As reported by Matzav.com for the past several weeks, it has been possible for relatives of Israeli citizens to obtain permission to enter Israel. However, a challenging component of the application process has been the requirement of an apostille stamp on various documents, such as birth or marriage certificates.
Thanks to the efforts of our colleagues at Amudim, this requirement has now been largely dropped. Effective immediately, an apostille is no longer required to accompany most proof of relationship documents. The only exceptions are foreign spouses of Israeli citizens and minor children of an Israeli citizen parent.
However, we caution that, due to an extremely high volume of requests, requests that have not yet been submitted will almost certainly not be approved in time for Lag B’Omer travel. The only exceptions to this are requests for funerals or life threatening medical emergencies.