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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Israel
Data Last Updated: September 05, 2020

General Information

Very Limited Access

Israel has reopened its borders to some international tourists from Greece beginning August 1, 2020.

Nonresident foreign nationals remain banned from entering Israel through at least Sept. 1.

Israel plans to open borders to tourists by the end of August, starting with visitors from 20 'green' countries, including Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Slovenia and the UK.

Israel Travel

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

Beginning Sept. 7, authorities in Israel plan to impose localized lockdowns on designated “red” towns with high coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates as part of efforts to combat an increase in cases nationwide. 

Movement in and out of the affected areas will be restricted and residents will be required to remain within 500 meters of their homes. 

Most businesses and schools will close. The Ministry of Health stated that the complete details of the restrictions, including the finalized list of “red” towns, will be announced by Sept. 6. The areas currently defined as “red” include approximately 30 localities, comprised primarily of Arab and ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities.

On  July 6, authorities in Israel have reimposed several restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) following an increase in cases nationwide. 

Under the new directive, event halls, bars, clubs, gyms, and public pools must close until further notice; cultural performances are canceled. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, with participants being required to wear protective face coverings and to comply with social distancing guidelines. 

Capacity restrictions have been reimposed on restaurants, houses of worship, and public buses.

Airlines & Transport

Authorities previously extended the existing entry ban for nonresident foreign nationals through at least Oct. 1. Israel's flag carrier El Al Airlines (LY) has extended its suspension of regular passenger flights until at least Sept. 30 due to continued coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions on passengers arriving from most countries. Cargo and emergency flights remain unaffected.

El Al is operating limited direct flights between Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) and select international destinations, including Paris, London, Los Angeles, and New York City through Aug. 2.

The government may allow flights with Greece and Cyprus to resume Aug. 1 depending on COVID-19 activity in the coming weeks.

Status of Opening to Tourists

Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days

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Reopening Soon For Tourists From:

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Information for Non-Tourists

Israel's Ministry of Health has exempted Israeli citizen and residents returning from certain countries with low coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates from the nation's mandatory 14-day quarantine beginning Aug. 16. 

Israeli citizens and legal residents returning from any other destinations are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Arriving travelers who cannot demonstrate that they can self-quarantine at home will be isolated at a government-established facility. 

313,701

Cases

2,514

Deaths

34,107

Cases Per Million
Recovering Well From COVID-19

Graph of COVID-19 Cases In Last 30 Days
For Israel

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