British Ambassador to Israel
We promote Britain’s security, prosperity and well-being, and regional peace, through partnership with Israel.
We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and Israel. The embassy and its consulates provide consular assistance to British nationals in Israel.
Information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling in Israel.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call the embassy on 03 725 1222 and follow instructions to be connected with a consular officer. If you are calling from the UK about a British national in Israel, please call the FCO switchboard in London on (0)20 7008 1500 for assistance.
Living in Israel
Information for British nationals residing in Israel and the OPTs.
We no longer issue passports at the Embassy. You now need to apply for a new passport or renew your existing passport at Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK.
For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website.
Please note that the Embassy cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications. For all passport enquiries, please call the Passport Adviceline on +44 (0) 300 222 0000
Lost and stolen passports
Information about how to get an emergency travel document if your UK passport is lost or stolen.
We are unable to accept applications for emergency travel documents for first time passport applicants. First time passport applicants should apply for a Full Validity Passport and wait for this to issue before making travel plans. For emergency travel documents, book an appointment.
Visas for the UK
This Embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.
Visas for Israel
For certain long term visas, the Israeli government requires all foreign nationals to provide a criminal record and single status certificate.
The Embassy can provide a single status certificate in the form of administering an oath / affirmation.
Criminal records need to be obtained from the UK or ordered online through Disclosure Scotland. Note this document is required to be legalized with an Apostille Stamp in order for the Israeli authorities to accept it.
Notarial and documentary services
Information about certain legal documents available at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv.
- Booking an appointment to witness a signature
- Book an appointment to certify a passport or UK document
- Book an appointment to administer an oath or affirmation.
Please note important changes to notarial and documentary services.
Please contact the consular section on 03 725 1222 with any queries you may have about notarial work. Please ensure that you have read the information on this website first and call us only if you have further queries.
Registering a birth
Understanding how to register a birth in Israel.
Please note that births in the Consular District of Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza should be registered with the British Consulate General in Jerusalem.
Registering a death
Understanding how to register a death in Israel.
Getting married in Israel
You are advised to consult the Israeli authorities to find out about local marriage laws, as your marriage should be recognised in the UK if you follow the correct process according to local law. We do not provide any marriage registration services.
For further information, please visit the getting married abroad section on this website.
List of lawyers and translators
A list of English speaking lawyers and translators who may be able to help you with official transactions in Israel. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
List of funeral directors
A list of funeral directors who may be able to help with arrangements related to the death of a British National in Israel. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
List of medical facilities
A list of medical facilities who may be able to provide medical assistance while in Israel. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.
Proof of life certificates / declaration of existence
The British Embassy in Tel Aviv no longer offers the service of witnessing ‘life certificates’. British nationals requiring this service should see the Department of Work & Pensions new guidance on their website for who can now witness these documents.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- provide information about transferring funds
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- help people with mental illness
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained. Our prisoner pack explains the Legal and Prison system in Israel to British Nationals who are detained in Israel at various stages from arrest through to sentencing and afterwards
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters.
UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in all our consular offices.
What our embassy cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after you have been detained, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as english-speaking lawyers
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf.
British Embassy Tel Aviv, main contact
192 Hayarkon Street
6340502 Tel Aviv
Telephone +972 (0)3 725 1222
Fax Political +972 (0)3 725 1203
Fax Consular +972 (0)3 524 9176
Fax Trade & Investment +972 (0)3 725 1218
Fax Corporate Services +972 (0)3 725 1208
British Honorary Consulate, Eilat - Aqua Sports International, Coral Beach, Eilat +972 (0)3 725 1222
The British Embassy will be closed on Monday 31 August for Summer Bank Holiday. We will re-open on Tuesday 1 September. This Embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration page.
If you are a British national in distress, and need to contact someone urgently whilst the Embassy is closed, please call the FCO Switchboard in London on +44 (0)20 7008 1500 for assistance.