travel tips

israel passport matters

All passengers entering Israel must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond their scheduled date of exit from Israel.

For example, if your exit date is January 1, your passport must be valid until July 1 of the same year.

If you are a foreign resident residing in the United States, you will be required to travel with your Alien Registration Card in addition to a valid passport from your native country for departure and re-entry into the United States. Additionally, you may need to acquire an entry visa for Israel. Some of our clients have found this website helpful in determining their need to acquire an entry visa prior to arriving in Israel.

For US citizens who do not have a passport that meets the above requirement, Discipleship Travel LLC recommends immediate action to acquire a new passport. The process can take from weeks to months, depending on the State Department’s workload and federal holidays.

Passport applications are available at local government offices, most area post offices, and some libraries.  Passports are valid for ten years from date of issue (five years for applicants under eighteen).

TO APPLY FOR A NEW PASSPORT

If any of the following apply to you …

  • You are applying for your first U.S. passport
  • You are under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago

… you MUST apply in person at a Passport Acceptance Facility (i.e., government offices, post offices, and some libraries). To find the nearest Passport Acceptance Facility, click here.

You need the following documents:

1. FORM DS-11.  (click here to download)

Although you should complete the form prior to arriving at the Passport Acceptance Facility, DO NOT SIGN the document until instructed to do so by the Passport Officer.

BEFORE TRAVELING

Be sure that you have your passport and airline ticket on your person before you leave home for the airport. You should make two photocopies of your passport in case you misplace your passport during the trip. Put one copy in your checked luggage and the other in your carry-on.

Discipleship Travel LLC recommends that each traveler purchase a travel insurance policy that will sufficiently cover any medical emergencies that may arise. Participants may purchase at additional cost a variety of travel insurance policies that cover trip interruption, lost luggage, and medical emergencies. Depending on the specific policy, participants who purchase insurance within 15-21 days of tour registration will receive additional benefits.

To compare policy benefits or to purchase insurance click on the Travel Guard banner below.