Published December 13, 2021 7:01 PM IST
As reported yesterday, Israel has announced that England and Denmark will soon be classified as Red countries. As opposed to earlier reports, the Health Ministry has altered the timing of this move. Now, England and Denmark will become Red at midnight on December 17, the night between Thursday and Friday.
Israelis are prohibited from traveling to Red countries. Additionally, entry by non-citizens from Red countries is severely restricted. Even visa holders, who are currently permitted to enter Israel, are barred from entering from Red countries, unless they receive special entry permits.
As in previous go-rounds, Israelis may apply for special permission to enter a Red country at this link. Foreigners seeking to enter Israel under exceptional circumstances, from any country, may apply to the Exceptions Committee. Learn more about permitted exceptions at this page, prepared by the staff of the Chaim V’Chessed Bureaucratic Department.
Naturally, the exceptions which will be permitted to enter Israel from Red countries will be severely restricted. For instance, entry will not be granted for the births of grandchildren, or for Bar/Bat Mitzvas from Red countries. For weddings, only the chosson/kalla and their parents will be permitted to enter Israel. Therefore, those travelling from soon-to-be Red countries, who currently are eligible for exceptions, would be advised to apply for those permits immediately.