General Information

General Information

  • Consular Services

    Please note the following change to regulations:
    The procedures have been updated and in order to obtain a student visa for religious institutions, seminars and Secondary schools, the student must be invited by the institution through the Ministry of Interior in Israel only.
    If the candidate obtaining a visa is underage, the parents must report to the mission and sign the consent for issuing the visa.
    Basic Information
    Address of the Mission
    Consulate General of Israel
    180 Bloor Street West, Suite 700,
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5S 2V6
    Reception Hours for Consular Services:
    The Consular Section is open to the public by appointment ONLY from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30pm (Excluding holidays)
    For questions pertaining to military issues: 416-640-8510
    Consular Phone: 416- 640- 8505 (10:00am - 1:00pm)
                                                     HOLIDAYS - 2015 
                New Year’s Day                                             Thursday, January 1
                Family Day                                                     Monday, February 16
                Good Friday                                                  Friday, April 3
                Passover 7th day                                          Friday , April  10
                Independence Day                                        Thursday, April 23
                Victoria Day                                                   Monday, May 18
                Shavuot 2nd Day                                         Monday, May 25
                Canada Day                                                   Wednesday, July 1
                Civic Holiday                                                 Monday, August 3
                Labour Day                                                    Monday, September 7
                Rosh Hashana 1st day                                  Monday, September 14
                Rosh Hashana 2nd day                                 Tuesday, September 15
                Yom Kipur                                                     Wednesday, September 23
                Sukot 1st day                                                 Monday, September 28
                Sukot 2nd day                                                 Tuesday, September 29
                Shmnini Atzeret                                            Monday, October 5
                Simchat Tora                                                 Tuesday, October 6
                Thanksgiving Day                                         Monday, October 12
                Christmas Day                                              Friday, December 25
    Security Instructions for People wishing to obtain Consular Services at the Mission Offices:
    1. Please bring valid photo ID.
    2. Every visitor will be required to undergo a security check. This includes any items you are bringing with you.
    3. For security purposes, no personal objects will be allowed into the Mission, including bags, handbags, purses, mobile phones and electronic devices, food and/or beverage bottles or containers.
    4. Because of limited size of the waiting room and the hige volume of visitors as well as the time needed for security check, person who do not need cosular service will not be permitted to enter the consulate. this includes spouses, family members, etc.
    5. Seniors, disabled persons or minors requiring consular services may be escorted by one other person.
    The Mission’s security directives apply to people in the consular waiting room. The instructions of security staff must be obeyed at all times.
    Cash payments are no longer accepted- only debit/credit cards (not Amex) or certified cheque (Canadian dollar only)  Please make payment payable to: Consulate General of Israel
    Every document requiring a signature that is mailed to the Consulate must be signed in front of a notary public officer.   
    Telephone Reception Hours for Consular Services
    Inquiries over the phone from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at: (416) 640-8505
    General number: (416) 640-8500
    Fax: (416) 640-8555
    Due to a change in regulations all police certificate need to be mailed to the requesting office by registered mail. 
    Please provide a pre-paid addressed registered envelope to the requesting office when applying for the police certificate.
    Failure to do so would prevent us from sending the certificate.
    Due to regulation changes, you will have to be present at the Consulate if you need to do one of the following actions - If your action relates to a child or minor, they must be present at the consulate as well: (you won’t be able to sign in front of a notary public and to mail it to the consulate)
    a.    Application for first passport – if you never had an Israeli passport before.
    b.    Application for renewing / extending passport for a minor. – if the parents are married the presence of one of them is enough in some cases.
    c.    Application for a passport due to loss / theft / destruction of a passport..
    d.    Notification of the birth of an Israeli citizen abroad – the presence of one parent is needed the child does not need to come to the Consulate.
    e.    Notification of change in marital status.
    f.     Notification of change of name.
    g.    Application of waiver of Israeli citizenship.
    List of Qualified Translators
    If there is a need for document translation services from the local language into Hebrew or vice versa you can use the following translators, or another certified translator of your choice:
    Rachel Stockhammer (647) 496-0284
    Fax: (416) 638-9588
    Rachel Ovadia (905)707-8793
    The above does not constitute a recommendation for the translators appearing on the list. Use of the services of a certified translator is the responsibility of the person utilizing the services.
    List of Attorneys
    Below is a list of attorneyswhose services can be retained if necessary. The Mission is not permitted or authorized to recommend any particular attorney.

    Matthew Moyal (416)-733-0330
    Leora Shemesh (416)-944-8111​
    Dvir David Hadary  (647)-864-2292
    Charles B. Wagner (416)-366-6743
    Itamar Cohen (905) 709-3896
    Alex Fridman (647) 261-9080
    Keith M. Landy (416) 221-9343/229
    Gordi Wiseman (416) 964-2285
    To obtain a more detailed list, click here for the website of the local Bar Association.
    This list does not constitute a recommendation for any of the attorneys appearing on the list. Use of the services of the various attorneys is the responsibility of the person utilizing the services.
    Verification of Public Documents
    There are two possibilities for verifying a public document:
    1. Verification by Means of Apostille
    In 1978, Israel signed and ratified the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents - 1961 (hereinafter, the Hague Convention). The purpose of this Convention was to shorten the processes required for a particular country to recognize the official documents issued by another country, by means of apostille certification.
    Public documents and certificates that were issued in one of the countries that are signatories to the above Convention, and which bear the apostille stamp, are valid for presentation in Israel, without the need for additional verification / certification by the diplomatic / consular representative at the Israeli Mission.
    Additionally, for countries that are signatories to the Hague Convention, no additional verification is required by the consular representative of the country for which the document is designated, if it was stamped with an apostille in Israel.
    With regard to a list of the countries that signed the Convention, and details about the authority competent to grant apostille certification in each country, as well as additional information, click on the following link:
    Canada is not a signatory to the Hague Convention. Therefore, any official document or certificate of Canadian origin presented at the mission must be authenticated at one of the official offices in the province in which it was signed.
    Following is the list of official offices:
    Official Documents Services
    222 Jarvis st main floor
    Toronto, ON
    M7A 0B6
    Fax: 416-325-8434
    Manitoba - Department of Finance
    1034-405 Broadway
    Winnipeg, MB R3C 3L6
    Tel: (204) 945-2654
    Deputy Provincial Secretary
    800- 1874 Scarth Street
    Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 4B3
    Tel: (306)787-3899
    Alberta Attorney General
    9833-109 Street
    Edmonton, AB T5K 2E8
    Tel: (403) 427-5032
    The Law Society of Alberta
    600-919 11th Avenue S.W.
    Calgary, AB T2R 1P3
    Tel: (403) 229-4700
    At this office, all documents need to be attached, with official signature page attached on top.
    British Columbia
    The Law Society of British Columbia
    845 Cambie Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9
    Tel: (604) 669-2533
    2. Verification by Means Other than Apostille
    Verification of a document in a country that is not a signatory to the Hague Convention should be implemented as follows:
    After the document is verified by the competent authority in the foreign country (usually the Foreign Ministry or Ministry of Justice), the Israeli consular representative verifies the signature of the competent authority.
    Contacts and Inquiries about improving the service provided to Citizens
    An email can be sent to the following address:
    For feedback on the quality of service provided to citizens by the Mission, click here.
    The Main Laws of the State of Israel which Consular Work Abroad is Based
    • The Law of Return, 5710 - 1950 - with all the amendments thereto over the years.
    • The Entry into Israel Law, 5712 - 1952 - with all the amendments thereto over the years.
    • The Law of Citizenship, 5712 - 1952 - with all the amendments thereto over the years.
    • The Passports Law, 5712 - 1952 - with all the amendments thereto over the years.
    • The Names Law, 5716 - 1956 - with all the amendments thereto over the years.
    • The Population Registration Law, 5725 - 1965 - with all the amendments thereto over the years.
    • The Notaries Law, 5736 - 1976 - with all the amendments thereto over the years.
    • The Defense Service Law (Consolidated Version), 5747 - 1986 and the authority to implement it abroad - with all the amendments thereto over the years.
    • The Crime Registry and Rehabilitation of Offenders Law, 5741 - 1981 - with all the amendments thereto over the years.

    Details of the Jewish Agency Aliyah Emissary: If the Law of Return applies to you and if you would like to make Aliyah, please call the Israel Aliyah Centre in Toronto at (416) 633-4766, ext. 2, or at 1-866-421-8912; or visit their website at:

    The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption is responsible for providing government assistance to new immigrants who have arrived in Israel within the last decade - from their arrival in the country to their integration into every area of life in Israeli society. A 24-hour phone information centre is provided in three languages: English, Hebrew and Russian - 972-3-9733333.
    *** We do our best to process all consular requests in a timely manner and we appreciate your patience