Aliyah Process – Important Updates – Spring 20202020-06-25T16:22:34+03:00


Up-to-date Aliyah information in an ever-changing world

Below are important updates and frequently asked questions for those planning Aliyah in the immediate future:

UPDATED: June 25, 2020

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Can I apply for Aliyah from North America at this time?2020-06-17T09:44:13+03:00

Updated:May 21, 2020

Yes, you can! Please visit to start your application.

The NBN Online Application allows you to complete the forms required for Aliyah approval from the Jewish Agency for Israel and for assistance from Nefesh B’Nefesh – ALL IN ONE APPLICATION.

As you work your way through the application and getting your documents together, we are here to answer your questions and ensure that you know exactly what to do.

If you have questions regarding the application, please email Once you have completed the online application one of our Aliyah advisors will be in touch to guide you through the next steps.

During this period of isolation, how can I be interviewed by the Jewish Agency?2020-05-21T10:26:22+03:00

Updated:June 25, 2020

Currently all Jewish Agency offices in North America are closed to the public and in-person interviews are unavailable.

As an alternative, the Jewish Agency is conducting online video interviews. Interviews are intended for those who have submitted all the required documents and completed their Aliyah portfolio. However, due to the situation the Jewish Agency will interview applicants who have submitted crucial documents and can at a later stage complete the full set of required documents.

If you have submitted scans of the following documents to your online application you may qualify for an online video interview with the Jewish Agency – passport, birth certificate, marital status documents if applicable (marriage, divorce, death), letter from a rabbi stating you are Jewish or conversion documents.

To arrange your online interview with the Jewish Agency:

  1. Contact the Jewish Agency’s Global Center
    USA: 1-866-835-0430, CANADA: 1-866-421-8912, Email:
  2. You will be instructed to mail the above original documents to your regional Jewish Agency representative with a return mailing label. We recommend you use a courier.
  3. Once the documents have been received, the Jewish Agency will contact you to schedule your appointment.
  4. Upon completion of your interview the Jewish Agency will return your documents using the shipping label you enclosed.
  5. You may be required to submit any additional documents to the Jewish Agency following your meeting to complete your portfolio and get approval for your Aliyah.
Are criminal background checks now mandatory to be approved for Aliyah?2020-06-17T12:29:28+03:00

Updated: June 25, 2020

Yes, the Israeli Ministry of Interior (Misrad Hapnim) has recently decided that authenticated criminal background checks are required for all Olim, regardless of their country of origin. This is a relatively new requirement for those making Aliyah from outside of Israel.

Despite restrictions on public services available in some areas of North America, this service is still fully available.

There are two parts to fulfilling this requirement:

PART 1: Getting the background check

PART 2: Authentication:

FOR US CITIZENS:  For FBI background checks in the USA – getting an apostille attached by the US State Department in Washington DC.

FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS: Canadian “Certified Criminal Record Check” need to be authenticated by the Israeli consulate in Canada.

Both stages are still fully available. Expect longer processing time for the federal apostille.

Resources and information to help clarify the steps for acquiring this document can be found here: 

You may have your Aliyah interview (mentioned above #2) without your background check and will be required to present the original via mail to the Jewish Agency to complete your Aliyah approval.

The requirement for a background check has been suspended until August 31st, 2020 for olim with Israeli background who hold an Israeli passport, including currently unregistered children of Israelis. Starting September 1st, 2020 background checks will be required of olim with Israeli backgrounds.

How do I obtain an Aliyah visa?2020-06-17T12:31:44+03:00

Updated:June 25, 2020

Upon getting Jewish Agency approval for Aliyah you are now eligible for an Aliyah visa. Aliyah visas are issued by the Israeli Consulate and coordinated through the Jewish Agency.

Visa services have been restarted! If you have approval for Aliyah from the Jewish Agency please contact your regional Jewish Agency representative to coordinate the delivery of your passport and issuance of your visa.

Can I book an Aliyah flight now?2020-07-27T10:37:13+03:00

Updated:June 25, 2020

Currently, Israel has limited travel into its borders to Israeli citizens and Olim.  Airlines have limited flights from North America to Israel. 

We are pleased to announce we have secured dates for Special Aliyah flights with United Airlines for Summer 2020. A full schedule can be found here.

Canadian Olim should be in touch with the Flights Desk for departures from Toronto.

Connecting flight arrangements may be available. Contact for details

Are there special policies/restrictions regarding Aliyah flights, specific to the COVID-19 situation?2020-06-17T13:55:02+03:00

Updated: June 25, 2020

Nefesh B’Nefesh operates under the strict regulations put into place by the Jewish Agency and the Israeli government, specifically the Ministry of Health.

Due to the corona pandemic all applicants for Aliyah are required to inform us if they have previously been infected with covid-19, had symptoms or have tested positive for antibodies. If you fall under any of these categories, you will be required to present a negative PCR test to be approved for travel by the Ministry of Health.

All medical information should be submitted to Nefesh B’Nefesh and we will coordinate the approval from the Ministry of Health facilitated by the Jewish Agency.

Your Aliyah flight is coordinated by Nefesh B’Nefesh and our protocols are in place to ensure olim arriving are cleared for travel by the Israeli Ministry of Health. We are not responsible for the health of other passengers on the flights or for the regulations the airline has instituted. We encourage you to contact the airline you are flying on to inquire what they have put into place in this matter. Most Aliyah flights are on ELAL you can see their reference to corona here

When I arrive on Aliyah will I have to go into quarantine?2020-05-21T10:33:31+03:00

Updated: June 25, 2020

At this time, those arriving from abroad will be required to self-isolate for 14-days.

New arrivals will have the option of carrying out a home isolation on the condition they can prove they have an adequate place to isolate in: their own home, a rental apartment or unit. You may not isolate in someone else’s home (in a guest bedroom, for example).

If you do not have the option to self-isolate, you will be accommodated in a “Corona hotel”. These hotels are run by the IDF’s Home Front Command and include daily meals and few other services. Hotels are not a vacation spot and you will be required to stay in your room for the duration of your stay. If you are arriving with your family, you will receive rooms to accommodate your whole family and may not all be in the same room.

Since the regulations for self-isolation and Corona hotels change often, it is best to concentrate on all other aspects of your Aliyah plan and be in touch with your Aliyah advisor as you approach your Aliyah date to get the most recent updates.

Please note: Self-isolation in Israel means not leaving your place of residence for the duration of the required isolation period. Consider in your plans things like how you will get groceries, your health needs and who will walk your dog.


Please note that the information on this website is for general information purposes only, and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. You should always seek independent legal or other professional advice before acting or relying upon any of this information. In addition, whilst Nefesh B’Nefesh makes every effort to update the information on this website, Nefesh B’Nefesh does not guarantee the accuracy and currency of such information. For Nefesh B’Nefesh’s full terms and conditions, please click here.