Published March 21, 2021 12:44 PM IST
In the wake of last week’s Supreme Court ruling, as of today, March 21, there are no restrictions on Israelis traveling out of the country. Effective immediately, Israelis may enter and exit Israel, regardless if they have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid. (As previously, returning Israelis will need to quarantine, unless they have been vaccinated or recovered.)
Foreigners: Last week, Chaim V’Chessed reported details of an emerging plan for the return of students to Israel. As of yet, contrary to various rumors, no official new rules have been published. Still, as Covid infection rates continue to plummet, there is room for cautious optimism. It is hoped that, following Pesach, the authorities will allow student visa holders to return to Israel. It is still unclear if entry will be limited only to those holding Green Passports, or if new students will be permitted to enter the country. We can share that government officials are deliberating on these issues, and will hopefully release new rules shortly.
Furthermore, for the past several months, permission has not been granted for exceptional circumstances, such as births, weddings or non-emergency medical conditions. No new rules have yet been issued for these areas, either. Here, too, there is hope that after Pesach, entry for these circumstances will be reinstated.
Lastly, as of last night, a new Vaadat Hetterim (Permits Committee) has been established. This Committee is tasked with granting permission to enter Israel for humanitarian reasons. Unfortunately, the Committee has not published any guidelines on who will be granted permission. One may apply for permission from the Committee at this link.