General information

General information

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    A. Address of the mission
    Yrjönkatu 36 A, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
     
    B. Reception hours for consular services
    The reception hours for consular services are between the hours 10:00 – 13:00 Monday to Friday. The services are provided by appointment only.

    Note that the Embassy and consulate are closed on Finnish as well as Israeli / Jewish holidays. Click here for a list of days when the embassy is closed.
     
    C. Telephone reception hours for consular services
    Telephone: +358-(0)9-6812020
    Monday to Friday: 13:00 – 15:00
     
    D. Jurisdiction
    The Embassy of Israel in Helsinki serves the public residing in Finland and in Estonia.
     
    E. Security instructions for people who wish to obtain consular services at the mission offices
    1. Please bring a photo ID.
    2. Every visitor and his belongings will be required to undergo a security check.
    3. For security purposes, no personal objects will be allowed into the mission, including handbags, mobile phones and electronic devices.
    4. Do not bring large handbags or suitcases to the mission.
    5. Do not bring food and/or beverage bottles or containers.
    6. The mission’s security directives apply to people in the consular waiting room. The instructions of the security staff must be obeyed at all times.
     
    F. Mailing material to the mission
    Material that is mailed to the Consular Department at the mission must be only sent to and collected from the following address:

    Embassy of Israel
    Consular Department
    Yrjönkatu 36 A
    00100 Helsinki.
     
    Material can also be scanned and send by e-mail to consular@helsinki.mfa.gov.il
     
    The sender is responsible for material mailed to the mission.
     
    It is important to stress that there are cases in which you are required to visit the mission in person. For more detailed information, see the section on Consular Services in Chapter 2.
     
    G. List of qualified Hebrew translators in Finland 
    If there is a need for document translation services from the local language into Hebrew or vice versa click here to obtain a list of translators.
    This list does not constitute a recommendation for any of the translators appearing on the list. Use of the services of the various translators is the responsibility of the person utilizing the services.
     
    H. List of criminal attorneys
    To obtain a detailed list of attorneys, 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.
     
    I. 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 mission consul 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: http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.authorities&cid=17
     
    Obtaining an Apostille in Finland:
    Apostille certification can be obtained from a public notary. In Finland, Local Registry Offices (Maistraatti in Finnish) have public notary services. For contact details of the Local Registry Office of the place of your residence, please see www.maistraatti.fi
     
    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.
     
    J. Contacts and inquiries about improving the service provided to the citizens
    Email can be sent to the following address: consular@helsinki.mfa.gov.il
    For feedback on the quality of service provided to the citizens by the mission, click on the following link: Feedback form
     
    K. The main laws of the State of Israel on which consular work abroad is based, are as follows:
    * 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 Register and Rehabilitation of Offenders Law, 5741 - 1981 - with all the amendments thereto over the years.
     
    L. Details of the Jewish Agency aliyah emissary
    The Jewish Agency aliyah emissary in Sweden assists also Finnish aliyah appliants. 
     
    If you are planning to immigrate to Israel please call the Jewish Agency Global Center for information: 990 800 5394 7424.
    Please see also the Jewish Agency website