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Israel travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates

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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Flight Restrictions

published 29.06.2020
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.
3. A completed “Health Declaration Form” must be presented upon arrival.

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Quarantine

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.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

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

  • 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
  • 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. 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 [https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/israel]
    [https://il.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
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