The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will host a drop-in day for children’s passport services on May 19

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The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem said Friday it would allow drop-in visits for consular services for one day on May 19 to make it easier for children to get their passports this summer.

From 7:45 a.m. to noon next Thursday, walk-ins can apply for their children’s passports at the consular section of the embassy on David Flusser Street in Jerusalem.

Consular services for US citizens in Israel and for those applying for US visas have been deeply affected by closures and other security measures since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an embassy spokesperson.

The processing time for a new passport is seven weeks, according to the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Some consular services can be completed by mail, but children’s passports must be renewed in person.

The open house could help speed up the process for many parents waiting for appointments to renew or apply for child passports.

The walk-in day will not include adult renewal applications, lost passports or declarations of birth abroad. Although advance registration is not required, the embassy said those who already have an appointment in Jerusalem or at the embassy branch in Tel Aviv should not attend. .

The embassy also said it expects wait times during the open house to range between one and six hours, warning that it does not have facilities such as shade, bathrooms, chairs or water outside the enclosure, which will only be available at the entrance.

View of the US Consulate in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood, shortly before the building became the US Embassy in Israel, February 24, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

The Jerusalem Embassy and its extension in Tel Aviv have significantly reduced their in-person services since the onset of the pandemic in Israel from March 2020.

Due to the large backlog, finding appointments for passport applications took longer than usual. Last year, US citizens living in Israel formed a petition that was sent to US lawmakers, the White House and the Embassy in Israel. The petition had over 1,000 signatures.

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