The National Insurance Institute pays for the burial of anyone who dies in Israel and is buried in Israel, as well as for anyone who dies abroad and is recognized by the National Insurance Institute as a resident of Israel at the time of death.
- If the deceased was a National Insurance Institute beneficiary and is brought for burial abroad, burial fees will be paid by the National Insurance Institute to whoever bore the expenses and is located in Israel, provided that the amount does not exceed the burial fees which would be paid if the deceased had been buried in Israel.
Who is Eligible?
- Relatives of a person who died abroad and is recognized by the National Insurance Institute as a resident of Israel (a citizen of Israel is not necessarily a resident of Israel).
How to Claim It?
Deceased Brought to Israel for Burial
- Relatives interested in bringing the deceased for burial in Israel must turn to the division of insurance and collection in the National Insurance Institute branch in the area of residence of the deceased, and receive from them a certification of the residency of the deceased.
- The certification from the National Insurance Institute is transferred to the funeral company.
- The family may give the funeral company financial collateral for 30 days in order to facilitate bringing the deceased for burial in Israel, and until the certification of residency can be produced from the National Insurance Institute.
- The funeral company may collect from the family:
- Payment for release of the deceased from customs (Ministry of Health fee)
- Payment for handling the issuing of the burial license
- Payment for the staff handling the realease of the deceased from customs for the company
Deceased Buried Abroad
- A relative located in Israel who bore the burial expenses of the deceased Israeli resident who died abroad must submit a claim on the Individual claim for payment of burial fees form
- Attach certification of burial expenses abroad to the claim form.
- The claim is submitted to the closest National Insurance Institute branch (by mail, fax or through the service booth).
- The burial fees paid will not exceed the basic maximum amount that would be paid if the deceased had been buried in Israel - 6,448 NIS (correct for the years 2016-2017).
Contacting the Call Center
- For questions or clarification call *6050 or 04-8812345
Laws and Regulations
- Original information was written as part of a rights accessibility project performed by the Elderly Services Department, part of the Jerusalem Municipality Social Services Department, as the result of a generous contribution from MASHOV - Citizens Involvement and Partnership for Community Advocacy.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.