TV Crews & Work Permits, Driver's licences
The issue of drivers licenses for foreign nationals stationed in Israel has been updated. According to the regulations foreign journalists will now fall into in the same category as foreign diplomats and consular staffers, the UN, staffers of the International Monetary Fund and the International Development Bank.
DRIVERS LICENSE CONVERSION: THIS WILL COME INTO EFFECT IN MAY 2017 !
According to regulation (takana) 216 of the Transportation Regulations, a foreign journalist may from now on take his/her national driving license and passport containing a valid B1 Visa to the licensing office at 17 Hatnufa St, Jerusalem, and ask for conversion of your foreign licence. The process is to ask for an "89" number. In order to receive this number you should present your foreign licence or an international licence in English, your passport with a valid B1visa and a valid GPO card. After receiving this numbber you will be given a list of photo stations who have approval from the Transportation Ministry - have your photo taken aand receive a "green form" for the driver's licence. Take the "green form" to an optometrist for an eye check. Return all to the licencing office. NB. Your B1 visa should still be valid for three months at least when applying for the conversion. The entire cost should not exceed NIS.100. The license is valid for one year, matching the validity of your B1visa. Plastic license cards will be issued and sent to you within 3 months of the conversion.
Current regulations require foreign nationals to obtain an Israeli driver's licence.
*Regarding insurance, it is the responsibility of the driver to coordinate with his insurance company / car rental company that he/she is fully insured when using a foreign license.
*This announcement does not apply if the license was issued by a country that does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.
TV crews and work permits - Foreign TV companies are permitted to bring in their own TV crews provided they use a local crew from time to time.