Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza

Event: COVID-19 – Extension of Israeli Visa Validity

The Israeli Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA) recently announced it has automatically extended the validity of visas in several categories for individuals holding visas expiring between March 12, 2020 and June 30, 2020. Individuals in Israel holding a visa in one of the categories below do not need to renew their visas at a PIBA office if departing before June 30:

  • B1 (Work Visa)
  • A1 (Eligible under the Right of Return Visa)
  • A2 (Student/Trainee/Intern visa)
  • A3 (Religious Study and Practice Visa)
  • A4 (Companion Visa for A2 and A3 Visa holders)
  • A5 (Temporary Resident Visa)

PIBA did not extend the validity of B2 visitor visas. Individuals visiting Israel on a B2 visa should depart Israel before the original expiration date. In exceptional cases, B2 visa holders may be able to apply for an extension. The U.S. Embassy is unable to assist with extending Israeli visas.

In addition, resident visas for individuals who legally resided in the West Bank through March 12, 2020, have been automatically extended until June 30, 2020. This extension does not apply to visitor permits, which will continue to expire on their original expiration dates.

More information is available at the PIBA website or by calling PIBA at 02-6294666.

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