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

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 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.

 

 

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Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog. 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.

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