Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (April 7, 2021)
Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza
Event: Resumption of Notarial and Renunciation Services
The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv have resumed notarial and renunciation services. These services had previously been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the backlog of requests for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs). All requests for any consular appointment by walk-in, email, or telephone will be redirected to the relevant online appointment system.
Appointments for notarial services for the subsequent week will be released online on Wednesdays between 3PM and 4PM (the same time that passport and CRBA appointments are released). All requests for notarial service appointments by email or telephone will be redirected to the online appointment system.
Although we are resuming notarial services, we continue to recommend that you look for a local notary or an e-notary in the United States as many notary services do not need to be provided by consular officials and this option is often much faster than waiting to secure an appointment time.
Please see here (https://il.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/notarial-services-for-all-nationalities/) for additional information on notarial services at the Embassy and how to make appointments.
To request an appointment to begin the renunciation/loss of nationality process, click here (https://forms.office.com/g/2pZA6Y4b2J) – this form will be available beginning at 1700 on April 7. All requests for renunciation appointments by email or telephone will be redirected to this online appointment request system. The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv will begin scheduling appointments in the order in which the appointment requests have been received – even if you previously requested renunciation services by email. As renunciation services have been suspended for more than two years due to COVID-19, the waiting time to receive an appointment will be significant, and there is no mechanism to expedite the process!
Please see here (https://il.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/renouncing-u-s-citizenship/important-information-loss-nationality-process/) for additional information on renunciation services and the required documentation.
Actions to Take:
· All U.S. citizens should register in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive Alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
· Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
· Refer to our website for the latest Alerts and Messages for U.S. citizens: https://il.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/.
· Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19.
State Department – Consular AffairsIsrael, West Bank, and Gaza Country InformationIsrael, West Bank, and Gaza Travel Advisory Enroll in Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates888-407-4747or 202-501-4444