Extend Israel Tourist Visa – I Failed But You Should Still Try!

By Mary Charie / 12/01/2017

Extend Israel Tourist Visa  – I Failed But You Should Still Try!

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After going back and forth in the Population and Immigration Authority in Jerusalem to extend my tourist visa in Israel, I gave up and let it go. I wanted to prolong my stay to be able to process my Schengen Visa, but the lady who was in charge was not having it.

I got tired of being screamed at and following their rules and taking a joke on me. One time, I was asked to come back on Friday at 8 am, later on, I  realised that on Friday they will be closed, because, yes, Shabbat. I personally think it was unprofessional.

On the other hand, I’m writing this not to rant about the service and unprofessionalism of this lady. This is for you to get useful information on how to extend Israel tourist visa. I did fail to do mine, but hopefully, yours should be fine. As I heard it should be easy!

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Extend Israel Tourist Visa



  • Your Passport (should be valid at least for another 6 months)
  • Application Form
  • An Appointment
  • Bank Statement
  • Fly-out Ticket
  • Proof of your past accommodation bookings whilst staying in Israel
  • Payment – 175-180 shekels
  • Passport Photo

Extend Israel Tourist Visa

STEP BY STEP PROCESS: Getting An Appointment

Go to the Population and Immigration Authority – Jerusalem or Ministry of Interior- Tel Aviv to get an appointment

Head down to the Population and Immigration Authority/ Interior Ministry Office during the working hours. Get a queue number depending on your purpose. When your number is called out, explain to the person-in-charge that you need to get an appointment for the extension of your visa. You will receive an application form and a slip of paper indicating the date and time of your schedule.

Tip: If you are going to the office one in Jerusalem, go early in the morning or before 12 o’clock (lunch break) to avoid a long queue.

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Jerusalem – Population and Immigration Authority

Street Address: Generali Building

Telephone Number: *3450 | Fax: 02-6290297

Hours of Operation:

All services:
Sun, Mon, Tue, Thur: 8:00-12:00
Mon: 14:30-17:00
Wednesday: 13:30-17:00

Visa department:
Sun, Mon, Tue, Thur: 8:00-12:00

Tel Aviv – Interior Ministry Office

Street Address: 125 Derech Menachem Begin

Telephone Number: *3450 | Fax: 03-7632523

Hours of Operation:

All services:
Sun, Mon, Tue, Thur: 8:00-12:00
Mon: 14:30-17:00
Wednesday: 13:30-17:00

Visa department:
Sun, Mon, Tue, Thur: 8:00-12:00

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STEP BY STEP PROCESS: Your Appointment Day

Make sure to be on time and have your requirements ready on your appointment day. Get a number depending on your purpose. After your number is called, the person-in-charge will ask why you want to extend your tourist visa. Explain your reason, hand in your requirements in when asked.

Note: The person-in-charge I talked to was rude, I was terrified of her but who knows why she was like that. Perhaps part of her training? I’ll never know. It is hard to predict if you will be extended, the others had an easy journey, me, it wasn’t very smooth. I still suggest you give it a try, perhaps I was just unlucky.

If the person in charge let you extend your Israel tourist visa, you should be able to get another blue card or a stamp on the day of your appointment.

If you have any other question/s about how to extend Israel tourist visa, feel free to leave a comment or email me. I will try my best to help a traveller out.



Extend Israel Tourist Visa


About the author

Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog, she has been travelling since 2013. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

Johanna - 13/04/2019

Hey Mary,

Thanks for this really helpful post! I’m trying to extend my Visa as well and was wondering if I can go to any other office then Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, eg. could I go in Beer Sheva?

    Mary Charie - 14/04/2019

    Hi Joanna,

    I honestly have no idea 🙁 I only tried in Jerusalem. But I don’t see the reason why not, it shouldn’t be an issue. I did it in Jerusalem because that’s where I spent most of my time, if you stay in Beer Sheva more often, I think it’s appropriate to do it there. If you give it a try please let me know so I can update this post – only if that’s ok to you. If you have more questions, let me know x

Jessy - 23/06/2018

Hi, can I still try to apply or extend my visa even after my first request was denied? They gave me 54 days stay permit when I arrived at the airport but the original plan was 84 days. I hve a return ticket and I wanna stick to my original plan but when we went to MoI they denied my request. Can I still ask for another appointment for visa extension in another city?

Bea - 12/02/2018

hi Mary, i was in israel as a tourist and maximized my 90 days tourist stay, i was wondering if you have any idea when i can go back to visit israel again?


    Mary Charie - 15/02/2018

    Hi Bea,

    I believe there is no specific time between the gap of every visit. I know someone who stay away for a month then comes back. You should be prepared to be asked with bunch of questions for security purposes.

leine F. Joven - 22/11/2017

i have worked in israel before illegally that was wayback in 1994 and i wanted to visit the place israel again. What should i do to enter israel again. hoping to hear from you soon. thanks God bless.

    Mary Charie - 22/11/2017

    Hi Leine,

    Thanks for dropping by! I think the best is to get in contact with the Israel Embassy in the Philippines and see if you have been banned or whatsoever. I’m sorry this is not much but I believe they are the best person to ask.

Maria - 18/11/2017

Hi I just got here on Israel last wednesday. I was given a 2 week B2 visa. I think I need to extend it to 3 more weeks because the place is really awesome. I am a PH passport holder and as I know we can stay visa free for 90 days. Should I be extending my visa or just over stay for 3 more weeks? What are the consequences of not extending my visa? Thanks in advance.

    Mary Charie - 20/11/2017

    Hey Maria, that’s so weird that you only received a 2-week visa. Did you show a return ticket? Does it cover the 90 days period? If you really want to stay for another 3 weeks, you definitely should extend. Staying beyond your allowed days can result in such real trouble. I hope this helps!

    Mary - 11/01/2018

    What ever happened to her case? Did she ask/apply for an extension or just over stayed? I have the same case. Thanks.

Herhsey peroche erne - 01/11/2017

I want to go israel this coming december my fiance invite me there..and my philipine passport no need visa to go israel…so i just buy ticket only??

    Mary Charie - 02/11/2017

    Hi Hershey, yes, no visa for three months. But prepare your fly out ticket! 🙂 Enjoy!

Jasmine - 24/09/2017

I am trying to extend my visa in tel Aviv. On the website it says you need an appointment. I keep trying to call but no one answers.

Do you think I can arrive at the ministry of interior at 8am and potentially get an appointment for that day?

    Mary Charie - 24/09/2017

    Hi Jasmine,

    Yes, you need to go to the office, you will fill out a form then they will give you an appointment 🙂 However, it’s almost impossible to get an appointment for the same day.

Darlene - 18/05/2017

hi Mary! i will be travelling from Doha-Amman-Israel, do I still need a visa border from Amman to Israel?

    Mary Charie - 19/05/2017

    Hi Darlene!

    As a PH passport holder, you don’t need a visa to enter and travel in Israel. However, prepare a return flight ticket, accommodation bookings, and arrive at the airport as early as you can; 3-4 hours perhaps. Try this article, hopefully, you can pick up some tips: https://amaryroad.com/travelling-in-israel-guide/

    Safe trip! YOu’ll love Israel! 🙂

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