For the past few months Israel had a messy process to apply for permission to enter the country. You had to email your request and supporting documents to your local Israeli embassy or consulate and applications frequently got lost. However, if you emailed to check on the status of the application you were sent to the back of the line.
Some people waited months for a response, while others were only able to get permission to enter by sending their relative in Israel to wait in line at the Misrad Hapnim before they opened for the day. A reader shared his report of that.
The same rules apply, you need to have a first degree relative who is a citizen or permanent resident of Israel. And you need to have a vaccination card or a past COVID positive test result. You can upload documentation such as passports, birth certificates, proof of vaccination and insurance coverage via that form and select the embassy or consulate for your jurisdiction.
If you have yet received a response for your email application, you should submit your application again via the form.
DDF member Ergel reports that his father-in-law applied for permission to enter Israel a month ago via email and never heard back. He applied via the form and got an approval in less than 20 minutes! Another member got an instant approval for an application.
I’m sure that process will slow down, but hopefully the lost applications will come to an end with this new form.
Post your results in the comments!