The National Insurance Institute is at your side during your life, from birth to advanced age, granting you a variety of social rights adapted to changing life situations.
The National Insurance Institute is responsible for the social security of Israeli residents.
Its primary mission is to ensure means of subsistence for those unable to earn their living.
The National Insurance Institute collects insurance contributions from all residents according to their social background and status, and pays benefits to those entitled. Hence, the income of economically established groups is transferred to weak and vulnerable groups and, thereby, the National Insurance Institute contributes to a more equitable distribution of national income and the reduction of dimensions of poverty. Further information...
An Israeli resident must pay national and health insurance contributions even while staying outside of the country. Arrears in payment of health insurance contributions during a stay abroad may affect your entitlement to receive health services.
Available methods of payment of insurance contributions
Anyone who travels abroad for a long trip and does not work over that period, is liable to pay during that trip minimum insurance contributions amounting to NIS 177 (as of Jan 01, 2020) per month, so long as he or she is an Israeli resident. This payment is intended to preserve rights for various benefits from the National Insurance Institute.
For instance: a person flying oversees after discharge from the army for two months, between 15.1 and 15.3, and who worked before and after the trip as salaried employee, has to pay insurance contributions as people who don't work, only for the month of February.Please note that on day of work in a month will be considered as a full working month.
A woman married to an Israeli resident (or common law couple) who relocated abroad - is considered a housewife, and is therefore exempt from insurance contributions payment in the following situations:
In such cases, her rights for benefits from the National Insurance Institute and for health insurance will be preserved, without being liable to pay any insurance contribution.
It is important to know that a married woman sent on unpaid leave by an Israeli employer or working for an Israeli in parallel to her employment with a foreign employer, is not regarded as a housewife and will be liable to pay insurance contributions on her income (even from the foreign employer).
As regard to spouses moving for relocation to work for a foreign employer and keeping their residency. What should they do?