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Useful Tips for Olim Chadashim

As our staff include Olim, we have first hand experience of what you, as an Oleh Chadash, are experiencing in establishing your new home in Israel. We aim to give you the service you are used to from "back home" with all the expertise and knowledge that comes from working within the Israeli system for over 40 years.

Here are six tips you may want to know before buying insurance in Israel: 

An Oleh Chadash has three years to convert their foreign license to an Israeli one BUT can only drive on the foreign license for the first year from the date of making Aliyah. It is not relevant if you have left the country repeatedly during that first year period, the entitlement is calculated from the date of arrival.

With a letter from the previous insurer overseas stating their claims history, an Oleh Chadash will not be considered a new driver, therefore ensuring a lower premium as a result.

It is recommended to be in contact with us prior to your Aliyah (or as soon as possible on arrival) to discuss contents insurance as maritime insurance provided by the shipping company is only valid until delivery of your shipment.

Prior to making Aliyah, we suggest that you speak to one of our experts about the benefits of maintaining your life insurance policy from abroad. It is highly recommended that you receive written confirmation from the insurer that the coverage will continue once resident in Israel, should you decide to maintain it. We also advise to check that the policy from abroad covers passive & active war and terror.

If you are making Aliyah on a trial basis, you may want to consider maintaining your private health policy abroad to avoid any complications should you return. This would also help you when you first arrive, as it can take a few days to activate your Kupat Cholim (Health Service) membership.

Try and research the Kupot Cholim in your new town before you arrive, to get an idea of which offers the best services to members (these can vary city to city).


Wishing you a Klita Kala! (easy absorption!)

 Goldfus Insurance & Investments is the trusted agent of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI) and has developed an expertise in working with Olim Chadashim and various other Aliyah Associations.

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