Applying for a passport or ID card if you live in Israel
Are you a Dutch national living in Israel? And do you want to renew or apply for a Dutch passport or identity card (ID card)? From Monday, May 25, 2020, it is again possible to apply for a passport or ID card at the Dutch embassy in Tel Aviv. Note: because of the Coronavirus, fewer appointments are available and the procedure is different than normally. In case you are unable to book an appointment, please try again later.
Due to the coronavirus, the possibilities to apply for a passport or ID card at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. This also applies to applications at an office of an external service provider such as VFS Global.
New ID card
From 2 August 2021, all ID cards issued to Dutch nationals aged 12 and older will include copies of two of their fingerprints and a QR code with their citizen service number (BSN). You should know:
- Until 12 July 2021 inclusive, it will still be possible to apply for an ID card in the current format.
- From 13 July to 1 August 2021 inclusive, for technical reasons, it will not be possible to apply for an ID card at an embassy or consulate-general. If you need to apply for a travel document before 2 August, you can apply for a passport.
- From 2 August 2021, applicants will receive an ID card in the new format. Please note: when you apply, you will have to have your fingerprints taken. This will require you to come to the embassy or consulate-general in person.
Step 1: Create your personal checklist
It is important for your passport or ID card application that you bring the correct documents with you. You should therefore create a personal checklist for you or the child you're applying on behalf of. Then you’ll know what documents to bring.
Note: step 2 shows you whether there are additional document requirements in the country you live in.
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- You may need to have the original legalised.
- You may provide documents in Dutch, English, German or French. Abroad and at the passport desk at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, you may also provide documents from the civil registrar in Spanish. If your documents are in another language, you must have them translated by a sworn translator.
- You may be asked to provide additional documents.
- All applicants must appear in person; this includes children.
Once you have completed your checklist, please continue with step 2.
Step 2: Check the additional requirements for the Israel
Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for Israel.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In Israel, you can do this by providing one of the following documents:
- a valid visa and supporting documents;
- if you also hold the Israelian nationality: a valid Israelian passport or ID card.
If, according to your personal checklist (step 1), you need to get a document legalised, and if your birth certificate or marriage certificate was issued in Israel, you must have the document legalised with an apostille.
Step 3: Apply at a Dutch border municipality or at Schiphol Airport
Step 4: Apply in Israel
If you want to apply for your passport or ID card in Israel, first make sure you have all the required documents. You can see which documents you need by completing the checklist (step 1). You should also check what additional requirements apply in Israel (step 2). Then you can make an appointment.
How do I make an appointment?
From Monday, May 25, 2020, it is again possible to apply for a passport or ID card at the Dutch embassy in Tel Aviv. Make an online appointment. After you have made an appointment, you will receive an email with a provisional appointment confirmation. Follow the instructions in the confirmation e-mail very precisely. Note: because of the Coronavirus, fewer appointments are available than normally. In case you are unable to book an appointment, please try again later.
You can make an appointment online to visit the embassy in Tel Aviv.
Sending your documents
Email all the required documents to the embassy at least 5 days before your appointment. The embassy will then check if you have the right documents.
How much will it cost?
You can find the price of a passport or ID card in the overview of consular fees in Israel.
Payments can only be made in cash, in Israeli shekels (ILS).
How long will it take?
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will first determine if you are a Dutch national. If so, you are entitled to a passport or ID card.
Your passport or ID card will be ready in about 3 weeks. You may be asked to provide additional documents to help us assess your application. In that case, the decision period will be extended.
What if I need my passport or ID card in the meantime?
When you submit your application you will get your passport or ID card back. Your old passport or ID card will not be cancelled until you collect your new one.
How can I track my application?
When you apply for a travel document, you will receive a track & trace code. This allows you to track the status of your application online. You will be informed by email when your document is ready.
Collect your document
You can collect your document from the embassy in Tel Aviv. between 9.00 and 12.00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. You do not need to make an appointment. First check which days our offices are closed. You must bring your old travel document with you when collecting your new one.
What happens to my old passport or ID card?
If your old document contains visas or residence permits that are still valid and you want to keep those pages intact, you should make this known beforehand.
If you have any questions, please contact the embassy in Tel Aviv.