International Moving From NYC to Israel

Are you looking to make an international move from NYC to Israel? This is a fun and exciting time in your life. These moves are often made for work-related reasons, but sometimes they are personal decisions. You can rely on Sea & Air International to provide you with superb services to get you through this process smoothly. 

Our International Moving Services To Israel

International Moving From NYC to Israel

You need to prepare yourself for many changes when you are moving internationally. When you hire us to help you through this, we will ensure you are aware of all the acceptable, prohibited, and restricted items. The last thing you need is to be unaware of these important specifics and run into trouble at your new home. 

From arriving at your home to helping you pack to unpacking you at your new location, our team will be with you through this new journey. Some of the documents and items you will need are:

  • Valid Passport
  • Packing List In English
  • Residence Visa

If you are bringing your motor vehicle, you will need additional documents such as insurance documents, purchase invoices, a copy of the title, and more. There are additional documents for pets and more as well. 

Moving To Israel Is Exciting

Israel is an exciting and interesting place to live. It is located in the middle east and has a population of nine million. This area is known to many as the biblical Holy Lands. Jerusalem is one of the most frequently visited areas by tourists. 

If you are gearing up for a move to this country, call Sea & Air International for more information on our services to help you make this move a success.

Commonly Asked Questions

People have many questions when it comes to how our services work. We are always happy to talk to our customers and help them understand all the benefits they can see from hiring us. Here are a couple of examples of the many questions we receive from people:

Can Foreigners Move To Israel?

Israel is not an immigration country. This means it doesn’t have laws allowing foreigners to move there. 

Is Israel A Good Place To Live?

Everyone has their own opinion about what is acceptable. On average, most people enjoy living in this part of the country. 

What Is The Average Cost of Living in Israel?

The cost of living will depend on where you live and the type of housing you live in. On average, to live here, you will need on average 10% more than in America. Roughly, living costs are over $1,000 without rent. 

Call Sea & Air International Today

If you need help to move internationally from NYC to Israel, Sea & Air International can help. We have the necessary knowledge and experience to help you make a smooth transition to Israel. Call us today to get more information about our services and to make an appointment. Our team looks forward to working with you soon.

Customs Information



  • Only one of each electrical/electronic appliance is duty-free
  • Original invoices required
  • Must state make, model, and serial number
  • New items (invoice required)
  • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Carpets, curtains, linoleum, wallpaper, fabrics (state how many meters and price)
  • Tools and gifts
  • Musical instruments
  • Camping and sports equipment
  • Food items: allowed 15 kgs. per person, the balance is subject to Customs duties
  • Cordless telephones and facsimile machines are dutiable, and a special permit from the Ministry of Telecommunications is required. Recommend checking in advance whether the model in question is permissible.
  • Computer, answering machine, fax machine, safety car seat, car radio, windsurfer, electric powered lawn mower, building accessories, compact disc, and turntable (only if both are imported)


  • Firearms, weapons, ammunition, tear gas, explosives, and dangerous chemicals – (NOTE: Small arm calibers can be imported but require special permission from the Israeli Police and Ministry of Interiors.
  • Large quantities of any items are not permitted
  • Narcotics, drugs, and dangerous chemicals
  • Seed, live plants, and saplings
  • Pornographic material
  • Fresh meat


Documents required:

  • Valid passport.
  • Inventory + insurance list.
  • Invoices.
  • Contract for an apartment.
  • New immigrant booklet “teudat oleh”, or A-1 Visa stamp

Declaration+power of attorney. for customs to be prepared and signed at the d/s agent’s office.

Customs prescriptions

  • Shippers are allowed 3 shipments within 3 years of the entry date in the “teudat oleh”.
  • Shipment to arrive from the last country of residence during the last year.

Lease for a flat for a minimum of 1 year.


Car + professional tools are not to be counted within the 3 shipments.
All personal and hhg allowed free – electrical appliances – one of each. Fax machine subject to duty, building supplies i.e. sinks, taps, tiles, wall-to-wall carpeting, etc., proof of ownership on a residence, and size of residence – all subject to duty.

Documents required:

  • Valid passport.
  • Inventory + insurance list.
  • Invoices.
  • Contract for an apartment.
  • Passports must be signed by customs authorities confirming ‘returning Israeli rights’.

Declaration+power of attorney. for customs to be prepared and signed at the d/s agent’s office.

Documents required:

  • Valid passport.
  • Inventory + insurance list.
  • Invoices.
  • Contract for an apartment.
  • Official documents regarding his studies in a certified institute of education only 18 months stay out of Israel.
  • Passports must be signed by customs authorities confirming ‘returning student rights’.

Declaration + power of attorney for customs to be prepared and signed at the d/s agent’s office.

Customs prescriptions

  • 6 full years stay out of Israel.
  • Two shipments from 2 different countries are allowed.
  • Goods should arrive within 9 months of the shipper’s entry into Israel.

Air conditioner, piano organ, fax, car radio, carpets, BBQ, building supplies i.e. sinks, taps, tiles, wall-to-wall carpeting, etc., proof of ownership on a residence and size of residence, dryer, lawn mower, steam vent, video camera, deep freezer, DVD, telephones – all subject to duties. T.V. restricted to 29″ only

Documents required:

  • Valid passport.
  • Inventory + insurance list.
  • Invoices.
  • Contract for an apartment.
  • B-1 must be stamped in the passport.
  • Letter from Israeli employer.

Declaration+power of attorney for customs to be prepared and signed at the d/s agent’s office.

Customs prescriptions

There are some specific conditions for B-1 visa holders (=bureaucracy of customs authorities and high duty fees in Israel).


When the packers come to pack your goods, you must make sure that they get a full and detailed list of every item you are bringing, especially any electronic equipment or appliances.

For each electronic item, please inform the following:
– the make, model & serial no. of the item.
– How many years you have been using it.
– Include all small items (walkmans, coffee makers, etc.) on the list.
Please itemize all furniture as well as the makes and sizes of rugs.
Your company will have to put up a bank guarantee, covering the duty taxes for the above, until the items are re-exported from Israel, at the end of the assignment.
The customs agent in Israel must have this detailed information from you to be able to clear your goods from customs. NO DOUBLE ELECTRICAL ITEMS allowed tax-free.
You may import duty-free (covered by the bank guarantee) only one of each electrical item.
You may import more than one item, but the additional item is subject to full duty taxes – make sure you have in your possession all pertaining invoices, full details of the make, date of purchase, and model number. Thus we can obtain for you a devaluated basis for the customs authorities.

The duties for alcoholic beverages are as follows:
– Wine 160%
– Other 300%

In addition, it is impossible to clear a large amount of liquor through customs, and Ocean Co. will not be responsible for any delays or costs arising from the entire shipment held up by customs, due to the presence of liquors in the shipment. (Up to 12 bottles, preferably assorted)

Please remember that whatever you bring into Israel will have to be re-exported out of Israel at the end of your assignment; otherwise, the bond you paid will not be refunded.
Any item left in Israel is subject to customs duties.

You may bring in electrical items up to the amount of US$ 200.-/person (no item should be in excess of US $200.).
Random inspections are being performed by Customs Authorities.
You should pass the green line when you have nothing to declare.
You should pass through the red line when you have anything to declare.

Please remember that your local agent is able to clear your goods from customs only after you have submitted an application for the work permit, or with a B-1 visa stamped in your passport. Air / Surface is not to arrive before the shipper and settlement of the B-1 issue.

A random physical customs inspection should be taken into consideration prior to customs

We will need 4 working days for customs clearance and delivery, after the vessel’s arrival and pending receipt of relevant documents, including the original bank guarantee.

We can do a preliminary check to see whether the vehicle is listed in the customs book, in order to do so, we need a copy of the car license and invoice of purchase. If it is listed, the following documentation needs to be presented at release.
It is possible to import a tax-exempt car into Israel for a 6 months period.
The car owner must be present during customs clearance.

Documents required:
Valid passport, original driving license, insurance policy, original car registration permit, and letter from employer certifying that car owner is employed by him in Israel.
Upon the 6-month period expiry, the car owner, together with his employer, is entitled to apply for an additional 6 months period extension.

In case the extension is approved, the car owner is required to deposit a bank guarantee at customs authorities, covering the full amount of car taxes due in Israel. Upon completion of one-year-stay in Israel, the car owner has 3 options:

  1. Exporting the car.
  2. Temporary Export: The car and the owner must leave Israel for a period of 3 months.
    Then, return with the car and start the same tax-exempt procedure.
  3. Pay full taxes due, thus entitled to sell the car in Israel – provided the car complies with the Israeli applicable standards, and the car’s manufacture date does not exceed 4 years upon payment day. The customs authorities calculate the taxes based on the local price list and additions for accessories and extras such as special tires, etc.

Needs a bank guarantee or bank valid for the period of stay in the country. All goods must be exported when the B-1 visa expires.
Only one of each electrical appliance is otherwise subject to duty.

Documents required:

  • Valid passport.
  • Inventory + insurance list.
  • Invoices.
  • Contract for an apartment.
  • A-3 must be stamped in the passport.
  • Letter from the place of service.
  • Letter of guarantee or bank bond.

Declaration+power of attorney. for customs to be prepared and signed at the d/s agent’s office.

Documents required:

  • Packing list.
  • Valued insurance list.
  • Invoices.


All are subject to customs. No duty-free rights.

Documents required:

  • Inventory list.
  • Original Bill of Lading should indicate the Embassy\Consulate\UN Organization name as well as the shipper’s name
  • Power of Attorney for customs
  • Letter from the Chief signed by the Israeli Foreign Affairs must be issued for the release of the vehicle

The aforementioned documents should be endorsed and stamped by the embassy\consulate\un organization, and thereafter, should be stamped by the Israeli Customs Authorities and returned to us.

– The passport number & name of the diplomat should appear on the exemption form.
– Kindly issue a declaration for customs purposes, that no vehicle or firearms/weapons, whatsoever, are packed in this shipment.
– If a vehicle is included in the shipment, the type of vehicle & the chassis number should be listed on the bill of lading. A separate tax exemption should be issued by the consulate\un organization

· Health certificate
· Vaccination records
Click Here here for additional information about moving to Israel: Israel Government Portal

Making a false or misleading statement to the Authorities is an offense and may involve heavy penalties. Drug trafficking is against the law, and severe penalties apply.

Important: This information is intended for general guidance. Sea & Air International cannot, however, take responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use. As such, it is advisable to contact the nearest Australian customs office for full and current information prior to importation.

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