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ISRAEL TRAVEL ALERTS & SAFETY INFORMATION
In order to remain fully informed, below is the updated information about the ongoing situation in Israel with regard to the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19).
LATEST INFORMATION FOR TOURISTS TO ISRAEL ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19):
Tourists looking to
travel to Israel:
At the moment, and until further notice, entry to Israel will be refused to non-citizens or non-residents of Israel arriving from anywhere in the world. In exceptional cases, one may apply for approval of the Foreign Ministry subject to proof of the ability to remain in self-isolation for 14 days.
Tourists who are
currently in Israel:
- Visitors who are currently in Israel will not be allowed to continue with their planned visit and are requested to stay in their hotel and plan their departure from Israel as soon as possible.
- For now, hotels will continue operating according to the new regulations. This means, no more than 10 people in one area and maintaining a safe distance of 6.5 feet (two-meters) between each person.
- If you’ve been required to enter self-isolation, you must report it to the Ministry of Health: https://govforms.gov.il/
- If you develop a fever of 100.4F (38C) or higher, a cough, trouble breathing, or other respiratory symptoms, you must immediately enter self-isolation and call the 101 MDA Emergency Services Hotline for medical advice.
- It is absolutely forbidden to enter clinics or hospitals if you are showing any of the above symptoms!
General guidelines for all those staying in Israel:
- For the latest information on coronavirus cases in Israel, please refer to the Department of Health's website.
- The Israeli Government is monitoring the outbreak closely and has implemented temporary measures including border restrictions for travelers from around the world.
- Commercial establishments and entertainment venues will be closed including:
- Shopping malls (except for supermarkets, pharmacies, and places that provide TA food services)
- Discos, bars, pubs, and dining establishments, including hotel dining (excluding TA food services)
- Banquet halls
- Gyms and swimming pools, water parks, zoo, safaris, petting zoos
- Ritual baths (men), and bathhouses
- Cinemas, theaters, and other cultural establishments
- Amusement facilities and amusement parks
- Businesses for non-medical treatment of the human body
- Exhibition halls and fairgrounds
- Public boats
- Cable cars
- Heritage sites
- Prayer and religious ceremonies can be conducted in groups of up to 10 people, with 6.5 feet (2 meters) between people and no more than 2 groups at a time.
- Prohibition of visits to welfare, nursing, or healthcare facilities serving as homes for their residents, with the exception of a maximum of one caregiver, preferably a permanent caregiver.
- Regarding visits to hospitals and institutions:
- Visits to hospitals and senior facilities should be avoided.
- If a caregiver is needed, one caregiver must suffice.
- People showing symptoms are not permitted to accompany patients or visit institutions for seniors.
- Medical staff responsible for treating patients can only gather for work purposes in groups not to exceed 15 people.
- Seniors and patients: It is recommended for those aged 60 and over and those with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, respiratory disease or immunosuppression, avoid crowds and contact with people who have returned from any destination abroad, those who show symptoms, or people who are suspected of being infected, while maintaining their routine.
Public transport: The Ministry of Health recommends avoiding public transport.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- I am a tourist in Israel and I am concerned that I may have COVID-19, where should I go?
If you have a fever of 100.4F (38C) or higher, cough, trouble breathing, or other respiratory symptoms, you must immediately enter self-isolation and call the 101 MDA Emergency Services Hotline for medical advice. Do not go to an HMO clinic or emergency ward.
- I already have a trip booked for April and May, should I cancel my reservations?
At the moment, entry to Israel will be refused to non-citizens or non-residents of Israel arriving from anywhere in the world. In exceptional cases, one may apply for approval of the Foreign Ministry subject to proof of the ability to remain in self-isolation for 14 days.
- Are there any tourist sites, museums, institutes, and/or cultural spaces closed? Are restaurants and bars operating as normal?
Currently, commercial establishments and entertainment venues are closed. Please see the above list for details and exceptions.
- Are any upcoming events or conferences canceled? If so, which ones?
No events of more than 10 people are permitted in Israel.
- Will upcoming religious ceremonies still take place as regularly scheduled (Passover, Easter, etc.)?
Prayer and religious ceremonies can be conducted in groups of up to 10 people, keeping 6.5 feet (2 meters) from one person to another and no more than 2 groups at a time.
- What are the restrictions regarding local travel throughout the country?
The Ministry of Health recommends avoiding public transport.
No gatherings of more than 10 people are permitted.
- When will Israel be open to incoming visitors again?
At this moment there is not a known date in which Israel will be open to incoming visitors.