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Airlines Updates

Published on 07.09.2020
Israir adds Chania scheduled charters in Sep 2020

Published on 19.08.2020
El Al extends its flight suspension to 30 September

Published on 10.08.2020
British Airways resumes flights between London’s Heathrow Airport and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport

Published on 16.07.2020
El Al extends passenger flight suspension to August 31

09.07.2020 El Al Israel Airlines in the last few days closed reservations for its planned limited service, for the month of July 2020. The airline previously scheduled to operate following routes.

Tel Aviv – London Heathrow – Paris CDG – Tel Aviv 2 weekly 787-9
Tel Aviv – Los Angeles eff 10JUL20 1 weekly 787-9
Tel Aviv – Miami eff 10JUL20 1 weekly 787-9
Tel Aviv – New York JFK 3 weekly 787-9
Tel Aviv – Paris CDG 1 weekly 787-9

Including Sun d’Or, El Al’s scheduled service suspension is tentatively scheduled until 31JUL20.
Published on 08.07.2020
El Al to be nationalized

Published on 01.07.2020
El Al cancels all flights until further notice

29.06.2020
El Al Israel Airlines
has filed operations for the month of July 2020 to the US, despite the airline’s latest statement on its website says it is extending scheduled service suspension until 31JUL20. As of 0200GMT 29JUN20, planned US service as follows. Reservation is also available on the airline’s website and GDS channels, at time this post goes to press.

Further modification remains highly likely, as all flights are subject to Government Approval.

Tel Aviv – Los Angeles eff 10JUL20 1 weekly
LY105 TLV0105 – 0600LAX 789 5
LY108 LAX1200 – 1155+1TLV 789 7

Tel Aviv – Miami eff 10JUL20 1 weekly
LY117 TLV0015 – 0630MIA 789 5
LY118 MIA1230 – 0730+TLV 789 7

Tel Aviv – New York JFK 3 weekly
LY003 TLV0030 – 0515JFK 789 247
LY014 JFK1830 – 1200+1TLV 789 4
LY014 JFK2150 – 1520+1TLV 789 27
Published on 28.06.2020
El Al July 2020 Limited operation as of 24JUN20
El Al Israel Airlines has extended scheduled service suspension to 31JUL20, announced by the airline earlier this month. For the month of July 2020, the airline will operate flights to London and Paris, on limited-time basis. Planned schedule in July 2020 as follows.

Tel Aviv – London Heathrow – Paris CDG – Tel Aviv 2 weekly 787-9
LY229 TLV0900 – 1225LHR1500 – 1515CDG1830 – 2350TLV 789 47

Tel Aviv – Paris CDG 1 weekly
LY225 TLV0900 – 1250CDG 789 2
LY226 CDG1430 – 1950TLV 789 2

Published on 17.06.2020
El Al Israel Airlines cancels all flights to, from Israel until 31 July

Published on 08.06.2020
El Al Israel Airlines extends suspension of passenger flights until 30 June

Published on 21.05.2020
El Al to operate special passenger flights (TLV-CDG-LHR: 24-27MAY20, TLV-HKG: 25MAY20; TLV-BKK-TLV: 06-08JUN20)

Published on 20.05.2020
El Al extends suspension of commercial flights until 20 June

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Israel
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter or transit Israel.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers, provided they have submitted an “Isolation Self-Report Form” here.
    • Nationals and residents of Israel,
    • Passengers holding a specific entry approval issued by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Population and Immigration Authority.
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Flight Restrictions

published 18.08.2020

Total entry ban
Passengers are not allowed to enter and transit.
– This does not apply to passengers with an entry approval issued by the Population and Immigration Authority of Israel or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel.

Passengers must have an electronic approval obtained 24 hours before departure at go.gov.il.

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site or self-isolation at home.

International travellers returning from a ‘Green list’ country will not be required to enter self-isolation unless they have visited a ‘red list’ country in the prior 14 days. Full details of current ‘Green list’ countries can be found on the COVID-19 Air Transport website. Passengers arriving from a Red location must go into 14 days self-isolation and fill out an online isolation form.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known.

Upon arrival at the airport, your temperature will be taken. You must be able to prove you can enter isolation at home or another available dwelling in full compliance with the isolation guidance. If you are unable to do so, you will be sent to a state-sponsored hotel for isolation.
You must not use public transport to travel to your dwelling, except a single-passenger taxi, provided you sit in the back of the taxi with the windows open. Family members arriving together may travel together as long as everyone sits in the back.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Full Restrictions

  • Israel Government imposes three-week nationwide lockdown from 18 September (Reuters, 13.09.2020). Government may halt international flights as part of full nationwide shutdown planned from next week following (Newsd, 12.09.2020). Non-Israeli passport holders who do not come from countries with low coronavirus infection rates will be banned from entering the country until at least 1 October. (Israel National News , 25.08.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Israel on a limited number of routes.
    The Israeli authorities have announced that with effect from 18 March, foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter unless they are citizens or residents of Israel. Limited exceptions do apply. If you’re eligible for entry, you will need to complete an entry form. Travellers from countries on Israel’s ‘Green list’ will not be required to self-isolate, unless they have visited a country on Israel’s ‘Red list’ in the past 14 days. Check Israeli Population and Immigration Authority pages and the dedicated COVID-19 Air Transport website for full details click here. Restrictions also apply at land crossings between Israel and Jordan, and between the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan: The Allenby/King Hussein Bridge Crossing between the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan is closed in both directions. The Jordan River / Sheikh Hussein and Yitzhak Rabin/ Wadi Arraba crossings between Jordan and Israel are closed in both directions.
    Transiting via Israeli airports in order to travel on to other destinations is not currently permitted.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Authorities approved a plan for a three-week lockdown. First stage: effective Friday, 18 September 2020, from 14:00, and until 11 October. 1. Businesses that do not receive the public and which provide essential services may continue operating. 2. The full closure of all businesses that receive the public in the fields of commerce, culture, recreation and domestic tourism, including swimming pools. Gyms and restaurants (except for essential services, places for the sale of food, pharmacies, opticians or stores that deal mostly in hygiene products, stores for essential home maintenance products, communications products and medical devices). Businesses, including restaurants, shall be permitted to operate delivery services only. 3. Movement in leaving one’s home shall be restricted to 500 meters, except for essential needs to be detailed in the regulations. 4. Closure of the education system, except for special education, boarding schools and additional exceptions as detailed in the legislation regarding special authority in dealing with the coronavirus. (Remote learning will be enabled as much as possible). 5. Gatherings – restriction of gatherings according to the color red in the ‘traffic light’ model – up to 10 people in a closed space and up to 20 in an open area.
    Second stage: Traffic light plan. The transition to activity according to the ‘traffic light’ plan at the conclusion of the first stage will depend on an updated assessment of the morbidity situation and the decision of the corona cabinet. The activity of public transportation will be reduced and adapted to the scope of activity in the economy in each stage.
    There are limited public transport services to Ben Gurion International Airport, and local taxis and minicabs can be arranged. You may face delays or restrictions at Israeli controlled checkpoints around the West Bank, including when attempting to leave the West Bank. Foreign nationals who are currently in the West Bank must leave six hours before their scheduled flight and travel direct to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. If you are part of an organised tour group, you will travel on an Israeli bus which will be escorted by Israeli police direct to the airport. If you are travelling alone, you can take an Israeli taxi to the airport six hours before your flight. No prior coordination with the Israeli authorities is necessary. You will need to show your passport and flight ticket to authorities at the Israeli controlled checkpoint.
    Information on the current requirements when travelling in Israel can be found on Israel’s Ministry of Health website. This includes requirements when travelling on public transport, in taxis or in private vehicles, requirements to wear a face covering in public and information on localised lockdowns. There are penalties for breaching regulations.
    Some hotels across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have now reopened. Hotels in Israel are required to comply with the Purple Badge requirements and guidelines set by the Israeli Ministry of Health.
    Train services resumed on 22 June.

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    14.09.2020
  • Israel Non-Israeli passport holders who do not come from countries with low coronavirus infection rates will be banned from entering the country until at least 1 October. (Israel National News , 25.08.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Israel on a limited number of routes.
    The Israeli authorities have announced that with effect from 18 March, foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter unless they are citizens or residents of Israel. Limited exceptions do apply. If you’re eligible for entry, you will need to complete an entry form. Travellers from countries on Israel’s ‘Green list’ will not be required to self-isolate, unless they have visited a country on Israel’s ‘Red list’ in the past 14 days. Check Israeli Population and Immigration Authority pages and the dedicated COVID-19 Air Transport website for full details [https://www.gov.il/en/departments/population_and_immigration_authority].
    Restrictions also apply at land crossings between Israel and Jordan, and between the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan: The Allenby/King Hussein Bridge Crossing between the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan is closed in both directions. The Jordan River / Sheikh Hussein and Yitzhak Rabin/ Wadi Arraba crossings between Jordan and Israel are closed in both directions.
    Transiting via Israeli airports in order to travel on to other destinations is not currently permitted.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There are limited public transport services to Ben Gurion International Airport, and local taxis and minicabs can be arranged. You may face delays or restrictions at Israeli controlled checkpoints around the West Bank, including when attempting to leave the West Bank. Foreign nationals who are currently in the West Bank must leave six hours before their scheduled flight and travel direct to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. If you are part of an organised tour group, you will travel on an Israeli bus which will be escorted by Israeli police direct to the airport. If you are travelling alone, you can take an Israeli taxi to the airport six hours before your flight. No prior coordination with the Israeli authorities is necessary. You will need to show your passport and flight ticket to authorities at the Israeli controlled checkpoint.
    Information on the current requirements when travelling in Israel can be found on Israel’s Ministry of Health website [https://www.health.gov.il/English/Pages/HomePage.aspx]. This includes requirements when travelling on public transport, in taxis or in private vehicles, requirements to wear a face covering in public and information on localised lockdowns. There are penalties for breaching regulations.
    Some hotels across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have now reopened. Hotels in Israel are required to comply with the “Purple Badge” [https://govextra.gov.il/economy-tavsagol/] requirements and guidelines [https://govextra.gov.il/ministry-of-health/corona/corona-virus-en/guidelines/] set by the Israeli Ministry of Health.
    Train services resumed on 22 June.

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    25.08.2020
  • Israel Authorities extend ban of foreigners entry until at least 1 September (BNN, 20.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Israel on a limited number of routes.
    The Israeli authorities have announced that with effect from 18 March, foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter unless they are citizens or residents of Israel. Limited exceptions do apply. If you’re eligible for entry, you will need to complete an entry form. Travellers from countries on Israel’s ‘Green list’ will not be required to self-isolate, unless they have visited a country on Israel’s ‘Red list’ in the past 14 days. Check Israeli Population and Immigration Authority pages and the dedicated COVID-19 Air Transport website for full details [https://www.gov.il/en/departments/population_and_immigration_authority].
    Restrictions also apply at land crossings between Israel and Jordan, and between the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan: The Allenby/King Hussein Bridge Crossing between the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan is closed in both directions. The Jordan River / Sheikh Hussein and Yitzhak Rabin/ Wadi Arraba crossings between Jordan and Israel are closed in both directions.
    Transiting via Israeli airports in order to travel on to other destinations is not currently permitted.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There are limited public transport services to Ben Gurion International Airport, and local taxis and minicabs can be arranged. You may face delays or restrictions at Israeli controlled checkpoints around the West Bank, including when attempting to leave the West Bank. Foreign nationals who are currently in the West Bank must leave six hours before their scheduled flight and travel direct to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. If you are part of an organised tour group, you will travel on an Israeli bus which will be escorted by Israeli police direct to the airport. If you are travelling alone, you can take an Israeli taxi to the airport six hours before your flight. No prior coordination with the Israeli authorities is necessary. You will need to show your passport and flight ticket to authorities at the Israeli controlled checkpoint.
    Information on the current requirements when travelling in Israel can be found on Israel’s Ministry of Health website [https://www.health.gov.il/English/Pages/HomePage.aspx]. This includes requirements when travelling on public transport, in taxis or in private vehicles, requirements to wear a face covering in public and information on localised lockdowns. There are penalties for breaching regulations.
    Some hotels across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have now reopened. Hotels in Israel are required to comply with the “Purple Badge” [https://govextra.gov.il/economy-tavsagol/] requirements and guidelines [https://govextra.gov.il/ministry-of-health/corona/corona-virus-en/guidelines/] set by the Israeli Ministry of Health.
    Train services resumed on 22 June.

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    21.08.2020
  • Israel Authorities extend ban of foreigners entry until at least 1 September (BNN, 20.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Israel on a limited number of routes.
    The Israeli authorities have announced that with effect from 18 March, foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter unless they are citizens or residents of Israel. Limited exceptions do apply.
    Restrictions also apply at land crossings between Israel and Jordan, and between the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan: The Allenby/King Hussein Bridge Crossing between the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan is closed in both directions. The Jordan River / Sheikh Hussein and Yitzhak Rabin/ Wadi Arraba crossings between Jordan and Israel are closed in both directions.
    Transiting via Israeli airports in order to travel on to other destinations is not currently permitted.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There are limited public transport services to Ben Gurion International Airport, and local taxis and minicabs can be arranged. You may face delays or restrictions at Israeli controlled checkpoints around the West Bank, including when attempting to leave the West Bank. Foreign nationals who are currently in the West Bank must leave six hours before their scheduled flight and travel direct to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. If you are part of an organised tour group, you will travel on an Israeli bus which will be escorted by Israeli police direct to the airport. If you are travelling alone, you can take an Israeli taxi to the airport six hours before your flight. No prior coordination with the Israeli authorities is necessary. You will need to show your passport and flight ticket to authorities at the Israeli controlled checkpoint.
    Information on the current requirements when travelling in Israel can be found on Israel’s Ministry of Health website [https://www.health.gov.il/English/Pages/HomePage.aspx]. This includes requirements when travelling on public transport, in taxis or in private vehicles, requirements to wear a face covering in public and information on localised lockdowns. There are penalties for breaching regulations.
    Some hotels across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have now reopened. Hotels in Israel are required to comply with the “Purple Badge” [https://govextra.gov.il/economy-tavsagol/] requirements and guidelines [https://govextra.gov.il/ministry-of-health/corona/corona-virus-en/guidelines/] set by the Israeli Ministry of Health.
    Train services resumed on 22 June.

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    30.07.2020
  • Israel Train services will resume starting 22 June (Times of Israel, 17.06.2020). Resumption of bilateral flights, tourism possible from August (Xinhau, 16.06.2020). Ban on foreign nationals entering country extended until at least 1 July (Globes, 10.06.2020). Resumption of railway traffic postponed because of virus fears; no new date set (YNet News, 07.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Israeli authorities have announced that with effect from 18 March, foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter unless they are citizens or residents of Israel. Limited exceptions do apply. Most airlines have suspended or reduced flight operations to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. There are still some commercial options, albeit limited.
    All arriving passengers, including U.S. citizens, may be subject to health screening and/or a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Government of Israel-established quarantine center. Those who demonstrate the ability to maintain proper home isolation (such as those with a housing of their own or a completely separate housing unit with no other occupants) may be allowed to undergo their 14-day required isolation at home or another suitable location available to them. Individuals who are unable to home-isolate according to regulations will be directed to hotel isolation at the expense of the State of Israel. Arriving passengers will not be allowed to return to home isolation via public transportation with the exception of taxis (in accordance with regulations on masks/open windows).
    As of March 18, the Government of Israel announced the closure of its borders with Egypt and Jordan.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
    The Government of Israel announced updated guidelines and restrictions regarding personal movements and social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These guidelines include the requirement to wear a protective mask that covers the nose and mouth in public (see Israeli Ministry of Health (MOH) guidance [https://govextra.gov.il/media/15533/facemask_en.pdf] and guidelines regarding personal movement, gatherings, transportation, and businesses.

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    28.06.2020
  • Israel Train services will resume starting 22 June (Times of Israel, 17.06.2020). Resumption of bilateral flights, tourism possible from August (Xinhau, 16.06.2020). Ban on foreign nationals entering country extended until at least 1 July (Globes, 10.06.2020). Resumption of railway traffic postponed because of virus fears; no new date set (YNet News, 07.06.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter and transit.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Israel.
    – This does not apply to residents of Israel.
    2. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

    International restrictions:

    Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) remains open, but commercial flight options are limited. European carrier Wizz Air announced that it will resume limited flights between London Luton Airport (LTN) and a few destinations, including Tel Aviv, although, at the moment, only Israeli citizens and residents are allowed to enter Israel, provided they undergo self-quarantine for 14 days. This measure is in place until further notice. Quarantine should be undertaken in a state-designated facility. Isolation at home can be allowed on a case by case basis, but travellers are required to fill in this form 72 hours before departure. Entry exceptions may be made for non-nationals whose ‘centre of life is in Israel’. For further clarification if you qualify for this exception contact the nearest Israeli embassy. Borders with Jordan and Egypt are closed as well as crossings with Gaza. Tel-Aviv airport remains closed (apart from El Al repatriation flights available through Israeli embassies). Commercial flights from Ben Gurion airport to the United States with United Airlines, El AI and Turkish Airlines only.

    Internal restrictions:

    Up to 50 people can gather in an open-air space. Visits to first-degree family members are allowed. Two people can exercise together, while sea sports are allowed, although congregating at beaches remains prohibited. Restrictions requiring shops in Muslim-majority areas to close at 18.00 will be applied in communities designated as virus hotspots.

    Relaxation in restrictions:
    A multi-phase exit strategy is underway. The first began on 7 May, when malls and open-air markets and gyms were allowed to reopen. The reopening of smaller shops has been approved. These include: increasing the workforce to 30% in the private sector; allowing smaller shops to reopen, removing the 100 metres movement restriction for non-essential reasons; as long as social-distancing rules are adhered to. Schools have reopened for limited classes and under strict preventive measures. The restriction to only exercise within 1,640 feet (500 metres) from home is lifted. Hotels and other guest accommodation venues can reopen. All people must wear a facemask in public. An initial fine of 200 Israeli Shekel for failing to wear a mask after receiving a first warning applies, and a distance of two metres between people must be maintained. Further restrictions will be lifted, pending an assessment of the situation, 31 May and 14 June when the majority of restrictions can be lifted (under the condition of adhering to social-distancing rules and additional preventive measures).

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    18.06.2020
  • Israel Passengers are not allowed to transit or enter Israel.
    – This does not apply to:
    – nationals and residents of Israel.
    – passengers with an entry approval issued by the Population and Immigration Authority of Israel.

    International restrictions:

    Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) remains open, but commercial flight options are limited. European carrier Wizz Air announced that it will resume limited flights between London Luton Airport (LTN) and a few destinations, including Tel Aviv, although, at the moment, only Israeli citizens and residents are allowed to enter Israel, provided they undergo self-quarantine for 14 days. This measure is in place until further notice. Quarantine should be undertaken in a state-designated facility. Isolation at home can be allowed on a case by case basis, but travellers are required to fill in this form 72 hours before departure. Entry exceptions may be made for non-nationals whose ‘centre of life is in Israel’. For further clarification if you qualify for this exception contact the nearest Israeli embassy. Borders with Jordan and Egypt are closed as well as crossings with Gaza. Tel-Aviv airport remains closed (apart from El Al repatriation flights available through Israeli embassies). Commercial flights from Ben Gurion airport to the United States with United Airlines, El AI and Turkish Airlines only.

    Internal restrictions:

    Up to 50 people can gather in an open-air space. Visits to first-degree family members are allowed. Two people can exercise together, while sea sports are allowed, although congregating at beaches remains prohibited. Restrictions requiring shops in Muslim-majority areas to close at 18.00 will be applied in communities designated as virus hotspots.

    Relaxation in restrictions:
    A multi-phase exit strategy is underway. The first began on 7 May, when malls and open-air markets and gyms were allowed to reopen. The reopening of smaller shops has been approved. These include: increasing the workforce to 30% in the private sector; allowing smaller shops to reopen, removing the 100 metres movement restriction for non-essential reasons; as long as social-distancing rules are adhered to. Schools have reopened for limited classes and under strict preventive measures. The restriction to only exercise within 1,640 feet (500 metres) from home is lifted. Hotels and other guest accommodation venues can reopen. All people must wear a facemask in public. An initial fine of 200 Israeli Shekel for failing to wear a mask after receiving a first warning applies, and a distance of two metres between people must be maintained. Further restrictions will be lifted, pending an assessment of the situation, 31 May and 14 June when the majority of restrictions can be lifted (under the condition of adhering to social-distancing rules and additional preventive measures).

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    22.05.2020
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    International restrictions:

    European carrier Wizz Air announced that it will resume limited flights between London Luton Airport (LTN) and a few destinations, including Tel Aviv, although, at the moment, only Israeli citizens and residents are allowed to enter Israel, provided they undergo self-quarantine for 14 days. This measure is in place until further notice. Quarantine should be undertaken in a state-designated facility. Isolation at home can be allowed on a case by case basis, but travellers are required to fill in this form 72 hours before departure. Entry exceptions may be made for non-nationals whose ‘centre of life is in Israel’. For further clarification if you qualify for this exception contact the nearest Israeli embassy. Borders with Jordan and Egypt are closed as well as crossings with Gaza. Most checkpoints between Jerusalem and Bethlehem and its surrounding suburbs in the West Bank have been closed until further notice. Tel-Aviv airport remains closed (apart from El Al repatriation flights available through Israeli embassies). Commercial flights from Ben Gurion airport to the United States with United Airlines, El AI and Turkish Airlines only.

    Internal restrictions:

    Up to 50 people can gather in an open-air space. Visits to first-degree family members are allowed. Two people can exercise together, while sea sports are allowed, although congregating at beaches remains prohibited. Restrictions requiring shops in Muslim-majority areas to close at 18.00 will be applied in communities designated as virus hotspots. Relaxation in restrictions: A multi-phase exit strategy is underway. The first began on 7 May, when malls and open-air markets and gyms were allowed to re-open. The re-opening of smaller shops has been approved. These include: increasing the workforce to 30% in the private sector; allowing smaller shops to reopen, removing the 100 metres movement restriction for non-essential reasons; as long as social-distancing rules are adhered to. Schools have reopened for limited classes and under strict preventive measures. The restriction to only exercise within 1,640 feet (500 metres) from home is lifted. Hotels and other guest accommodation venues can re-open. All people must wear a face mask in public. An initial fine of 200 Israeli Shekel for failing to wear a mask after receiving a first warning applies, and a distance of two metres between people must be maintained. Further restrictions will be lifted, pending an assessment of the situation, 31 May and 14 June when the majority of restrictions can be lifted (under the condition of adhering to social-distancing rules and additional preventive measures).

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    19.05.2020
  • Israel

    International restrictions:

    European carrier Wizz Air announced that it will resume limited flights between London Luton Airport (LTN) and a few destinations, including Tel Aviv, although, at the moment, only Israeli citizens and residents are allowed to enter Israel, provided they undergo self-quarantine for 14 days. This measure is in place until further notice. Quarantine should be undertaken in a state-designated facility. Isolation at home can be allowed on a case by case basis, but travellers are required to fill in this form 72 hours before departure. Entry exceptions may be made for non-nationals whose ‘centre of life is in Israel’. For further clarification if you qualify for this exception contact the nearest Israeli embassy. Borders with Jordan and Egypt are closed as well as crossings with Gaza. Tel-Aviv airport remains closed (apart from El Al repatriation flights available through Israeli embassies). Commercial flights from Ben Gurion airport to the United States with United Airlines, El AI and Turkish Airlines only.

    Internal restrictions:

    Up to 50 people can gather in an open-air space. Visits to first-degree family members are allowed. Two people can exercise together, while sea sports are allowed, although congregating at beaches remains prohibited. Restrictions requiring shops in Muslim-majority areas to close at 18.00 will be applied in communities designated as virus hotspots. Relaxation in restrictions: A multi-phase exit strategy is underway. The first began on 7 May, when malls and open-air markets and gyms were allowed to re-open. The re-opening of smaller shops has been approved. These include: increasing the workforce to 30% in the private sector; allowing smaller shops to reopen, removing the 100 metres movement restriction for non-essential reasons; as long as social-distancing rules are adhered to. Schools have reopened for limited classes and under strict preventive measures. The restriction to only exercise within 1,640 feet (500 metres) from home is lifted. Hotels and other guest accommodation venues can re-open. All people must wear a face mask in public. An initial fine of 200 Israeli Shekel for failing to wear a mask after receiving a first warning applies, and a distance of two metres between people must be maintained. Further restrictions will be lifted, pending an assessment of the situation, 31 May and 14 June when the majority of restrictions can be lifted (under the condition of adhering to social-distancing rules and additional preventive measures).

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    18.05.2020
  • Israel Non-Israelis will not be allowed into Israel until 16 May. Airlines will resume Israel flights from May (Simpleflying.com, 27.04.2020) Government announces complete lockdown from 7 April, curfew from 8 April (Israel News Network, 07.04.2020)

    International restrictions:

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Israel. – This does not apply to nationals of Israel. – This does not apply to residents of Israel. – This does not apply to passengers that have a specific entry approval from the population and Immigration Authority of Israel. 2.Transit facilities at Tel Aviv (TLV) are temporarily suspended. 3. All international arrivals will be quarantined at a government-designated facility for a period of 14 days.

    Internal restrictions:

    Additional lockdown measures placed on ultra-Otrhodix neighborhoods in Jerusalem city have been lifted. Up to 20 people can gather in an open-air space. Visits to first-degree family members are allowed. Two people can exercise together, while sea sports are allowed, although congregating at beaches remains prohibited. Hotels and other guest accommodation venues can re-open. Shops in Muslim-majority areas are to remain closed between 19.30 and 03.00 until at least 10 May. Relaxation in restrictions: A multi-phase exit strategy is underway. The first began on 7 May, when malls and open-air markets and gyms were allowed to re-open. Further restrictions will be lifted, pending an assessment of the situation, on 10, 17, 31 May and 14 June when the majority of restrictions can be lifted (under the condition of adhering to social-distancing rules and additional preventive measures). Pending review of the situation, on 10 May, day-care centres and nurseries will be allowed to re-open. The limit on the number of people allowed to gather is also expected to increase to 50. The re-opening of smaller shops has been approved. These include: increasing the workforce to 30% in the private sector; allowing smaller shops to reopen, removing the 100 metres movement restriction for non-essential reasons; and increasing to 20 the maximum number of allowed participants in certain social activities, such as prayer, as long as social-distancing rules are adhered to. Schools have reopened for limited classes and under strict preventive measures. The restriction to only exercise within 1,640 feet (500 metres) from home is lifted. Hotels and other guest accommodation venues can re-open. All people must wear a face mask in public. An initial fine of 200 Israeli Shekel for failing to wear a mask after receiving a first warning applies, and a distance of two metres between people must be maintained. Further restrictions will be lifted, pending an assessment of the situation, on 17, 31 May and 14 June when the majority of restrictions can be lifted (under the condition of adhering to social-distancing rules and additional preventive measures).

    Source: https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://il.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

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    12.05.2020
  • Israel Non-Israelis will not be allowed into Israel until 16 May.

    Airlines will resume Israel flights from May (Simpleflying.com, 27.04.2020)
    Government announces complete lockdown from 7 April, curfew from 8 April (Israel News Network, 07.04.2020)

    International restrictions:

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Israel.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Israel.
    – This does not apply to residents of Israel.
    – This does not apply to passengers that have a specific entry approval from the population and Immigration Authority of Israel.
    2.Transit facilities at Tel Aviv (TLV) are temporarily suspended.
    3. All international arrivals will be quarantined at a government-designated facility for a period of 14 days.

    Internal restrictions:

    Additional lockdown measures placed on ultra-Otrhodix neighborhoods in Jerusalem city have been lifted.
    The towns of Netivot and Beit Shemesh have been under temporary lockdown since 26 April.
    Residents are allowed to travel for work.
    The towns where the new restrictions apply are: Ashkelon, Beitar Illit, Beit Shemesh, Elad (Center district), Migdal Haemek, Modiin Illit, Or Yehuda and Tiberias. Since 1 April the following restrictions are in place:
    Gatherings of more than two people are banned.
    Public prayers are not allowed.
    People are not allowed to walk more than 100 metres from their homes with the exceptions of: going to work, buying necessary goods, receiving medical care, donating blood, legal proceedings, to attend a demonstration, and going to the Knesset.
    All people must wear a face mask in public.
    It is compulsory to wear face masks in public spaces. An initial fine of 200 Israeli Shekel for failing to wear a mask after receiving a first warning applies.

    Relaxation in restrictions: An easing of internal movement restrictions and the re-opening of smaller shops has been approved. These include: increasing the workforce to 30% in the private sector; allowing smaller shops to reopen, removing the 100 metres movement restriction for non-essential reasons; and increasing to 20 the maximum number of allowed participants in certain social activities, such as prayer, as long as social-distancing rules are adhered to. On 27 April, the cabinet approved plans to reopen schools from 3 May, for limited classes and under strict preventive measures. The restriction to only exercise within 1,640 feet (500 metres) from home is lifted. Markets, gyms and malls are expected to reopen on 7 May.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Ministry of Health/
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