Having a hard time renewing your Israeli Passport?
In the past year, the never-ending lines at the Misrad Hapenim offices (Ministry of Interior) managed to discourage almost everyone.
In the past, it has been a wait of several months to make an appointment and a wait of more than another month to receive the passport in the mail.
Unfortunately, this year, the Ministry of the Interior has yet to deal with the problem despite repeated promises.
The office provided several temporary solutions, such as the possibility of leaving the country with a foreign passport and the opening of a dedicated center for issuing temporary passports in Bnei Brak last May, where a two-year temporary passport could be given at the cost of 435NIS for an adult and 215NIS for a minor up to the age of 18.
There it was easier to find an appointment to renew the Israeli passport. But unfortunately, this center was closed at the beginning of the month, and today, the Ministry of Interior is offering a new solution for issuing a temporary passport, and this is how it will work:
Starting Sunday, 28 Bureaus of the Population Administration will issue temporary passports throughout the country. These are offices in Eilat, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beer Sheva, Beit Shemesh, Bnei Brak, Herzliya, Hadera, Holon, Haifa, Tiberias, Jerusalem, South Jerusalem, East Jerusalem, Jaffa, Kfar Saba, Nof HaGalil, Netanya, Acre, Afula, Petah Tikva, Safed, Kiryot, Rishon Lezion, Rehovot, Ramla, Ramat Gan, and Tel Aviv.
To get the passport, there is no need to make an appointment, and you must go directly to the information office at each bureau. In addition, you must submit a completed and signed application form, two passport photos, an online payment confirmation, and a previous passport.
The Ministry of the Interior emphasizes that the application can only be submitted at the bureau to which the residential area is associated and guarantees that “the temporary passport will be sent by registered mail within a week from the date of submission of the application.” Therefore, the cost will be the same as the price at which a passport could be issued at the center in Bnei Brak.
It should be noted that a temporary passport can still be issued in Israel up to two days before the flight, but the cost is double: 845NIS for an adult and 435NIS for a minor up to 18.
As a reminder, the cost to renew a regular passport in the winter months (November to February) is 155NIS for an adult and 95NIS for a minor if paid online, 270NIS for an adult, and 140NIS for a minor if paid at the office.