Post Aliyah Guide: New Olim

The steps below will guide you through your first few weeks after Aliyah. You will find a list of what to expect, which offices to visit, and which documents to bring as you obtain your Israeli documentation and begin your life in Israel.

At Ben Gurion Airport

At Ben Gurion airport you will be processed by two different government offices. The first office will be Misrad Haklita (Ministry of Absorption) where you will be processed as an Oleh Chadash, from there you will be directed to the Misrad Hapnim (Ministry of Interior) where you will be issued a Teudat Zehut (Israeli ID) card)**. Please make sure to visit both offices and to bring all the relevant documents to each. Below you will find the requirements for each office.

What to expect: 

Upon presenting your passports at passport control, clearly state that you are making Aliyah. All family members making Aliyah must be present.

  1. After going through passport control, you should be directed upstairs to Misrad Haklita. Upon completing your paperwork at Misrad Haklita and Misrad Hapnim, you may collect your luggage.

Step 1. Misrad Haklita
What you need:

  1. Foreign passports with valid Aliyah visas from the Israeli Consulate in your country of origin.
    NOTE: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry.
  2. Arrival form from Nefesh B’Nefesh.

What you get:

  1. tudat_oleh_s Teudat Oleh ( תעודת עולה – Oleh booklet ) from Misrad Haklita (משרד הקליטה – Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.)
  2. Mispar Zehut ( מספר זהות – Israeli Identity Number ) ( Page 2 of your Teudat Oleh )
  3. Registration for Kupot Cholim (קופת חולים Health Fund). If you do not register for health insurance at the airport, you will receive a voucher for enrollment in a Kupat Cholim See box #2, Health Insurance.
  4. First cash payment of Sal Klita ( סל קליטה – Absorption Basket ) to those who are eligible.
  5. Transportation voucher for a free taxi ride from the airport to anywhere in Israel. (The MisradHaklita clerk should direct you to the taxi stand once you have finished your paperwork and retrieved your luggage.)
  6. “Note of Future Bank Account” to be stamped by your Israeli bank when you open an account and to be shown to your local Misrad Haklita. See box #4, Opening a Bank Account.
  7. Document to be presented at Misrad Hapnim ( משרד הפנים – Ministry of Interior). See step 2,Misrad Hapnim.Please note: if you have an Israeli ID number, you will not need this document.

Important notes:

  1. Misrad Haklita does NOT deal with changing your name (e.g. from Elliot to Avraham). This is done at Misrad Hapnim.
  2. See step 2, Misrad Hapnim.
  3. If you are a Katin Chozer( קטין חוזר – Returning Minor), were previously an A-1 Temporary Resident with a Teudat Zehut ( תעודת זהות – Israeli Identity Card ) or an Oleh B’Shenit – עולה בשנית ) your Teudat Oleh will not be issued at the airport and you will not receive the initial payment of the Sal Klita. However, you will receive the transportation voucher at MisradHaklita

Misrad Haklita in the Airport: 03-975-4422

Stage 2: Misrad Hapnim (משרד הפנים)
You will be directed from the Misrad Haklita office to the Misrad Hapnim office.
Please note that if you joined a Nefesh B’Nefesh flight, this step is completed differently. You will be advised by NBN regarding this step prior to you NBN flight.

What you need:

  1. Teudat Oleh.
  2. Two identical passport-size pictures of each family member above the age of 16.
  3. Passports of all family members (from country of origin).
  4. The original copies of your Civil Marriage / Divorce / Death of Spouse certificate.
  5. The original copy of your Proof of Judaism – ( אישורי יהדות – Ishurei Yahadut )
  6. The original copy of your Conversion Papers – if applicable.
  7. The original copies of Birth certificates for all family members.
  8. Document received from Misrad Haklita at the airport.

What you get:

  1. A Teudat Zehut.
  2. Official record of your name change (הודעה על שינוי שם) if requested.

Please note that this process can take time, please be patient and know that this will save you going to the local branch of Misrad Hapnim and issuing your Teudat Zehut there.

Health Insurance

As an Oleh, you are entitled to up to twelve months of free health coverage if you are unemployed or retired. Before choosing your specific Kupat Cholim, ask friends in your neighborhood which Kupah in your area has the best reputation and services. Once enrolled in a specific Kupat Cholim, you can only switch to a different Kupah after 6 months.

Olim currently have the option of registering for health insurance at the airport. If you do not sign up at the airport, you can also register at the post office and at your local Misrad Haklita (Ministry of Absorption) office. Bring the voucher, pay the fee and have the voucher stamped. Please note that if you did not register for your health insurance within the first month of Aliyah (at the airport, Misrad Haklita or at the post office) you will have to go to your local branch of Bituach Leumi in order to register.

What you need: 

  1. Health insurance voucher (received at Misrad Haklita in the airport).
  2. Teudat Oleh.
  3. You will pay a nominal fee per adult. Children are registered for free.
  4. Bring the stamped voucher to the local office of the Kupat Cholim of your choice.

What you get:

Temporary health insurance cards for each member of the family. You will receive the official cards via mail.

Important notes:

If you or your spouse holds prior Israeli citizenship, you were A-1 temporary residents in the past, or if you are an Oleh B’Shenit, visit your local branch of Bituach Leumi (ביטוח לאומי) – National Insurance Institute to register for health insurance.

Opening a Bank Account

In order to open a bank account, both spouses must be present (if applicable). If you are married, you must open a joint account in order to receive Sal Klita payments as a family. You must make an initial deposit; Misrad Haklita is unable to transfer Sal Klita payments to an inactive account.

What you need:

  1. Your Teudat Oleh
  2. Your Teudat Zehut (if you do not have one yet your Teudat Oleh should suffice).
  3. Passport (from country of origin).
  4. Cash, credit card or check to make a deposit into your new account.
  5. “Note of Future Bank Account” received at the airport.

What you get:

  1. Bank account number.
  2. Instructions for online banking.
  3. “Note of Future Bank Account” gets stamped; retain this paperwork for Misrad Haklita.

What to expect:

Checks from abroad usually take 3 to 4 weeks to clear.

Misrad Haklita

What you need:

  1. Call your local branch of Misrad Haklita to schedule an appointment in advance with a personal Klita counselor. Misrad Haklita (Ministry of Immigrant Absorption) Offices
  2. Teudat Oleh.
  3. Teudat Zehut.
  4. Form stamped by your bank upon opening your bank account.

What you get:

  1. Sal Klita: Confirm on what dates the payments will be deposited into your bank account.
  2. Registration vouchers for Ulpan.
  3. Advice on Oleh resources in your neighborhood.
  4. Information regarding tuition assistance, if applicable. Contact the Student Authority ( Minhal Hastudentim – מינהל הסטודנטים ) at Misrad Haklita for more information. Applying for Assistance from the Student Authority

Misrad Haklita General Information
Misrad Haklita Branches:

Driver's License

To convert your foreign driver’s license to an Israeli driver’s license, you will need to take a Mivchan Shlita, a practical driving test. The conversion process entails obtaining a Tofes Yarok (green form) from an optometrist approved by the Ministry of Transport, visits to your family doctor and your local Misrad Harishui and taking at least one lesson with a driving instructor before taking the actual driving test.
The total cost of this process is approximately 1,300 NIS.
dlOlim must present a valid foreign driver’s license issued at least 3 months prior to entry into Israel.
Misrad Harishui: *5678 Misrad Harishui website:
Licensing information and Misrad Harishui locations:

Diploma Accreditation

If you plan to work in the public sector, for example in the government or the school system, you must first have your diploma(s) accredited officially by Misrad Hachinuch (משרד החינוך – Ministry of Education). This accreditation process will also determine the salary and rank appropriate to your degree.

What you need:

Bring originals and copies of the required documents to Misrad Hachinuch. A complete list of the required documents can be found on our website.

Misrad Hachinuch website:
NBN Information Regarding Degree Recognition:

Releasing Your Shipment

Olim are entitled to ship appliances and belongings for personal use from abroad without incurring customs fees.

What you need:

  1. Spouse’s passport, where relevant.
  2. Teudat Zehut.
  3. Teudat Zehut AND Teudat Oleh.
  4. An apartment contract (ownership or rental) for proof of maintaining a household.
  5. Shipment number.
  6. Inventory list.
  7. Official letter from the IDF which indicates your Machal service dates, if applicable.

What to expect:

  1. When sending your shipment, be sure to find out its estimated date of arrival.
  2. There may be additional costs involved in releasing a shipment, unrelated to customs fees. Please check with your shipper.
  3. Depending on the arrangement you have with your shipper, you may have to go to the port, meet the customs agent
    and arrange release of the shipment. Your shipment may be opened by customs to verify its contents.
School Registration

See the following link for detailed information on how to register your child for school.


Misrad Haklita helps you become acclimated to life in Israel by offering 5 months of free Ulpan (Hebrew immersion
classes). You are eligible to receive the subsidy for Ulpan within the first 18 months following your date of Aliyah.

What you need:

  1. For a list of recognized Ulpanim in your area, please see the Nefesh B’Nefesh Ulpan Directory.
  2. At Misrad Haklita, you will receive a voucher for an Ulpan in your area. Bring the voucher to the office of your chosen Ulpan and register. The Ulpan staff will inform you when classes start. You will be given a placement exam at the Ulpan.

A minimum number of students must register for a class before it can open. If the course you need is not available locally, you have the option to attend Ulpan in another community.
NBN Ulpan Directory:
Misrad Haklita website:

Bituach Leumi

Bituach Leumi (National Insurance Institute) is the main instrument of social security in Israel. It subsidizes the different Kupot Cholim and provides child allowances, income support, pensions and workers’ compensation.
Child Allowance – קצבת ילדים – For Kitzvat Yeladim
Kitzvat Yeladim is a monthly stipend received by all residents of Israel from the government based on the number of children you have up to age 18 who are living in Israel.Once you visit Misrad Haklita, your child allowance should automatically be deposited into your Israeli bank account.Please make sure to check your account two months after Aliyah. If you have not received your child allowance, please check with Bituach Leumi.For any children born after Aliyah, submit the claim for child allowance in the hospital in which they are born.

What you need:

  1. Teudat Oleh.
  2. Teudat Zehut.
  3. Birth certificate for each child.
  4. Bank account number and a letter confirming that you and your spouse share a joint account.

Bituach Leumi website:


All cities and towns in Israel charge Arnona. Tenants are obligated to make these payments which are calculated based on the size of the residence. Olim are granted a discount on Arnona (for up to 100 m2) during one of their first two years in Israel. The rate of the discount is determined by your local municipality.

What you need:

  1. At the municipality, present your Arnona bill, rental contract, Teudat Oleh and Teudat Zehut
  2. Bring a reading of your water meter, since the previous tenant will be charged for past usage.
  3. Purchase receipt.
  4. Foreign passports for both spouses.
  5. An apartment contract (ownership or rental) for proof of maintaining a household.

Important notes:

  1. The request for an Oleh discount may have to be repeated after January 1st.
  2. The Arnona reduction is not granted to Ktinim Chozrim, or if you spent a significant amount of time as an A/1 temporary resident in the past and do not have a new Teudat Oleh.
  3. It is important to deal with the Arnona bill soon after your arrival, since the discount is not retroactive.

NBN Listing of Arnona Reductions by City:

Teudat Maavar

In the first three months after Aliyah, you are entitled to travel abroad using a foreign passport that has an Aliyah visa inside of it. After three months, you must travel with a Teudat Maavar (Temporary Travel Document; eligibility begins three months after Aliyah). As soon as you start to plan an overseas trip, apply for your Israeli travel documents at your local branch of Misrad Hapnim. The average time it takes to receive a Teudat Maavar is approximately seven business days, but this process can take longer, especially during official Israeli holidays.

What you need:

  1. Teudat Zehut.
  2. Foreign passport.
  3. 2 identical passport pictures for each family member.
  4. Application for Teudat Maavar (fill it out at Misrad Hapnim or download it from
  5. Processing fee (cash/credit card or bank check); you can obtain a reduction if you fill it out online.

All family members requesting a Teudat Maavar (including children) must be physically present at Misrad Hapnim. Once you submit a request, the Teudat Maavar will be mailed to the home address that appears on your Teudat Zehut (Israeli ID card). Make sure that Misrad Hapnim has your current address.

For more information, see: NBN Information Regarding Israeli Travel Documents