitting with your request, including the birth certificate, parents’ ID etc.
The above mentioned individuals do not require proof of vaccination or recovery in order to enter Israel although they will need to quarantine as described here.
Apply to Israeli consulates or embassies abroad, via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, here.
Note: You may also complete the child’s registration as an Israeli Citizen in Misrad HaPnim in Israel during your visit, as per the directions here.
See here for a clear, instructive tutorial, prepared by Amudim, which can assist you in submitting your application accurately. Permits generally arrive within one to four weeks and are generally valid for a month. We have found that the vast majority of delayed or rejected permit applications are missing details or documents. You may wish to review your application, and if you find anything lacking, you should reapply. To avoid being rejected as a duplicate application, enter your passport number preceded by a hyphen.