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Since July 1st Israel will only issue biometric passports within Israel. And as far as I understand consulates are not equipped with biometric scanners, so from now on they will only issue 5 year regular passports.

So I'm thinking of flying to Israel in person instead and getting a passport in person there. How long would it currently take me to sort things out there?

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The Population and Immigration Authority (רשות האוכלוסין וההגירה) guarantees delivery of your new passport within 10 working days by registered mail, which is the same as before the switch to mandatory biometric passports. However, since these passports undergo a more involved manufacturing process - not at local PIA officers - you can't get them by visiting your local PIA office again a day or two later, like you may have been used to do.

Pity about this further invasion of privacy though.

  • Before the biometric passports were introduced you could get it in 2 days if you were okay with two in-person visits. So now I'm wondering if the same procedure is still in use. – JonathanReez Supports Monica Jul 18 '17 at 22:20
  • @JonathanReez: See edit. – einpoklum - reinstate Monica Jul 18 '17 at 22:23
  • Oh well. I guess I'd just wait until their consulates have biometric scanners or get a 5 year passport. – JonathanReez Supports Monica Jul 18 '17 at 22:26
  • @JonathanReez: Get the 5-year one. Who knows - maybe Jehova will be merciful and the biometric law is repealed during the next 5 years... – einpoklum - reinstate Monica Jul 18 '17 at 22:30
  • My biggest concern is that things will go in the opposite direction and biometrics will start becoming mandatory in many countries. – JonathanReez Supports Monica Jul 18 '17 at 22:55

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