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Lesse Passe

June 23, 2023 6001 Time to read: 6 min. Comments: 18

What is Lesse Passe?

Lesse Passe (laissez passer) or Teudat Maavar is an Israeli passport that confirms Israeli citizenship abroad and provides visa-free entry to 61 countries.

What rights Lesse Passe gives its owner, what is required to obtain it, and how it differs from the Israeli passport Darkon — about this and much more information below.

Since Israel is interested in the return of all Jews to their historical homeland, Darkon for a period of 10 years is issued only to citizens living in Israel on a permanent basis. A new repatriate can immediately receive a Darkon for a period of 1 year and extend it if he permanently resides in the country. And if a citizen spends most of the time abroad, then the Ministry of Internal Affairs will replace Darkon on Lesse Passe.

Important note: A foreign passport has many options for names. The official name of the document that is embossed on its cover is Teudat Maavar, which in Hebrew means a travel document. Other names came from English – travel document and provisional passport. The people use its French version – Lesse Passe.

The difference between Lesse Passe and Darkon

 

The standard passport in Israel is Darkon. Lesse Passe serves as an alternative to it in a number of cases, namely:

  • If an Israeli citizen lives in the country for less than 183 days a year and ceases to be a resident.
  • If Darkon is lost while the person is abroad.

Lesse Passe differs from Darkon in the color of the cover: it is red, not blue. Also, Lesse Passe is not biometric, but it is issued for 5 years with the possibility of extension.

Lesse Passe Israeli Passport Renewal

You can prolong Teudat Maavar at the Israeli Ministry of Internal Affairs or by contacting the Israeli representation in the country of current residence. You must personally send to the Embassy:

  • Application for an extension. To be completed in Hebrew or English.
  • Identity document.

  • Lesse Passe, in need of extension.
  • Appointments must be booked in advance.

When renewing a travel document through the Israeli Ministry of Internal Affairs, the algorithm of actions will be the same as when submitting a request for the extension of Darkon. Lesse Passe will be issued for a period of 5 years. When it is issued, the period of the applicant’s total stay in Israel is not taken into account.

The Israeli consulate can issue Teudat Maavar with a shorter period of validity if a person has been absent from the country for a long time. This is done to provoke an arrival in order to extend the document inside the Israeli state. The government carefully monitors financial debts and the legality of staying in the country.

Lesse Passe Receipts

For some people, obtaining a laissez Passer is much more profitable than a Darkon. For example, the main document requires a person to live in Israel for more than 75% of the time per year, but this condition is not mandatory for holders of Teudat Maawar.

The holder of a temporary pass can buy real estate and other assets around the world without restrictions, register companies, while doing business as an Israeli.

Any Israeli citizen can apply for Lesse Passe. This will require an internal passport (identity card) – Teudat Zehut. A driver’s license is not suitable – keep that in mind. Children under the age of 18 come with a parent. If the parents are not legally married, both of them must give their consent in person by visiting the office together or separately. It is also possible to have a notarized permission, which one parent will transfer to the other.

You can obtain a document in Israel by contacting the Ministry of Internal Affairs or apply to the Israeli consulate in another country.

To obtain a Lesse Passe, you must personally submit an application with a request for this particular type of travel document. It is important that all items of the application are filled out correctly with real information. If some columns remain empty or the data is entered incorrectly, the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs have the right to refuse to consider the package of papers for receiving Teudat Maavar. All information provided by the applicant is checked for false information. Registration of a temporary foreign passport takes from 5 to 7 business days from the date of receipt of documents for work.

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Common Questions and FAQs

Our customers often ask questions regarding obtaining Lesse Passe and how it differs from Darkon. We explain to them the following:

  • Lesse Passe – aka Teudat Maawar in Hebrew and laissez-passer in French – gives an Israeli citizen the same rights as Darkon. Although its validity is immediately 5 years, it can be used to conduct business, open bank accounts, buy / sell real estate and more.
  • Israel’s Lesse Passe document provides the same protection and security to a citizen of the country abroad as Darkon. The only difference is the validity period: Lesse Passe is issued for a period of 5 years, and Darkon for 1, 5 and 10.
  • Teudat Maawar is limited in the number of countries you can visit without a visa. However, the list of 60 countries includes the most popular destinations.

One of the most important questions is – what is Israeli travel document visa free countries? Here it is:

  •  Almost all European countries are ready to let the owners of the Lesse Passe into their territory without a visa. They do not distinguish between Darkon and Lesse Passe.
  • The United States of America also does not see the difference between the two types of Israeli international passports, but the issue of visa-free entry for Israeli citizens is still under discussion.
  • The UK is a state where the authorities distinguish between Darkon and Lesse Passe, and a visa is required when crossing the border through Lesse Passe, but not through Darkon.

Benefits of Lesse Passe Passport

The travel document has a large list of advantages. The main ones include:

  • Validity. Unlike Darkon, which can be issued for 1 year, 5 and 10 years, Lesse Passe is issued immediately for 5 years and there is no need for permanent residence only in Israel.
  • Although the list of visa-free countries is smaller than with Darkon, if you have a foreign passport, this disadvantage is compensated.
  • Teudat Maavar opens the hottest destinations for its owner – this is the Schengen zone.
FAQ
What is a Teudat Maavar?

Teudat Maavar in Hebrew means a travel document. But the people most often use its French version of the name – Lesse-Passe. Teudat Maavar is an Israeli passport that confirms Israeli citizenship abroad and provides visa-free entry to 61 countries. It confirms Israeli citizenship abroad. To obtain it, permanent residence in Israel is not required, while all the rights of a citizen of the country remain.

What is the difference between Teudat Maavar (Lesse Passe) and Darkon?

The maximum validity period for Lesse-Passe is 5 years, for Darkon it is 10 years.

Darkon can only be extended by meeting the requirements for the number of days of residence in Israel. There are no such requirements for Lesse Passe, it can be extended regardless of the length of stay in Israel.

Teudat Maavar has a list of benefits. The main ones include:

  • Validity. Unlike Darkon, which can be issued for 1 year, 5 and 10 years, Lesse Passe is issued immediately for 5 years and there is no need for permanent residence only in Israel.
  • Teudat Maavar opens the hottest destinations for its owner – this is the Schengen zone.
Which countries accept Israel laissez passer?

For owners of Lesse Pass, there is a great opportunity to travel without a visa to almost all European countries.

If we consider the geography of the countries where every year people who have Lesse Passé on their hands went to rest, then it is quite wide.

The period of stay in countries with visa-free entry through Lesse Pass is rarely limited to 30 days (such as, for example, the Bahamas and the Falkland Islands).

Most states provide the opportunity to stay on their territory for up to 90 days, although there are also those where this period has been increased several times, for example, in Fiji it is 120 days, and in Georgia – 360.

Which countries refuse to recognise Israel?

According to Israeli law, 8 countries belong to the concept of “enemy state”, which means that entry into them without special permission from the Ministry of Internal Affairs is prohibited:

  • Iran;
  • Pakistan;
  • Iraq;
  • Libya;
  • Lebanon;
  • Saudi Arabia;
  • Syria;
  • Yemen.
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    Comments
    Ekaterina Istratova

    Hello! Is it possible to enter visa-free to Curacao with an Israeli Teudat Maavar? Thanks

    June 04 2024, 17:59
    Maya Laoshvili

    Hello! You can visit this country visa-free only with Darkon

    June 13 2024, 11:40
    Seth Ten

    Hello! Is it possible to enter visa-free to Argentina with an Israeli Teudat Maavar? Thanks

    May 28 2024, 23:20
    Maya Laoshvili

    Hello! You can enter Argentina with a Teudat Maavar (Lesse Passe) and stay there 90 days visa-free

    May 30 2024, 14:08
    Rachel Melomud

    Hello! I would be grateful if you could help me out and clarify whether an Israeli citizen with Laissez Passer/ Teudat Maavar is allowed visa-free entry to Taiwan/ Taipei. Thank you!

    April 24 2024, 20:51
    Maya Laoshvili

    Hello! You can stay in Taiwan with a Darkon passport (90 days). With Lesse Passe you need a visa

    May 06 2024, 11:01
    Ilya Mamiof

    Hello! Can I travel visa-free to Japan with lesse passe?

    March 28 2024, 14:06
    Maya Laoshvili

    Hello! Yes, you are able to travel to Japan visa-free and stay there for 90 days

    March 28 2024, 14:46
    Alex La

    Lesse Passe is not a red little book. This little book’s name is Teudat Maavr. But Lesse Passe is a piece of paper for one-time travel to Israel.

    March 19 2024, 20:25
    Maya Laoshvili

    Hello! Lesse Passe (laissez passer) or Teudat Maavar is an Israeli passport (little red book) that confirms Israeli citizenship abroad and provides visa-free entry to 61 countries.

    March 20 2024, 10:56
    Tina

    I am a holder of Israeli provisional passport, could you please check if I can travel to Dubai visa free?

    February 21 2024, 13:19
    Maya Laoshvili

    Hello! With Lesse-Passe you’ll need a visa.

    February 26 2024, 14:13
    Maria Filippova

    Can the non-biometric provisional passport be used for obtaining work permits and work visas in Europe?

    January 16 2024, 07:51
    Maya Laoshvili

    With a temporary Teudat Zeut — no, a foreign passport is required
    With temporary Darkon — it depends on the country, where you want to get a work permit.

    If you need an EU residence permit, we can work with you individually. To find out more, you can leave an application on our website

    January 18 2024, 12:47
    Natalie Yushkevich

    Is it possible to obtain a US tourist visa with Teudat Maavar?

    October 26 2023, 23:47
    Maya Laoshvili

    Yes. You can get a visa, up to 10 years

    January 18 2024, 11:25
    Omar Kashour

    Can you do an updated version of this please? (especially with the new USA visa-waiver for Israeli citizens)

    October 03 2023, 20:02
    Dominika Kagan

    Hello, of course, we update the materials with each new update, the most relevant information will be presented by the end of October!

    October 09 2023, 10:26
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